Member # 25
posted November 02, 2002 07:09 AM
1. A list of game-related terms and their definitions shall be kept on the website. This list shall be known as Webster.
2. Webster's definitions shall be used when interpreting the rules.
3. Any player may at any time add a new term and corresponding definition to Webster.
4. A newly-added definition is provisional for two weeks, and if no objections are raised during that period it becomes official.
5. Provisional definitions are used just like official ones when interpreting rules, with the following exception: any player may at any time object to the definition and propose that it be amended or removed.
6. When a player raises an objection to a provisional definition, that definition is removed from the list. Any pending decisions, votes, or disputes within the game shall not consider the disputed definition to be valid.
7. When a player raises an objection to a provisional definition, a vote will be held. Voting will be conducted in the same manner as voting for a proposal is conducted. If the objector requests an amendment, he or she must provide the full text of the rule as it would appear once amended.
8. If an objection requests that a definition be removed:
a. If the objection's vote passes, the definition is removed from Webster.
b. If the objection's vote fails, the definition is reinstated into Webster and becomes official.
9. If an objection requests that a definition be amended:
a. If the objection's vote passes, the amended definition is placed into Webster and becomes official.
b. If the objection's vote fails, the original definition is placed into Webster as a provisional definition and starts its two-week provisional period over again.
I prefer to remove definitions from the central body of rules, and make them easy to put into place for the purpose of clarification. Because anybody can make a new definition, we have a new powerful tool to make our rules more clear without having to go through many iterations of voting to deal with subtleties of language in the rules. But the fact that anybody can object and call a vote means that this system will be difficult to abuse.
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