Matthew G Potter on 12 Oct 2000 17:35:30 -0000

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spoon-discuss: comments on judgement

I initially had these as bracketed comments in my judgement, but they aren't really germane to the judgement itself, and as such probably shouldn't be included with it in any sort of permanent record. I'll give them here.

Dammit Joel, the definition of active rules in 222/0 sucks. It says, "Live Proposals not deactivated are 'active'; all other Live Proposals are 'inactive'." Active proposals are defined by not being inactive, and inactive proposals are defined by not being active. I know jack about symbolic logic, so for all I know this may work just fine, but it would be nice to have an independent statement on what constitutes an active or inactive proposal in there for those of us who don't necessarily believe language is essentially mathematical. :P

As it stands, the beginning voting period creates a de facto 'end of the nweek,' since any proposals made after the beginning of the voting period will fall on the subsequent nweek's ballot as though they were activated in that nweek. While it sort of works, this lame duck period is ugly and I'm sure will offend Joel's sense of taxonomical clarity. We should probably resolve it somehow in the near future.