Donald Whytock on 27 Dec 2001 08:37:49 -0000

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Re: spoon-discuss: Re: spoon-business: I'm in a Nomic state of mind.

On 12/27/01 at 3:28 AM Rob Speer wrote:

>On Thu, Dec 27, 2001 at 03:11:43AM -0500, Donald Whytock wrote:
>> The Administrator must observe all activity on the business forum;
>therefore this would make the business forum part of the game state.
>Which would mean we'd have to submit proposals in order to email the
>business forum...
>That isn't specified in the rules.
>I could list everything that is part of the game state, but then that
>list would have to be kept up to date, and that wouldn't be fun. I think
>this works very nicely. It even prevents things like "I change the Ballot
>to..." (for now, have a little common sense and don't do that, okay?)
>Rob Speer

It's implied by a combination of 24:

"The Administrator is responsible for updating the Roster so that it reflects the current game state."

and 26:

"Any entity otherwise qualified as a Player may become one by posting a message to the public Forum explicitly stating eir wish to become a player."

Therefore, the Administrator is required to keep track of activity on the public forum so as to keep the Roster updated.  So the public forum must be part of the game state, since the mere presence or absence of a message on it determines whether or not a player exists.