Baron von Skippy on 16 Jul 2003 03:43:01 -0000

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Re: [spoon-discuss] Where do we go from here?

>>>>>>> such actions. (because otherwise, the action could change the 
>>>>>>> rules to
>>>>>>> nullify Dave's veto before Dave got the chance to).
>>>>>> Dave's veto could be assumed to be retroactive.
>>>>>>> But what happens if you get sick, or go on vacation? Does 
>>>>>>> everything
>>>>>>> just shut down?
>>>>>> You get a new minister?
>>>>> It is far too complicated to just hot potato on the fly like that, 
>>>>> Its like when teh GridMin vannished
>>>> -What ever happens when a Minister goes away? This is a problem with 
>>>> any Ministry, not just this one. What about a backup Minister? Or 
>>>> something like that? And
>>> don't ask me what happens if the second Minister goes away as well. 
>>> You might as well ask "what if SkyNet blows us all to kingdom come?" 
>>> Well, then the Ministry
>>> won't be updated, will it?-
>>> And the resulting discrepancies, undetermined game state and hassles 
>>> don't instantly make you declare this fatally flawed?
>> -Not unless you want to destroy all the Ministries for the same reason 
>> and give all the work back to Dave. Every new person who does some 
>> work increases the odds that we have a pause in some section of the 
>> game. This is nothing new. So why is it a big problem now?-
>Because small pauses in things like Gnomes and the Force don't make 
>that much of a difference. Pauses in things like The Grid, though, have 
>been very bad. For a similarly large Ministry, such as your proposed 
>Source ministry, I imagine this would be a significant problem.
-This assumes a steady stream of channeling actions, which I'm not sure we'll see. But we can establish failsafes anyway. What if the M'Hael/Keeper were backup ministers? And what if they were simply the most experienced, as opposed to most experienced and fully trained? Would that help some?-
>Actually, I've been thinking about how to take care of pauses in 
>ministries in general, because they are bad and annoying. A delay of a 
>day or two is only to be expected; we can't reasonably demand that 
>every minister check eir email every day. But long delays are bad in 
>any ministry, even the small ones.
>If we set up a Wiki system, then I can see this working; we could 
>establish societies in charge of maintaining things like the Grid, and 
>the Duties system can handle all the trivial ministries.
-Do we have the people to make "societies" worthwhile?-

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