Daniel Lepage on 18 Jul 2003 04:04:01 -0000

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Re: [spoon-discuss] Re: [Spoon-business] Foomp

On Friday, July 18, 2003, at 12:00  AM, Craig wrote:

I think you just stepped over the line from weird to absurd. "any real
number" could be interpreted to mean any number that is real, or it
could mean the string value "any real number"; but in this case it's
blindingly obvious what the meaning is.

Unfortuanately, this is Nomic, not common sense. What is written is
important, and in this case there is a very real difference between
'any real number' and 'a
value of any real number'

Either is a valid interpretation according to the rules; game custom,
precedent, common sense, spirit of the game, etc. all suggest that it
works the way we've been using it.

Nothing stops the value from being a real number, but the rules do
explicitly state that it can be "any real number" as well. A good case can be made that the string is allowed. I'm not sure how I would judge a CFJ on
it, but it isn't obvious that BvS is worng.

I agree that it could be interpreted that way; but I think any rational judge would have to interpret it the other way.

Besides which, merely saying that it can take on that value doesn't mean you can set it to that value. If it said that it was possible to move to that value, then you could; but the rules also say that, say, your votes *can* take on the value 'yes' on all my props; that doesn't mean that I can set them to that value.


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