============================== CFJ 1285 ==============================
Between the time of the creation of the "Enrich the Contestmaster"
Contest and this CFJ, Syllepsis, Ziggy, and Steve each successfully
lowered the number of Stems they possess by 50, thus paying the
Entry Fee for the Contest and successfully increasing the number of
Stems possessed by the "Enrich the Contestmaster" Contest (in the
Contest Fund) by 150 (total).
Called by G.: 20 Mar 2001 01:23:01 GMT
Assigned to Kelly: 20 Mar 2001 02:47:16 GMT
Judged FALSE by Kelly: 22 Mar 2001 16:54:59 GMT
Rule 1539 states
"The Regulations [of a Contest] can specify... The amount of
the Entry Fee for the Contest, in the form of units of any
and further that
"A Player becomes a Contestant by notifying the Contestmaster and
paying the prescribed Entry Fee to the Contest Fund."
Clearly, Stems are one of the set delimited by "any specific Currency"
as Stems are a specific Currency, and "any" means, well, "any".
Therefore, looking at #1539 in isolation, the Entry Fee (distinct from
a "Fee" defined in #1941, as it is not payed to the Bank) may be in
Stems, and is payed to the Contest Fund.
The only reasonable interpretation for the effect of "paying an Entry
Fee" to an entity is that the holdings of the payer (in units of the
paid Currency) are decreased by the indicated amount, and the
holdings of the payee (in units of the paid Currency) are increased
by the indicated amount. Anything else would require a radical
redefinition of the idea of "paying". Regulation 102 of the "Enrich
the Contestmaster" Contest is within the Rules when it decares this
But is such a payment allowed? Rule 1910 states that:
"Transfers of Stems are permitted only if either the transferor
or the transferee is the Bank. All other transfers of Stems are
Looking at #1539 and #1910 together, either
(a) "paying the prescribed Entry Fee to the Contest Fund" in 1539
is not a "Transfer" of Stems as per 1910, but a distinct type
of (permitted by the Rules) payment to the Contest Fund, or
(b) Rule 1539 ("Regulation and Membership of Contests") conflicts
with Rule 1910 ("Stems"). In this case, as both 1539 and 1910
have Power=1, 1539 has precedence over 1910 (by Rule 1030).
So in EITHER case (a) or (b), Stems may be payed to a Contest Fund by
a Contestant, if the Regulations of the Contest set Stems as an
In the Contest "Enrich the Contestmaster", the prescribed Entry Fee set
forth by the Regulations is clearly 50 Stems. Messages to the PF, in
conjunctions with the Regulations of this Contest (see Caller's Evidence)
clearly indicate that Syllepsis, Steve, and Ziggy, in the words of 1539,
"payed the prescribed Entry Fee to the Contest Fund." Thus, each of
their Stems holdings should be decreased by 50, and the Stem holdings
of the "Enrich the Contestmaster" Contest Fund should be increased by
150 (total). I present no arguments to judge whether or not this should
be considered a "Transfer" as per 1910.
Rule 1539/1 (Power=1)
Regulations and Membership of Contests
No Player within Jurisdiction of a Contest's Regulations is
bound to obey any Regulation or combination of Regulations that
conflict with the Rules.
The Regulations can specify the following:
i) How a Contestmaster is replaced. No person may become
Contestmaster without eir consent. If left unspecified,
the Contestmaster cannot change while the Contest exists.
ii) How the Currencies in the Contest Fund shall be spent. If
this is not specified, they may only be spent when the
Rules require it.
iii) The amount of the Entry Fee for the Contest, in the form of
units of any specific Currency.
iv) Additional restrictions on Players to become Contestants,
and conditions under which Contestants cease to be
A Player becomes a Contestant by notifying the Contestmaster and
paying the prescribed Entry Fee to the Contest Fund. A
Contestant may quit a Contest at any time by so notifying the
Contestmaster. A Contestmaster may resign at any time by
posting a message to that effect to the Public Forum, at which
time e ceases to be Contestmaster.
Rule 1910/3 (Power=1)
Stems are a Bank Currency. The MUQ of Stems is 1. The
Recordkeepor for Stems is the Payroll Clerk.
Transfers of Stems are permitted only if either the transferor
or the transferee is the Bank. All other transfers of Stems are
However, in the case that an Organization somehow obtains Stems,
it shall nevertheless be allowed to transfer those to Players,
as long as this is done within seven days of when the Stems are
Rule 1030/4 (Power=3)
Precedence between Rules with Equal Power
If two or more Rules with the same Power conflict with one
another, then the Rule with the lower Number takes precedence.
If at least one of the Rules in conflict explicitly says of
itself that it defers to another Rule (or type of Rule) or
takes precedence over another Rule (or type of Rule), then such
provisions shall supercede the numerical method for determining
If all of the Rules in conflict explicitly say that their
precedence relations are determined by some other Rule for
determining precedence relations, then the determinations of
the precedence determining Rule shall supercede the numerical
method for determining precedence.
If two or more Rules claim to take precedence over one another
or defer to one another, then the numerical method again
The ACO for the "Enrich the Contestmaster" Contest:
>From email@example.com Mon Mar 19 17:14:26 2001
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 12:15:10 -0800 (PST)
From: Kerim Aydin
Subject: BUS: ACO for a Contest (2 of 4)
The following text is an Application to Create an Organization
as per Rule 1533:
i) The class of the Organization is Contest.
ii) The Name of the Organization is "Enrich the Contestmaster".
iii) The SLC ("Regulations") of the Organization is as follows:
Regulations of "Enrich the Contestmaster" as suggested
by Rule 1539
101. The initial Contestmaster is Goethe. The Contestmaster
may be replaced by an annoucement by the
Contestmaster, to the PF, of a Potential Contestmaster,
followed by the acceptance, in the PF, of the announced
Potential Contestmaster. The Potential Contestmaster
becomes the Contestmaster from the instant of eir
acceptance, provided eir acceptance occurs within
72 hours of the announcement.
102. The amount of the Entry Fee for the Contest is 50 Stems.
103. A Player becomes a Contestant by notifying the Contestmaster
and paying the prescribed Entry Fee to the Contest Fund. A
Contestant may quit a Contest at any time by so notifying
104. Any Currencies in the Contest Fund shall be transferred to the
Contestmaster on the instant that e declares, in the PF, a
105. When a Contest Payday is declared by the Contestmaster, all
Contestants cease to be Contestants.
iv) Additional information possibly required in this ACO
(duplicated from the Regulations above):
-Goethe is the Contestmaster
-The Entry Fee is 50 Stems
v) I sign this Application.
E-mails announcing payment and entry of Syllepsis, Ziggy, and Steve:
>From firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Mar 19 16:52:20 2001
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 18:21:46 -0500
From: David Glasser
Subject: BUS: Contest entry
I pay an Entry Fee of 50 Stems to the "Enrich the Contestmaster" Contest
Fund and become a Contestant in the "Enrich the Contestmaster" Contest.
>From email@example.com Mon Mar 19 16:52:29 2001
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 10:59:41 +1100 (EST)
From: Steve Gardner
To: Agora Nomic Business List
Subject: Re: DIS: Re: BUS: ACO for a Contest (2 of 4)
This time, to the PF:
>H. Notary Peekee,
>I pay the Entry Fee of 50 Stems to the Enrich the Contestmaster Contest
>to become a Contestant in that Contest.
Steve Gardner | Appearances to the contrary,
Dept. of Philosophy, Monash Uni. | things are just what they seem.
>From firstname.lastname@example.org Mon Mar 19 16:52:46 2001
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 15:02:36 -0500 (EST)
From: Eric Appelt
Subject: BUS: Enrich the Contestmaster
H. Notary Peekee,
I too pay the entry fee of 50 Stems to the Contest "Enrich The
Contestmaster" to become a Contestant in that Contest.
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Judge Kelly's Arguments:
I find Taral's argument, that there is no conflict, to be quite
compelling. In my opinion, Rule 1539 does not authorize the payment
of entry fees; it merely states a necessary condition to become a
member of a Contest. If other Rules make it impossible for that
condition to befall, then the consequence is that no Player can join
the Contest; such a conclusion is consistent with every Rule. Players
may abide by every Rule by refraining from joining the Contest; thus,
no conflict exists.
Nor does it seem reasonable to me to conclude that the term "pay" in
Rule 1539 should be read as a "pseudotransfer" having all the effects
of a Transfer but not actually being a Transfer. The Rules
consistently (as pointed out by Oerjan) use the term "pay" to refer to
a transfer of Currency (or, in some cases, Property) from one entity
to another. Rule 1598 explicitly states that a Notice of Transfer is
the only means by which property can be transferred. I see nothing in
Rule 1539 that creates a mechanism for payment exclusive of that
described in Rule 1598 or which overrides the prohibition on Stem
transfers other than to or from the Bank contained in Rule 1910.
I conclude that none of Ziggy, Steve, and Syllepsis has successfully
executed a Notice of Transfer for the amount of 50 Stems (on the
grounds that each such Notice of Transfer failed to "describe a
transfer which is not otherwise prohibited by the Rules" (Rule 1598),
specifically, Rule 1910. Since I conclude that no such transfers have
taken place, I further conclude none of these Players has had eir
balances reduced by the amounts alleged, nor has the balance of the
Contest's Treasury been augmented as alleged.
Judgement of FALSE is entered.