============================== CFJ 1517 ==============================
Claustronomic is not currently an Agoran Contest.
Judge: Sir Toby
Called by G.: 29 Jul 2004 20:38:29 GMT
Assigned to root: 01 Aug 2004 05:43:39 GMT
root recused: 15 Aug 2004 05:43:39 GMT
Assigned to t: 15 Aug 2004 17:09:59 GMT
t recused: 29 Aug 2004 17:09:59 GMT
Assigned to Sir Toby: 05 Sep 2004 16:01:09 GMT
Sir Toby recused: 19 Sep 2004 16:01:09 GMT
Assigned to Sherlock: 19 Sep 2004 21:09:16 GMT
Sherlock recused: 24 Sep 2004 18:00:53 GMT
Assigned to Michael: 26 Sep 2004 21:12:02 GMT
Judged TRUE by Michael: 08 Oct 2004 02:22:53 GMT
By the Clastrononic Rule CN 218 (final paragraph)
Goethe was CN Historian on 29-Jul-04, and is CN
Historian at the time of this CFJ.
On this date, E resigned as a Member of the Agoran
Contest Claustrononic, as permitted by AN 1539 last
paragraph. The CN Rules at the time of eir
resignation are below.
CN 218 specifies that the Historian is the Agoran
Contestmaster "if necessary and permissible"
and Goethe's resignation made eir being Contestmaster
impermissible by the Rules of Agora. E therefore
does not hold the position of Contestmaster although
e is historian of CN.
CN Rules nowhere else specify "how the contestmaster
is to be replaced" (AN 1539a) and therefore the
resignation created a "contest with no contestmaster"
which does not exist as an Agoran contest.
Goethe's Resignation and notices of award:
> I perform the following two actions in sequence.
> A call for Judgement will Follow.
> 1. I hereby resign from the Agoran Claustronomic Contest
> (as both Contestmaster and Member). This does not
> indicate that I wish to cease being a Claustronomic
> Player (as defined by Claustronomic).
> 2. I note that Kolja's recent notice of award did not
> note an Agoran Rule number. Therefore it was
> invalid. I hereby inform myself:
> Elysion is awarded 3 points for being awarded 3
> Claustronomic Points for the adoption of
> Claustronomic Proposal 324.
> (Scorekeepor's Budget CN1, as defined by Rule 2055).
> Elysion is awarded 2 points for being awarded 2
> Claustronomic Points for the adoption of
> Claustronomic Proposal 325.
> (Scorekeepor's Budget CN1, as defined by Rule 2055).
Agoran Rule 1539/4 (Power=1)
Regulations and Membership of Contests
The regulations of a contest may specify the following:
a) How a contestmaster is replaced. No person may become
contestmaster without eir consent. If left unspecified,
the contestmaster cannot change while the contest exists.
b) Restrictions on players to become contestants.
c) Conditions under which contestants cease to be contestants.
No player is bound to obey any regulation or combination of
regulations that conflict with the Rules.
A player becomes a contestant, or ceases to be a contestant, by
notifying the contestmaster.
A contestmaster may publicly resign at any time, at which time e
ceases to be contestmaster.
Scorekeepor's Budget Item CN 1:
> > CN 1: An Agoran player who is awarded points in Claustronomic
> > may be awarded the same number of points in Agora. An
> > Agoran player who is penalized points in Claustronomic
> > may be penalized the same number of points in Agora.
Rules of Claustronomic as of Goethe's resignation and the
time of this CFJ (Rules ordered by precedence):
Rule 101/0 (Immutable)
All Players must always abide by all the Rules then in effect, in
the form in which they are then in effect. The Rules in the
Initial Set are in effect at the beginning of the first game.
The Initial Set consists of Rules 101-116 (immutable) and 201-222
Rule 102/0 (Immutable)
Initially Rules in the 100's are immutable and Rules in the 200's
are mutable. Rules subsequently enacted or transmuted (that is,
changed from immutable to mutable or vice versa) may be immutable
or mutable regardless of their numbers, and Rules in the Initial
Set may be transmuted regardless of their numbers.
Rule 103/0 (Immutable)
At any time, each Player shall be either a Voter or the Speaker;
no Player may simultaneously be a Voter and a Speaker. At any
time there shall be exactly one Speaker. The term "Player" in
the Rules shall specifically include both the Voters and the
Rule 104/1 (Immutable)
Rule 203 may amend this rule.
The First Speaker of Claustronomic was Goethe.
Rule 106/0 (Immutable)
All Rule changes proposed in the proper way shall be voted on.
They will be adopted if and only if they receive the required
number of votes and quorum is achieved.
Rule 107/0 (Immutable)
Any proposed Rule change must be distributed to all Players
before it it is voted on. If adopted, it must guide play in the
form in which it was voted on.
Rule 108/0 (Immutable)
No Rule change may take effect earlier than the moment of the
completion of the vote that adopted it, even if its wording
explicitly states otherwise. No Rule change may have retroactive
Rule 110/0 (Immutable)
Rule changes that transmute immutable Rules into mutable Rules
may be adopted if and only if the vote is unanimous among votes
legally cast. Transmutation shall not be implied, but must be
stated explicitly in a proposal to take effect.
Rule 111/0 (Immutable)
In a conflict between a mutable and an immutable Rule, the
immutable Rule takes precedence and the mutable Rule shall be
entirely void. For the purposes of this Rule a proposal to
transmute an immutable Rule does not "conflict" with that
Rule 113/0 (Immutable)
A Player always has the option to forfeit the game rather than
continue to play or incur a game penalty. No penalty worse than
losing, in the judgement of the Player to incur it, may be
Rule 114/0 (Immutable)
There must always be at least one mutable Rule. The adoption of
Rule changes must never become completely inpermissible.
Rule 115/0 (Immutable)
Rule changes that affect Rules needed to allow or apply Rule
changes are as permissible as other Rule changes. Even Rule
changes that amend or repeal their own authority are
permissible. No Rule change or type of move is impermissible
solely on account of the self-reference or self-application of a
Rule 116/0 (Immutable)
Whatever is not prohibited or regulated by a Rule is permitted
and unregulated, with the sole exception of changing the Rules,
which is permitted only when a Rule or set of Rules explicitly or
implicitly permits it.
Rule 301/2 (Immutable)
Any rule that is enacted shall be given a rule number equal to
the lowest integer that is greater than any previously assigned
rule number when it takes full effect. Any rule that is amended,
transmuted, or repealed shall keep its rule number.
Rule 105/1 (Mutable)
A Rule change is any of the following:
(1) the enactment, repeal, or amendment of a mutable Rule; or
(2) the transmutation of an immutable Rule into a mutable Rule
or vice versa.
Rule 109/1 (Mutable)
The Speaker shall give each proposed Rule change a number for
reference. The numbers shall begin with 301, and each Rule
change proposed in the proper way shall receive the next
successive integer, whether or not the proposal is adopted.
The Speaker shall maintain an amendment index for each Rule. The
amendment index of a Rule is 0 when it is enacted or otherwise
unspecified. The amendment index of a Rule is incremented each
time the Rule is amended.
Rule 112/1 (Mutable)
The state of affairs that constitutes winning may not be altered
from achieving n points to any other state of affairs. The
magnitude of n and the means of earning points may be changed,
and Rules that establish a winner when play cannot continue may
be enacted and (while they are mutable) be amended or repealed.
Rule 201/0 (Mutable)
Quorum for a proposed Rule change is defined to be 20% of Voters
at the beginning of the prescribed voting period for that
Rule 202/0 (Mutable)
All Players begin with 0 points. Points may not be gained, lost,
or traded except as explicitly stated in the Rules.
Rule 203/0 (Mutable)
The winner is the first Voter to achieve 100 (positive) points.
If more than one Voter achieves this condition simultaneously,
all such Voters win. When a game ends in this manner:
* Rule 104 is amended by appending the sentence "The Nth
Speaker of Claustronomic was FOO.", where `Nth' is replaced
by the smallest positive ordinal not already occurring in
Rule 104, and `FOO' is replaced by the identity of the
* If there is only one winner, then that Voter becomes the
Speaker; otherwise, the Speaker randomly selects one of the
winners, who becomes the new Speaker. Afterward, the old
Speaker becomes a Voter, and shall transfer all necessary
information (such as outstanding Proposals, score lists,
etc.) to the new Speaker.
* All Players' scores are reset to 0.
* A new game is begun. All Rules and proposed Rule changes
retain the status they had at the end of the old game.
Rule 204/0 (Mutable)
A proposal shall be made by submitting it to the Speaker. Only
Voters may make proposals. As soon as possible after the
beginning of each week, the Speaker shall assign each currently
undistributed proposal a number and distribute them along with
their numbers to all Players.
Rule 205/0 (Mutable)
The prescribed voting period for a proposal shall be one week,
beginning at the time the Speaker distributes the proposal to all
Rule 206/0 (Mutable)
Each Voter may vote exactly once per proposal. The Speaker may
not vote on any proposal.
Rule 207/0 (Mutable)
Voters may vote either for or against any proposal within its
prescribed voting period. In order to be legally cast, the vote
must be received by the Speaker by the end of the prescribed
voting period. The Speaker may not reveal any votes until the
end of the prescribed voting period. Any Voter who does not
legally vote within the prescribed voting period shall be deemed
to have abstained.
Rule 208/0 (Mutable)
As soon as possible after the prescribed voting period on a
proposal, the Speaker shall reveal all votes legally cast on that
proposal. If the Speaker's consent may be required for a
proposal to be adopted, then the Speaker should indicate at that
time whether or not e gives eir consent. If the Speaker does not
explicitly indicate that e refuses to consent to the proposal, it
shall be assumed that e consents.
Rule 209/0 (Mutable)
The required votes for a proposal to be adopted is as follows:
For a proposal which would directly alter the actions which are
required of and/or forbidden to the Speaker:
a) a simple majority of all votes legally cast, if the
b) a 2/3 majority of all votes legally cast, if the Speaker
does not consent;
For all other proposals, a simple majority of votes legally
This Rule defers to Rules which set the required number of votes
for proposals which propose to transmute a Rule.
Rule 210/0 (Mutable)
Each adopted Rule change in a distribution takes full effect when
the Speaker correctly announces the voting results for that
Rule 211/1 (Mutable)
Upon the adoption of a proposal, Voters who voted against that
proposal shall receive 2 points apiece. Upon the adoption of a
proposal, the Player who made that proposal shall receive as many
points as the difference between votes cast for and against this
Upon the defeat of a proposal which achieved quorum, the Player
who made that proposal shall lose as many points as the
difference between votes cast against and for this proposal.
When a proposal fails to achieve quorum, all Voters who did not
cast a vote on the proposal lose 5 points.
Rule 212/0 (Mutable)
If two or more mutable Rules conflict with one another, or if two
or more immutable Rules conflict with one another, then the Rule
with the lowest ordinal 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
supersede 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 governs.
Rule 213/0 (Mutable)
If Players disagree about the legality of a move or the
interpretation or application of a Rule, then a Player may invoke
Judgement by submitting a statement for Judgement to the
Speaker. Disagreement, for the purposes of this Rule, may be
created by the insistence of any Player.
When Judgement is invoked, the Speaker must, as soon as possible,
select a Judge as described in the Rules. The Speaker must then
distribute the statement to be Judged, along with the identity of
the Judge, to all Players.
Rule 214/0 (Mutable)
If Judgement was invoked by a Voter, then the first Judge to be
selected to Judge that statement shall be the Speaker. If
Judgement was invoked by the Speaker, the first Judge to be
selected shall be a randomly selected Voter. In all cases, if a
Judge beyond the first must be selected to Judge a statement, it
shall be a randomly selected Voter. The Voter thus selected may
not be the Player most recently selected as Judge for that
statement, nor may e be the Player who invoked Judgement.
Rule 215/1 (Mutable)
The judge of a statement has ten days from the time e was assigned
the statement in which to deliver a valid judgement. If e fails
to do so within this time, then e is penalized 10 points, and a
new judge is selected. E delivers judgement by submitting that
judgement to the Speaker, who must then distribute it to all
players as soon as possible.
Rule 216/0 (Mutable)
A legal Judgement is either TRUE, FALSE, or UNDECIDED. The
Judgement may be accompanied by reasons and arguments, but such
reasons and arguments form no part of the Judgement itself. If a
Judgement is accompanied by reasons and arguments, the Speaker
must distribute the reasons and arguments along with the
Rule 217/0 (Mutable)
All Judgements must be in accordance with the Rules; however, if
the Rules are silent, inconsistent, or unclear on the statement
to be Judged, then the Judge shall consider game custom and the
spirit of the game before applying other standards.
Rule 218/1 (Mutable)
In addition to duties which may be listed elsewhere in the Rules,
the Speaker shall have the following duties:
-register new Players;
-maintain a list of all Players and their current scores, and
make such a list available to all Players;
-make a random determination whenever such determination is
required by the Rules.
In addition to duties which may be listed elsewhere in the Rules,
the Historian shall have the following duties:
-maintain a complete list of the current Rules, and make such
a list available to all Players;
-maintain a list of delivered judgements, and proposed Rule
changes for which the voting period has ended;
-maintain relationships with Agora by holding the position of
Contestmaster, if necessary and permissible.
The first Historian shall be whomsoever is the Speaker when this
Rule takes effect.
Rule 219/0 (Mutable)
If a Player believes that the Rules are such that further play is
impossible, or that the legality of a move cannot be determined
with finality, or that a move appears equally legal and illegal,
then the Player may invoke Judgement on a statement to that
effect. If the statement is Judged TRUE, then the Player who
invoked Judgement shall be declared the winner of that game, and
the game ends, with no provision for starting another game. This
Rule takes precedence over every other Rule determining the
winner of the game.
Rule 220/0 (Mutable)
Each week shall begin on Monday at 00:00 GMT.
Rule 221/1 (Mutable)
Submitting a message to the official mailing list for this game
shall be sufficient for distributing the message to all Players.
The official mailing list is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The requirement to make information available to all players can
be met by distributing it to all players at least once every two
weeks. If such information has not changed since the last
distribution to all players, no repeat distribution of the
unchanged information is required.
Rule 302/0 (Mutable)
April 15 shall be Claustronomic Tax Day. At the beginning of this
day, each player with a positive number of points shall lose 10%
of eir points (rounded down).
Rule 303/0 (Mutable)
A player (the donor) may donate a positive, integral number of
points N to any other player (the recipient), provided that the
donor has at least N points, by announcing to the official mailing
list that e does so. Upon making such an announcement, the donor
loses N points and the recipient gains N points.
Rule 304/0 (Mutable)
Any two proposed rule changes are either connected or
disconnected, defaulting to disconnected. A player proposing two
or more rule changes in a single message may connect them by
Rule changes in a connected component must be distributed
together, and only go into effect if they are all adopted.
Rule 305/0 (Mutable)
Upon the creation of this rule, all players who voted for it gain
Judge Michael's Arguments:
My basic argument is:
1. CN's Historian is CN's Contestmaster.
2. CN has no provision for replacing its Historian
3. Therefore, if the Contestmaster resigns, CN ceases to exist.
1. "CN's Historian is CN's Contestmaster."
The relevant CN rule states that the Historian shall "maintain
relationships with Agora by holding the position of
Contestmaster, if necessary and permissible."
What does the "if necessary and permissible" qualification mean?
This must be interpreted, at least in part, as a reference to the
Agoran rules, because it is meaningless as a qualification on a
* "necessary": to require something ("the Historian shall
...") and to then say "if necessary" is vacuous.
* "permissible": one might interpret this as saying that this
rule defers to other CN rules, which might prohibit, or make
impermissible, the Historian-Contestmaster connection.
But if "necessary" is to mean anything, it must be a reference to
Agoran rules. And Agora does indeed require a Contestmaster for
its contests, so from Agora's perspective, it is indeed necessary
for the Historian to be Contestmaster. Agora also "permits" the
Historian to be Contestmaster, as "Historian" is, from Agora's
perspective, simply a synonym for Contestmaster.
2. "CN has no provision for replacing its Historian"
Obvious by inspection of the provided CN ruleset, which does not
otherwise describe the Historian post except to specify its
duties and first holder.
3. "Therefore, if the Contestmaster resigns, CN ceases to exist (as
an Agoran Contestmaster)."
There are two important parts to Rule 1539. One states that if a
contest's regulations do not specify how a contestmaster is
replaced, then "the contestmaster cannot change while the contest
Perhaps seeming to contradict this, the last sentence of the rule
states: "A contestmaster may publicly resign at any time, at
which time e ceases to be contestmaster." This apparent
contradiction is best resolved by allowing the resignation, and
then satisfying the first sentence by holding that the Contest no
longer exists. Indeed, Rule 1397 on Organisations (and Contests
are Organizations) states "An Organization shall cease to exist
if it would otherwise lack a property that Organizations are
required to have."
So, when Goethe resigned as Contestmaster (a right he could exercise
solely by right of being an Agoran Player) Claustronomic ceased to