============================== CFJ 2296 ==============================
Pavitra gained 20 points due to the Werewolves contract within the
Called by Murphy: 03 Dec 2008 21:25:31 GMT
Assigned to harblcat: 07 Dec 2008 05:13:06 GMT
Judged TRUE by harblcat: 07 Dec 2008 22:49:52 GMT
If the awards are treated as three ordered
actions, then ais523 and Pavitra got 20 points each (VALID but
ILLEGAL, they should have only gotten 18 each) and comex got
nothing (INVALID). If they are treated as three unordered actions,
then the whole thing fails due to ambiguity; if they are treated as
one single action, then the whole thing also fails.
> On Sun, Nov 30, 2008 at 09:44, Ed Murphy wrote:
>> Parties to this contract are Murphy, root, Zefram, Wooble, ais523,
>> ehird, Pavitra, avpx, comex, Quazie, 0x44, Charles, and Warrigal;
>> all of these are first-class players of Agora, so the maximum points
>> this contest can award in a given week is 5*12 = 60. Per clause 5a,
>> I award floor(60/3) = 20 points (in Agora) and a silver Trophy (in B,
>> which may or may not work) to each of ais523, Pavitra, and comex.
> CoE: avpx and Charles were not registered players when this
> announcement was made (Charles has since registered). This means
> Werewolves could only award a max of 55 points. This may subsquently
> prevent Pavitra's win by high score.
Gratuitous Arguments by Murphy:
Due to the adoption of Proposal 5971, the total award should only have
been 45. Thus, if the awards are treated as separable per player and
ordered, then ais523 and Pavitra still got 20 points each, while comex
got either 5 or 0 points (depending on whether eir award is treated as
separable per player-and-point).
Judge harblcat's Arguments:
Using the definition of 'each' as "every one individually," I consider
that the sentence:
"Per clause 5a, I award floor(60/3) = 20 points (in Agora) and a
silver Trophy (in B, which may or may not work) to each of ais523,
Pavitra, and comex."
is a sentence containing three separate, ordered actions. Those
actions are as follows (ignoring the actions in B Nomic):
1) Award 20 points to ais523.
2) Award 20 points to Pavitra.
3) Award 20 points to comex.
According to rule 2136 (Contests),
"The total number of points a Contest MAY award in a given week is
equal to 5 times the number of its parties that are active first-class
However, "Points up to this total CAN be awarded by the contestmaster
to other parties by public announcement, and MUST be awarded as
explicitly described in the contract."
I point out that, in order for Pavitra to have received 20 points,
there need to be AT LEAST 40 points available for the contestmaster to
award. In order for the contest to have at least 40 points, it needs
to have 8 parties.
While the total number of parties appears to vary depending on whom is
doing the counting, there were at least 10 parties to the Werewolves
Contract at the time of the point distribution, thus meaning the
Contest MAY have awarded at least 50 points.
The contesmaster CAN award those 50 points, and e did thusly:
1) 20 points to ais523. At least 30 are left.
2) 20 points to Pavitra. At least 10 are left.
3) 20 points to comex. More than likely, there were NOT enough points
for this, but that is the subject for another inquiry.