============================== CFJ 2483 ==============================
It is ILLEGAL to grant certain powers (in the ordinary-language
sense) and privileges to Agora's ambassador if one is not a nomic.
Called by omd: 02 May 2009 17:52:59 GMT
Assigned to Murphy: 04 May 2009 07:26:12 GMT
Judged FALSE by Murphy: 04 May 2009 07:37:33 GMT
In CFJ 2451, Judge Taral wrote:
> We are forced to rely on some common sense. One reasonably criterion
> for the separation of action and condition is whether the clause
> affects the content or the context of the action. The actual text or
> sentiment expressed in the announcement is content and is generally
> included as part of the action. Contextual requirements, like the
> person performing the announcement, are generally conditions.
and used this argument to determine that in the following:
As soon as possible after the end of a month, for each contest,
the player (if any) who was its contestmaster for at least 16
days during that month MAY once announce that e performed duties
related to that contest in a timely manner during that month,
subject to other rules regarding truthfulness.
being the contestmaster is a condition for being allowed to perform
duties related to the contest. By the same argument, however, the
identity of an entity granting powers to the Ambassador is a
contextual requirement and a condition; therefore, by Rule 2125, it is
ILLEGAL to grant powers and privileges to the Ambassador except as
allowed by Rule 2148. (Thanks to ais523 for finding this example.)
Excerpt from Rule 2148 (The Ambassador):
A foreign nomic may grant certain powers (in the
ordinary-language sense) and privileges to Agora's ambassador.
Judge Murphy's Arguments:
Rule 2148's "may" does not necessarily mean MAY;
interpreting it as meaning MAY could have unfortunate implications (e.g.
for rules granting powers and/or privileges to the Ambassador), and no
good reasons for choosing that interpretation have been presented.