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==============================  CFJ 2847  ==============================

    According to the current ruleset, "Robot" is a common-language
    descriptor, not a name.


Caller:                                 G.
Barred:                                 scshunt

Judge:                                  Wooble

Judge:                                  Yally

Judge:                                  Murphy
Judgement:                              TRUE



Called by G.:                           27 Aug 2010 14:33:57 GMT
Assigned to Wooble:                     28 Aug 2010 00:07:30 GMT
Assigned to Yally:                      10 Sep 2010 08:38:44 GMT
Wooble recused:                         10 Sep 2010 08:38:44 GMT
Yally recused:                          11 Sep 2010 15:14:33 GMT
Assigned to Murphy:                     13 Sep 2010 21:27:30 GMT
Judged TRUE by Murphy:                  13 Sep 2010 22:02:55 GMT


Caller's Arguments:

The alternative to "The Robot" being a name is that it is simply a descriptor
which, lacking a Rules definition, defaults to a common language definition
of Robot.  Compare 'Politician' in CFJ 1500, which at the time was also a
capitalized term with no rules definition.  Since then, the role of common
definitions in R754 has been strengthened, arguably strengthening the CFJ
1500 precedent.

The counterargument, that the term "The" implies that there is one robot,
does not prevent interpretations using common definitions for the term

Note that the strengthening of common definitions in R754 was precisely and
directly meant to prevent low-powered rules from redefining terms in
common use (for example, redefining "the" or other common language terms
to refer to a person or alternate meaning), so the rule should directly
apply to this particular situation, or at least logic for not applying R754
and CFJ 1500 needs to be strongly and convincingly argued.


Judge Murphy's Arguments:

coppro did change eir nickname to "The Robot" (CFJ 2851), and a
player's nickname is eir name (CFJ 2840).  In particular, I
interpret Rule 1586 as referring to entities whose existence is
defined by the Rules; coppro is not such an entity (the Rules
merely define eir status as a player), so it does not prevent
em having the same name as any other entity.

I accept the caller's arguments that "Robot" is a common-language
descriptor.  "The Robot" is a name (because at least some entities
have that name without being declared ineffective by the Rules),
but "Robot" is not.