=============================== CFJ 3652 ===============================
If a person pays the (nonzero) upkeep cost for eir Rank 1 facility
and then upgrades it to Rank 2 in the same month, e must pay the
full Rank 2 upkeep cost to prevent its end-of-the-month
Judge: D. Margaux
Called by G.: 20 Jul 2018 18:47:04
Assigned to Publius Scribonius Scholasticus: 23 Jul 2018 00:03:52
Publius Scribonius Scholasticus Recused: 26 Aug 2018 18:44:38
Assigned to Corona: 26 Aug 2018 18:44:38
Corona Recused: 01 Oct 2018 03:01:21
Assigned to CuddleBeam: 01 Oct 2018 03:01:21
CuddleBeam Recused: 20 Oct 2018 13:05:28
Assigned to Murphy: 20 Oct 2018 13:05:28
Murphy Recused: 27 Oct 2018 19:47:42
Assigned to D. Margaux: 27 Oct 2018 19:47:42
Judged IRRELEVANT by D. Margaux: 27 Oct 2018 19:47:32
Rule 2560 (Facilities) reads in part:
If an entity other than Agora owns any facilities with upkeep
costs, e must pay them before the first day of the next Agoran
month. Failing to do this destroys the facility. In the second to
last Eastman week of the Agoran Month, the Cartographor SHOULD
issue a humiliating public reminder to all those who have not paid
upkeep fees on any of eir facilities.
There's a few ways of interpreting this clause:
1. At the end of the month, the facility is Rank 2 and has a Rank 2
Upkeep cost. Has the Rank 2 Upkeep cost been paid? If not, the facility
is destroyed. (argument for TRUE).
2. At the end of the month, has e paid an appropriate upkeep cost for
that facility at any point in the month? If so, e has met the conditions,
even if the upkeep cost later changes, and the facility is not destroyed
(argument for FALSE).
3. Upkeep costs are additive - if e payed the Rank 1 fee, e can later pay
the difference after e upgrades (FALSE with different implications - I
don't think this one holds up under precedent of single payment for fees,
but including for completeness).
In interpreting, note the new Rules definition of costs/fees in EVIDENCE,
Full text of Fee-based Actions (power-3):
If the Rules associate payment of a set of assets (hereafter
the fee for the action; syns: cost, price, charge) with performing an
action, that action is a fee-based action.
If the fee is a non-integer quantity of a fungible asset, the actual
fee is the next highest integer amount of that asset.
To perform a fee-based action, an entity (the Actor) who is
otherwise permitted to perform the action must announce that e
is performing the action; the announcement must specify the
correct set of assets for the fee and indicate intent
to pay that fee for the sole purpose of performing the action.
Upon such an announcement:
- If the Rules specify a recipient for the fee, and the Actor
CAN transfer that specified fee from emself to the recipient,
then that fee is transferred from the Actor to the recipient
and the action is performed simultaneously;
- If the Rules do not specify a recipient, and the Actor CAN
destroy the specified fee in eir possession, then that fee
in eir possession is destroyed and the action is
- Otherwise, no changes are made to asset holdings and the
action is not performed.
If the Rules define a fee-based action but the specified
set of assets is the empty set, then the action can be performed by
announcement, but the announcement must include that there
is an (empty or 0) fee for the action.
Judge D. Margaux's Arguments:
I judge CFJ 3652 to be IRRELEVANT because the cited rules have been