This thing was introduced four months ago, and at the time it was a wildly scandalous and utterly revolutionary idea : organise the space - all of the space, the entire world - not according to a "topic" but according to a lordship list. Not by "ideas", but by people. A republic not of "laws", but of men. You know, just like anything that ever worked has ever been organised in the entire history of humanityi to dateii. Quite revolutionary, in the reactionary sense of that term.
This revolutionarily reactionary idea worked quite well, and armed with experience I am now confident it will work even better in the coming years. Which is why putting in a little work maintaining it seems justified. So, here's the new list :
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In general, and for all time, one can get on that list, or off that list, through a process that's fuzzily defined on purposeiii and staunchly undemocratic. It's not necessarily unrepresentative, but emphatically no promise is made that it will represent in any particular manner (let alone "fairly" for any arbitrary definition of "fairly") any particular group.
This is not accidental or an oversight, but quite foundationally deliberate. The goal is not a spot for everyone under the sun, we're not socialists over here. The goal is quite contrary to that : making it impossible for the unworthy to ever see the sun again, and coming up with some sort of definition of "unworthy" that may be well applied. No matter who gets hurt and how badly, just as long as the thing sort-of manages to keep most of the shit buried it'll be so very much better than any possible alternative the bureaucratic Morlochiv of socialist statism can ever provide. So, so very much better.
For they less ideologically consumed and more practically minded : have intelligent things to say, you will eventually end up on the list. Not have intelligent things to say, you will eventually end up off the list. That's the whole of the law.
Finally, for they interested in doing a little bit of work : a nice graph of the WoT would be nice. Something like this except up to date and b-a centric.———
- The most productive way to look at the history of the Roman Republic and subsequent Empire is in the following terms : "there was a set of benches somewhere, and people put a lot of attention into sorting the way they occupied them". That's all, the whole Republic : a very complicated game of pecking order played under some hills somewhere. Everything else flows from there, that was the prime motivator : not armies, not commissions, not money. All these mere means towards the actual goal of anyone involved, called "glory", but practically meaning... a better spot on the benches. That's it. [↩]
- With the unnotable, short lived exception of the Internet, or more specifically : of all the things that were tried once the Internet became infected with the September spawn that shouldn't have ever been allowed online in the first place. Those things that never worked. [↩]
- So it can't be gamed. Same story as with punishment, only the other direction. [↩]
- As asciilifeform points out, a Morloch is a Moloch worshiped by morlocks. [↩]