[EM] Idea I had- "The Psephocrina"

Bart Ingles bartman at netgate.net
Wed May 17 20:32:33 PDT 2000

What about Polytopes?

David Catchpole wrote:
> Here's an idea I had for how we can best put our expertise in one
> well-organised place- we have some kind of dynamic text, really an archive
> of documents on the web- I'd call it the "Psephocrina" (psepho, as in
> psephology and crinos , as in endocrinology- so Psephocriny or
> Psephocrina is the "sorting of votes" or "outcomes of voting"). It would
> start off basically as a rip-off of Blake's FAQ page but it would
> hopefully constitute an easily accessible and dynamic text, which would
> allow an outsider to start from scratch and end up with some understanding
> of what we're up to, and to which we would each have some degree of team
> responsibility for submitting or updating chapters on particular
> areas. Key principles would be-
> - the Psephocrina is intended to be a stand alone text and an extensive
> documentation of voting theory etc. starting from first principles, with a
> particular emphasis on describing and documenting various formalisms and
> cultures of thought and interest in voting theory from first principles.
> - we each regularly make a pledge to submit or update a chapter- and do
> it!
> - the Psephocrina includes a "manifesto appendix" where people can air
> their obsessions unrestrained by formality.
> Ideas?

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