hotdogPi wrote: ↑
July 7th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Is there still a rule against adding your own discoveries? I have 7 entries on the 2021 category page plus several in the honey farm hassler page. Since there's no problem with what I'm doing (as far as I know), there must be something wrong with the rule itself.
(Note that simply having a whole bunch discovered by the same person for one year isn't unusual — see carybe's symmetric soup search in 2018 and the bumpers in 2016.)
The rule in question looks like this:
"To prevent overenthusiastic edits and conflicts of interest, a commonly accepted rule is that the discoverer of a pattern, inventor of new terminology, writer of a program, etc., etc., should not be the one to document that pattern, term, or program on the LifeWiki."
This is a rule that we're going to keep, because it's so useful to be able to point to it when somebody who is very new and enthusiastic discovers a methuselah or an interesting shape or something, and really really wants to enshrine its name in the LifeWiki because it's such an irresistibly good name.
So there's nothing wrong with the rule, it's just that there's an unmentioned part of it, which is that if you ignore the rule and create an article about a discovery of yours, and nobody bothers you about it, then your judgment was correct that the pattern in question is an exception to that rule.
If somebody does complain about you creating the article, then it's time to think about whether you judged incorrectly, or whether the complainer is judging incorrectly. Both things happen. The more complainers there are, the more likely it is that you should have just been patient and waited for somebody else to make the article.
I personally take the rule fairly seriously. For example, I've wanted a "loopship
" LifeWiki article for years, but nobody has ever made one. So apparently nobody thinks it's a notable name, or else nobody understands it well enough to write the article. Rather than write it myself, I'm continuing to wait patiently, while occasionally writing plaintive little notes like this one and hoping someone takes up the challenge.