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Re^2: A Level Playing Field

by virtualsue (Vicar)
on Nov 01, 2005 at 05:26 UTC ( #504502=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread A Level Playing Field

Regarding "Grand Inquisitor" level. The passage of time and Monty Python have greatly weakened our perception of the Spanish Inquisition as an atrocity against non-Roman Catholics, and Muslims and Jews in particular. demerphq hinted yesterday that this name was used in preference to "Primate" simply because the people directly concerned weren't keen on the idea of endless monkey jokes, but in retrospect the latter seems preferable. Do you have a suggestion for an acceptable replacement?

Regarding the RC bias in level titles, yes, now that there are nearly 3x as many levels it is all getting a bit much. It is possible that somebody may be moved to patch things so that users may select a title theme, much as they do now with the color scheme & layout.

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Re^3: A Level Playing Field
by Dominus (Parson) on Nov 01, 2005 at 05:28 UTC
      Nothing. I don't care all that much, other than to agree with your point regarding "Grand Inquisitor". Choice is nice in a restaurant, but if you want to get rid of one offensive title, perhaps it'll go away faster if you give the guys running the show one replacement name that you find acceptable.
        Well, I don't care that much either. But if I have to pick a favorite, I guess I'll choose "sage". I think "grand master" is fun too.
Re^3: A Level Playing Field
by spiritway (Vicar) on Nov 01, 2005 at 05:50 UTC

    Respectfully, virtualsue, the passage of time has not weakened this perception for everyone. While this particular atrocity took place centuries ago, it is only one among many committed against people (not just Muslims and Jews, but just about everyone in the world has been the target of genocide at one time or another). It's going on today. The title of Grand Inquisitor is neither necessary not particularly amusing, IMNSHO. How about minister, rabbi, lama, sat-guru (or just plain guru), swami, sifu, etc.? And how about those guys who help decide whether someone's a saint (one's the devil's advocate; I don't recall what the other one is called).? Angel, archangel, seraph, cherub, whatever? Surely we can do better.

      Didn't you understand that I was agreeing with Dominus? Did you see me argue for retaining "Grand Inquisitor"?

        Sorry if I misunderstood you, virtualsue. Your intent was not clear to me. It seemed that you were dismissing the event as "old news". If I wrongly understood, then I apologize.

Re^3: A Level Playing Field
by sauoq (Abbot) on Nov 01, 2005 at 05:45 UTC
    somebody may be moved to patch things so that users may select a title theme

    That's a completely ridiculous idea, IMNSHO. What the site looks like is one thing, but I rather think that we should be able to communicate about levels without people asking things like, "Huh? Oh, uh, what's a saint in the Pokemon theme again?" This is still Perl Monks, right?

    "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";
      The levels are numbered, so I don't really see this as being much of a problem.
        The levels are numbered, so I don't really see this as being much of a problem.

        If we're all just going to talk about level numbers, then we might as well toss out titles altogether&dagger. Who cares whether you are a level 14 Monk, a level 14 Wizard, a level 14 Cyber Punk or a level 14 Cabbage Patch Kid if all that matters is the "14"?

        I'll ask again, isn't this still Perl Monks?

        Really... diluting the site's theme shouldn't even be considered. If it is done, we will have definitely jumped the shark.

        † Through most of my climb through the ranks here I never even knew what level number I was; I just knew the title.

        "My two cents aren't worth a dime.";

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