[MUD-Dev] In defense of "soloability" [was Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility]

F. Randall Farmer randy.farmer at pobox.com
Tue Jun 4 07:56:44 New Zealand Standard Time 2002


On Monday, June 03, 2002, Matt Mihaly wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Jun 2002, Martin C. Martin wrote:
>> Michael Tresca wrote:

>>> Communities have to be cultivated.  Partying is just one aspect
>>> of that cultivation.

>> So how do you cultivate a community, other than partying?

> My favorite is shared struggle.

I'll trump that with "gift giving", AKA creating mutual obligation.
I see 'shared struggle' as a subset; it is a way to create social
obligation.

Interesting topical reading:

  The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies /
  Marcel Mauss

     - Academic and old (1920). Requires concentration to read, but
     worth it.  If you don't have the time, read various summaries
     around the net.

  Order Without Law : How Neighbors Settle Disputes / Robert C. Ellickson.

     - Easy read. Discusses problems of Commons, and how people
     resolve them without law.  (contains a section on the
     Prisoner's Dilemma, and side-payments.)

Randy


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