[r-t] bits and pieces

Mark Davies mark at snowtiger.net
Sun Jul 27 16:05:16 UTC 2008

Don writes,

> change the Decisions every time somebody wants to experiment with
> something new, possibly only once. But the Council, by its actual
> behaviour, forces the ringing community to do just that.

Yes, but the problem could be eased dramatically if the current Decisions
were replaced by something less proscriptive (e.g. Norwich). The current
view is: "describe method types which are currently rung, and proscribe
anything else", where proscribe = don't include in the method libraries.

This is wrong. The approach should be "describe anything to do with
changeringing, whether currently rung or not." Then if something new comes
along, you've got a fighting chance of describing it and including it in the
method libraries.

It's not as if this is hard to do - the current Decisions are needlessly
complex because they try and exclude lots of (perfectly reasonably) stuff.
Include that stuff and the definitions actually get simpler.

Many people have been making this point, for some time.


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