Modification:Sciento-2019-0006

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Accept that the encyclopedia editors are to be granted official housekeeping rights to handle the ripple effects. Also accept that if the additional required changes are implicit in the suggested modification, the editors should create and alter encyclopedia pages to ensure that the accepted body of scientonomic knowledge is properly documented; if it is conceivable to accept the modification without accepting the ripple effect change in question, the editors should register these changes as new suggested modifications so that the community can discuss and evaluate them in an orderly fashion.

The modification was suggested to Scientonomy community by Hakob Barseghyan and Jamie Shaw on 22 December 2019.1 The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

Preamble

When a modification becomes accepted, it sometimes implies changes to other elements of the scientonomic mosaic - changes, that are not explicitly stated in the suggested modification. For instance, modification Sciento-2018-0005 proposed a new definition of method as a set of criteria for theory evaluation, and a new definition of methodology as a normative discipline that formulates the rules which ought to be employed in theory assessment. Paul Patton pointed out in one of his comments that the acceptance of these new definitions will require a series of changes to other elements of our mosaic, such as the methodology can shape method theorem. In an ideal world, each modification would identify all such required changes to the accepted body of scientonomic knowledge. However, we cannot expect such omniscience from agents with limited epistemic capacity. Thus, it is conceivable that at least at times our authors and editors may fail to identify all the necessary changes to the existing body of knowledge that the modification implies. Consequently, it it quite possible that some implied changes can become evident post publication or even post acceptance (e.g. modification Sciento-2018-0008). Thus, the scientonomic workflow needs a clearly articulated procedure for dealing with such ripple effects.

Modification

Theories To Accept

  • Handling Ripple Effects - Editorial House Keeping (Shaw-Barseghyan-2019): The encyclopedia editors should be granted official housekeeping rights to handle the ripple effects. If the additional required changes are implicit in the suggested modification, the editors should create and alter encyclopedia pages to ensure that the accepted body of scientonomic knowledge is properly documented; if it is conceivable to accept the modification without accepting the ripple effect change in question, the editors should register these changes as new suggested modifications so that the community can discuss and evaluate them in an orderly fashion.

Questions Answered

This modification attempts to answer the following question(s):

  • Workflow - Handling Ripple Effects: How should the scientonomic workflow handle the ripple effect of additional minor changes to the body of scientonomic knowledge caused by the acceptance of a certain modification?

Verdict

The modification is currently being evaluated; a verdict is pending.

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References

  1. ^  Shaw, Jamie and Barseghyan, Hakob. (2019) Problems and Prospects with the Scientonomic Workflow. Scientonomy 3, 1-14. Retrieved from https://scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/33509.