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Every good pickupartist / guru / conperson knows that the best
to gain a dupe's alligiance is to inconsistently reward them for
playing your game, kind of the way computers incosistently... oh
there goes the game.
So this is a design principle for software that exploits this already
present aspect of web systems. There
always going to be some lag. But effectively lag works best if
are conflicting messages on the screen, moments of low latency,
For instance, when you are downloading a printer driver and it is
taking a long yime and tbe dialog says 75 minutes left and then all
the sudden you are rewarded with a sonorous bell and a flurry of
motion on the screen and the download is completed and installed
in thr space od 15 seconds, you will feel a religious sence of
privilagedness, rather than if the dialog had just said 30 seconds
So this design principle for software takes a cue from the tradition
con artistry, social psychology and religious cult studies and builds
allegiance with its users through a slow degradation of identity
inconsistancy of reward.
||// plan for world domination #487.63b //
||You know, that would explain a lot about early
versions of Windows. They conditioned you to
expect it to crash on a regular basis, so you feel
rewarded when it actually works for any period of
||Initially I read pickupartist as pick-u-apart-ist. I think I'll coin that term for something.
||And the war against Eastasia is going well, I presume?
||I'm not bunning this until I see #.63a
||63a was inconsistently lay off people as a way to get
them to vote for your party, but that didn't play out
||.63a was to inconsistently punish people as RS has
stated. I tend to come out of the egg
conservatively and then gain my wings on the
second go round. A's are security-minded and B's
are more liberal.
||Parenthetically, as I was attempting to add this
annotation, the browser froze 3 times, I had to
restart the computer, I suffered unaccounted
latencies and screen time outs, and then, all of the
before I could hit the OK button, my favorite song
started playing, gratuitous pornography videos
popped up on screen without obscuring the
annotation window, and my teledildonics device
kicked into high gear, AND the OK button activated
automatically, submitting this annotation without
any manual action on my part, so either someone
has already implemented the idea or we are just par
for the course, and I can't tell which, but I dont
praise the lord.
||Jarod Lanier says in "You are not a Gadget" that some of the
inconsistency of the interface (on the iPhone) that I am
talking about here is due to Unix. Is that true? What would
the solution be? He says Unix was an "open" solution to the
closeness of Lisp, but brought with it issues, like the lag
and inconsistency. Would Lisp style programming have
given the iPhone a more reliable interface -- (thereby
sacrificing the opportunity to use this "inconsistency of
reward" scheme for world
||Dunno about Lisp, but the first line of the last paragraph develops a speech impediment somewhere around "traditiin".