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Rating Orb Brilliand, True Neutral Programmer – joined 6 years ago A request, and perhaps a discussion.208.76.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Coreyj, you can check yourself who rated your profile down. When you hover the mouse over the number next to your personal rating (which is 18 at the moment), you see a list of ratings and how often you've gotten them. If you /click/ on that number, you'll see a list of everyone who's given you each rating. It looks like you've been rated down four times; I'll leave it up to you to figure out which ones are new.
Fahrenheit is an open standard! Really!!
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Rating Orb Brilliand, True Neutral Programmer – joined 6 years ago A Road Walked Backward OOC208.76.XXX.XXX6 years ago
This may be a huge jump for a forum that doesn't even have the thing that I'm inverting, but... well... I'm going for it.

This is a forum roleplay. It will involve two threads: one for talking about the roleplay (that's this one), and one in which the story is actually written. It will bear some resemblance to the one-sentence story, but also quite a bit difference.For ease of explaining, I'll list the differences.
-The posts should be relatively long - a paragraph, not a sentence. Three paragraphs is better. Three paragraphs is probably ideal, but one paragraph is fine.
-Each participant will have one, or possibly a few, character(s) that are theirs. No one else can control those characters, no one else can state directly what happens to those characters. For example, you could hurl a burning mountain at someone else's character, but you can't state the attack hits them until they have confirmed that it did.
-You don't just jump in - anyone who wants to participate should sign up first. No one will be refused, but I'd like to have an actual roster, since a participant going inactive can be a serious problem. (In the extreme, I might be forced to break my own rule by taking control of the inactive person's character.)
-The story should be coherent. And I mean the whole thing - don't contradict something that happened two pages back.

Now for the inversion....

This story is written backwards. It starts at the end, and each new post comes before the one above it. In an attempt to make this unambiguous, I will start the roleplay off with the total destruction of the universe. Since the rest of the roleplay will come before that event, that shouldn't be a problem. I'll wait until a few people have signed up before creating the story thread, though.

So, who's in?

EDIT: Roleplays are not allowed on this site. My mistake. Here's where the roleplay will be held instead:

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Rating Orb Brilliand, True Neutral Programmer – joined 6 years ago War; what is it good for? Really, who wants it?208.76.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Oh, I'm sure there have been some people who liked war. Vikings, perhaps (or a fair proportion of them)? Combat has a certain thrill to it. I think that modern warfare, with its extremely nasty attacks from afar, is both less appealing and more horrible than ancient war was. Still, there's a certain thrill to taking out your enemies in a firefight with high-powered rifles, and nukes at least call up the adrenaline of BIG EXPLOSIONS. Yes, video games can get you most of that without the danger (and collateral damage), but they're a relatively modern invention as well - and still far from perfect.

You tend to like what you're good at. Liking something tends to result in you becoming good at it, but the opposite is also true: knowing that you can succeed makes an activity more appealing. With respect to war, the risk of death also drops significantly once you become good at fighting.

Of course, there's a difference between a pirate battle and international war, and most people who love combat will love the small, independent battles more-so than the large-scale war. Also, in modern times the person who starts the war is seldom one of the soldiers; the love of combat would have had more of a role in starting wars in medieval times, when the king himself would often lead the battle. Also, international wars weren't as big back then as they are nowadays...
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Rating Orb Brilliand, True Neutral Programmer – joined 6 years ago Wish Corruption208.76.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I grant your wish by not granting it.

I wish for whoever corrupts this wish to contract a fatal case of paranoia.
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Rating Orb Brilliand, True Neutral Programmer – joined 6 years ago Age vs 'What you think you know'208.76.XXX.XXX6 years ago
Close, but I think you're wrong about #5. Most of use would claim to have a reasonable grasp on reality. The realization that I could have no absolutes to base my knowledge on (#4) hit me hard, but I bounced back, and I'm not ashamed to say that I know quite a bit, although there are a few edge cases (i.e. brain in a vat) that I'll never be able to totally rule out.

Also, I still retain some of the #2 attitude, since there are many things that I don't have in my memory that I will instantly know the moment you ask me about them, because I know how to think. It's just that back at the #2 stage I felt that any question that I couldn't answer in that way somehow didn't count.
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Rating Orb Brilliand, True Neutral Programmer – joined 6 years ago The Killing Line208.76.XXX.XXX6 years ago
I go for the "survival of the species" view, that is, an action is good if it benefits the human race as a whole in the long run. More generally, an action is good if it is likely to result in the continued existence of things that do whatever you are thinking of doing - which is basically a restatement of natural selection from the opposite perspective. This is of course incredibly vague and in everyday life I tend to follow along with the morality of those around me, with adjustments for specific things that I have strong opinions about.

That was my opinion, anyway. Following consistently from what I know of Pseudo's views, a thing is below the kill line (OK to kill) if it is practically impossible to kill it in everyday life (i.e. bacteria), or if it cannot be said to have any life at all. For this definition, only biological life counts (racist), so a computer is not morally protected. The remaining things, that have biological life and that it is straightforward to refrain from killing, must never be killed.
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