A social experiment
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Probably somebody has done this on some forum before; even so, it would turn out different on every forum due to the community.

The idea is that a poster makes an offer to do something small of their choice for a following poster not of their choice.

The poster that accepts this offer must in turn make an offer to do something small of their choice for a following poster not of their choice.

The original poster, of course, gets nothing in return, other than seeing what happens.

Note, different people have different definitions of small - what is offered is up to the one offering, but it should be something a following poster that is sane might reasonably want.


I offer to write a simple computer program of the poster's choice, defined as something I believe I can implement within at most 2 hours.
The program must not be something criminal in nature.

This will go to the first poster to request a program and make an offer for a following poster.
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I would like you to write me a program that, once clicked, shows any object or thing whatsoever dancing, whilst any piece of keygen music plays.

And I offer to record my gorgeous voice reading the next poster's profile, in a semi-dramatic monologue fashion. Trust me, it's gorgeous.
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CarboKill wrote:

I would like you to write me a program that, once clicked, shows any object or thing whatsoever dancing, whilst any piece of keygen music plays.

And I offer to record my gorgeous voice reading the next poster's profile, in a semi-dramatic monologue fashion. Trust me, it's gorgeous.


The request has been fulfilled (please confirm).
Was a fun little project, decided to try a new language for it. Think it still took less than 2 hours of coding, so nice estimate.
Let me know if you have any issues getting it to run.

Also, interesting offer, wonder if anybody will take you up on it.
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ahatestory wrote:


The request has been fulfilled (please confirm).
Was a fun little project, decided to try a new language for it. Think it still took less than 2 hours of coding, so nice estimate.
Let me know if you have any issues getting it to run.

Also, interesting offer, wonder if anybody will take you up on it.


Well, there's a syntax error whenever I try to run it with command line. But judging by the files, I'm sure it's glorious.
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A syntax error? Im-Impossible!
But seriously, that is odd; I tested it on both my systems and it worked. Classic programmer response, I know.
Can you tell me what error you're getting?

The one thing I can think of off the top of my head is that the wrong version of python and/or pygame may be installed (I forgot to state that a 32 bit version of python is needed). These are the software versions I'm running with:
http://python.org/ftp/python/2.7.3/python-2.7.3.msi
http://pygame.org/ftp/pygame-1.9.1.win32-py2.7.msi

I am assuming you're running Windows; you'll need a different version of both those installers if you are not.
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I found a flaw in this social experiment. One that could very easily kill it almost immediately.

You assume that the next poster actually wants what the previous poster offers. If, say, one of the posters offers something that practically nobody wants, for example, "I will take a crap in a paper bag and mail it to you." Then there won't be no following posters and thus the experiment ends. Unless a poster's offer does not need to be accepted by anyone and someone can make an offer without accepting a previous poster's offer.
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I did of course consider that possibility, which is why I stated:
"What is offered is up to the one offering, but it should be something a following poster that is sane might reasonably want."

Nonetheless, your point is still valid. If somebody makes an offer nobody wants, even if it isn't something horrible like your example, it could kill the experiment.

It could be argued that I already set a precedent for posters making offers without accepting a previous poster's offer; if it becomes necessary, the rules could be amended to allow this. The only real reason I had for restricting this was that it could become complicated keeping track of what offers had or had not been fulfilled if they could branch off in that manner.
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I don't see how this tests anything.
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Python is the best. You can learn it in a day...and then forget it forever...like me.
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haikinka wrote:

I don't see how this tests anything.


It's not exactly meant to be sociological research, but it does test some things:

Whether people will participate in such an idea at all and how - who will make or accept an offer, who will actually deliver on what they offer, etc.

What people think is a small thing to offer that others in the community might want, and if that matches reality.

The offers reveals a bit about each poster. The offers thus far show that I am a programmer, CarboKill has a gorgeous voice, and RawrAlex can draw.
At least, that's what would be expected. It's possible that the only programming I'm familiar with is television programming, CarboKill's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard, and RawrAlex's drawings are so bad they are scary, but ideally people are offering things that would be desired.

The requests reveal a bit about each poster. CarboKill obviously has some experience with warez, RawrAlex loves CarboKill's voice, and I just want to see what happens with a weird idea I had.

All that being said, the main goal was just to see what people would do or how they would react to the idea - so you, too, are a part of the experiment, as are all the lurkers.
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carsarelittle wrote:

Python is the best. You can learn it in a day...and then forget it forever...like me.

I never used Python until last night, but it's impressed me with how easy it was to get everything setup and working where most languages would have been a bit of a hassle.
After mentioning this, a friend linked this comic to me: http://xkcd.com/353/
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RawrAlex wrote:

I wanna hear that gorgeous voice.

I offer to draw something for the person.


I will take the "draw something" offer. I want a drawing of any cat from Japanese anime (i.e. Luna, Sakamoto, etc.) meeting an American style cat (i.e. Garfield, Sylvester, an Aristocat).

I offer to write and record a song about whatever the next person wants...
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It's literally been over a half a year, plus 2 months since this was last posted in. Feel free to recreate if you so desire. Closed due to inactivity.
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