control verb

See all control verbs for the current master list.

The control verbs are
  • the command verbs (like edit page or comment or fax? or mail back? or draft plank or ratify plank or define term? ) that regulate interaction with systems or protocols via the user interface?, and which can be said clearly to have originated with someone, somewhere, traceable at least in theory back to that person, who can be held responsible
  • other verbs describing specific interactive interfaces or methods or protocols of feedback, e.g. chat, protest?, debate and so on, which invoke a protocol and to which users defer but which are not obviously commands from one to another, or not commands that can clearly be verified to be from any entity that can be held to account - note that anonymous comment? and anonymous edit are ultimately not "commands" as they come from unverified users, e.g. trolls, who stand outside the command hierarchy;
  • the commit verbs that signal agreement between users - by far the most complex issue - see team as user? and users in conflict? and all of consensus decision making. It is such commitments that one must pick out of the stream of chat or debate or protest, in order to make sense of these at all. Trillian Instant Lookup is a decent prototype of this!

Anything that is not a control verb is called a domain verb as it arises from the domain? of concern, and is discovered in a domain analysis?. In a political system it can be very hard to determine exactly where the line is drawn between the control and the domain, as this distincting is part of politics too:

In Living Platform, the control verbs describe actions of a citizen, activist?, candidate, faction, political party or some level of government. Difficult terms arise with verbs like "arrest?" which are entailed by poltical position taking but which are not directly performed by a party.

Control verbs are also distinct from those that describe actions of less formal entities like those who share a perceived tendency or who are defined by others, e.g. as trolls. It isn't possible to "control" what can't be scoped beyond a reasonable doubt - see standard of evidence. These too can be considered domain verbs, often referred to as "metas", that affect higher leverage points like the mindset of a system's participants, which trolls try to adjust.

The sheer complexity of sorting out command, control and commitment issues and determining how far to carry domain analysis? USUALLY DESTROYS AN ORGANIZATION AS IT EXPANDS. To reduce the probability of this bad default outcome, a reflexive intranet treats all verb phrases arising from use of any of the above so similarly that there is basically no difference in how they are presented, documented, and agreed on. There may be differences in how they are activated based on the different technologies and meeting styles involved. The five levels of intranet reflect the way these differences fade as intranets are normalized - and the organization either survives the transition to the net, or fails it.

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