Purpose: To find out how strictly city workers are punishing citizens for
Introduction: Recently it has seemed to me that the police have loosened up here
in Whyville. I see a lot of people swearing and many petitions that contain foul
language or bribes. I wanted to test the justice system for myself.
Hypothesis: If I create a petition in which I ask for passwords, either it will
simply escape notice and die from lack of votes, or it will be reported and I
will be taped for a couple of days.
Materials/Equipment: One testing account.
1) Create a testing account.
2) Log on to the testing account and go to City Hall.
3) Create a petition in which I ask for people to send me their passwords, "so I
can give them a makeover."
4) Wait and see what happens.
Data/Results: Less than a day after I created the petition, when I tried to log
on, it said "[Testing username] has been banished for Whyville due to inappropriate
Conclusion: My hypothesis was incorrect. My inappropriate petition was quickly
discovered and I was banished instead of taped.
Discussion: I was very surprised at the outcome of this test. The result both
pleased and disappointed me. First of all, I was happy to see how alert the city
workers and citizens of Whyville are to bad petitions. It was encouraging to see
how quickly my inappropriate petition was noticed. But I was also slightly upset
at the seriousness of the punishment. Yes, I had asked for passwords, which is
obviously a "felony" on Whyville. But I would have expected to be taped for this
infraction. In cyranjoe's article, "Banishment: The Final Frontier", I
feel he made it
sound like banishment is only for people who repeatedly ask for passwords. So
while I don't disagree with the punishment I was given, it surprised me.
I think the moral of this story is don't ask for passwords, even as a joke. You
never know what may happen.
Following the rules,
Editor's Note: As I understand it, putting something in writing is
more serious than simply saying it, in real life and in Whyville. That's
probably why City Hall banished your test account. And by the way, thank
you for the *excellent* scientifically-done experiment!