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Udgie gives you the chance to rate prominent people based on their words and actions in the public eye. Your opinions help form a Peanut Gallery around their public persona, thereby influencing consensus in the crowd and driving their overall approval rating. It is an open contest for rank, reputation and majority rule. Will the persuasive, dissenting opinion balance the lot, or will it all fall to mob control? Each prominent person under scrutiny reveals a different story.

peanut gallery | ˈpēnət ˈgalərē |
the top gallery in a theater, where the cheaper seats are located; a group of people who criticize someone.
New Oxford American Dictionary


On Udgie prominent people and entities open to scrutiny from the Peanut Gallery are called Players. Entities are groupings of people such as organizations, companies and government agencies. The impetus is on people who "profit" from public exposure. We consider profit to include not only material gain, but also intangibles like increased notoriety, attention and influence. The scope of review will generally be about what a Player does, how they look, what they say or how they say it.1

Subjects of review:
accusation allegation action appearance award contribution corruption decision ethics goal habit headline honesty honor idea joke judgement performance picture position proposal role question quote scandal sex appeal situation speech written work video
1 "We are evaluated and classified by what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it." — Dale Carnegie
player | ˈplāər |
a person or body that is involved and influential in an area or activity.
scope | skōp |
the extent of the area or subject matter to which something is relevant.
New Oxford American Dictionary

peanut gallery

From the cheap seats of the Peanut Gallery you can make Offerings of insult, indifference or tribute to a Player based on a single subject of review about their public life. The Udgie Scale holds a neutral value in the middle, signified by Glass Half Full Empty, and then progresses to better or worse values as you move to the right or left. Wildcards occupy the best and worst positions on the Scale.

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offering | ˈôf(ə)riNG, äf- |
a thing offered, especially as a contribution, sacrifice or token of devotion.
scale | skāl |
a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something.
New Oxford American Dictionary


In rare cases a Player is so highly regarded by so many commentators that there has to be something bigger at work. For these would-be untouchables we confer the wildcard of Sacred Cow. A Player receiving at least 33 participants in the Peanut Gallery for a single subject of review, and having a summary approval of 85 percent or better (Living Treasure), will carry this illustrious status. When a Player receives at least 33 participants, maintaining a summary approval of 15 percent or less, within Dumpling range, it is cast in Villainy. Wildcards only become part of the Udgie Scale when the minimum threshold of participation is met.

wildcard | ˈwaɪl(d)ˌkɑrd |
a thing whose influence is unpredictable or whose qualities are uncertain.
sacred cow | ˈseɪkrɪd ˌkaʊ |
an idea, custom or institution held, esp. unreasonably, to be above criticism (with reference to the Hindus' respect for the cow as a sacred animal).
villainy | ˈvilənē |
extremely bad or unpleasant; wicked.
New Oxford American Dictionary


From the Peanut Gallery you can also react to Offerings with praise or criticism in the form of a Shout. On Udgie a Shout is your choice of five crowd reactions. You can choose to throw stones, boo, murmur, cheer or give a standing ovation; it just depends on where you would put yourself in a crowd while assessing the Offering in question. Shouts from the Peanut Gallery are very important. They determine the rank order of Offerings in the shuffle and confer special labels to the good, the bad and the ugly.

boo | bo͞o |
said to show disapproval or contempt.
murmur | ˈmərmər |
an indistinct expression of a particular feeling by a group of people.
cheer | CHir |
a shout of encouragement, praise, or joy.
standing ovation | ˈstandiNG ōˈvāSHən |
a period of prolonged applause during which those in the audience rise to their feet.
New Oxford American Dictionary


Offerings are rank-ordered by other members of the Peanut Gallery. On Udgie a Dub is a label assigned to an Offering based on its rank in the crowd. An Offering is Dubbed the Peacock when it holds the single best rank in the Peanut Gallery for a single subject of review. The Offering with the single worst rank is Dubbed the Skunk. An Offering having at least seven votes with a two-thirds (2/3) supermajority of up (positive) votes will be Dubbed a Good Egg. And an Offering having at least seven votes with a two-thirds (2/3) supermajority of down (negative) votes will be Dubbed a Bad Apple.

the Peacock single best offering 2.00x
a Good Egg min. 7 offerings; 2/3 supermajority positive 1.50x
a Bad Apple min. 7 offerings; 2/3 supermajority negative 0.50x
the Skunk single worst offering 0.00x
peacock | ˈpēˌkäk |
a peafowl, which has very long tail feathers that have eyelike markings and that can be erected and expanded in display like a fan; an ostentatious strutting person: "strut like a peacock."
good egg | go͝od eg |
an agreeable or trustworthy person; deemed to be reliable.
bad apple | bad ˈapəl |
a bad or corrupt person in a group, typically one whose behavior is likely to have a detrimental influence on his or her associates.
skunk | skəNGk |
an American mammal of the weasel family, with distinctive black-and-white-striped fur, that squirts a fine spray of foul-smelling irritant liquid from its anal glands; a contemptible person.
New Oxford American Dictionary


Everybody starts with a Reputation of one (1), the lowest score possible.

New Subject +3 x
Offering +5 x
Ragtag* +1 x
Positive Shout +1 x
Negative Shout -1 x
the Peacock +10 x
a Good Egg +7 x
a Bad Apple -7 x
the Skunk -10 x
* a Ragtag is a Offering without a supporting opinion.