UDGIE BASICS

about udgie

udgie is a people reviews engine. It empowers you to make offerings to people in the public eye and rate their conduct over time. But the landscape is always changing. We're aiming for the true democratic assembly, and that makes each offering an open contest for rank, reputation and majority rule. Will the persuasive, minority offering balance the lot, or will it all fall to mob control? Each person or entity under scrutiny has an answer all their own.

assembly | əˈsemblē |
a group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose; a medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.
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food chain

At the top of the udgie food chain are people and entities, to which formal offerings may be made directly. Offerings are given on stage in the honest glow of the spotlight, and they depend on shouts from the Peanut Gallery to determine their weight and worth in the shuffle.

food chain | ˈfud ˌtʃeɪn |
a hierarchical series of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food; a hierarchical system within a particular sphere or group.
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scope

A person or an entity may become the subject of evaluation on udgie based on words and actions in the public eye. 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 each offering should focus on what a person does, how they look, what they say or how they say it.

scope | skōp |
the extent of the area or subject matter to which something is relevant.
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offering

An offering is your scaled opinion about a given person or entity, as well as 70 to 1000 characters of your commentary to support that offering. Your offering is as subject to scorn, indifference and praise as the person or entity under scrutiny. Shouters in the Peanut Gallery determine how your offering rates in the shuffle. New offerings start at the 50 percent mark, being neither good nor bad.

offering | ˈôf(ə)riNG, äf- |
a thing offered, especially as a contribution, sacrifice or token of devotion.
opinion | əˈpinyən |
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge; an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something.
scale | skāl |
a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something.
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sacred cow

In rare cases a person or an entity 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 person or an entity receiving at least 33 participants with a summary approval of 85 percent or better (First Born), will carry this illustrious status. You cannot offer Sacred Cow directly as part of your offering. The wildcard is factored from an average percentage of all offerings for a given person or entity.

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).
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villainy

The opposite of Sacred Cow — when a person or an entity receives at least 33 participants with a summary approval of 15 percent or less, within Dumpling range, it is cast in Villainy. You cannot offer Villainy directly as part of your offering. The wildcard is factored from an average percentage of all offerings for a given person or entity.

villainy | ˈvilənē |
extremely bad or unpleasant; wicked.
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peanut gallery

From the cheap seats of the Peanut Gallery you can give praise or criticism to offerings in the form of a shout. A shout is your choice of five crowd reactions to an offering. You can choose to throw stones, boo, murmur, cheer or give a standing ovation; it just depends on where you would put yourself in the 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 weights and labels to the good, the bad and the ugly.

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

The single best offering to any given person or entity is called the Peacock. This label is given to the offering holding the highest rating from the Peanut Gallery at any given time. When more than one offering having the same percentage vie for the top spot, the offering with the greater number of shouts, followed by longevity, receives the label. The Peacock is weighted as two offerings.

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."
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a good egg

A smart offering is bound to rally influence over other commentators and garner positive shouts from the Peanut Gallery. When an individual offering attracts at least seven shouts, with praise making up a two-thirds (2/3) supermajority, we consider it a Good Egg. Multiple offerings may reach this status, moving toward the top of the shuffle in rank order. A Good Egg is weighted as one and one-half offerings.

good egg | go͝od eg |
an agreeable or trustworthy person; deemed to be reliable.
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a bad apple

The opposite of a Good Egg — when an individual offering receives at least seven shouts from the Peanut Gallery, with criticism and scorn making up a two-thirds (2/3) supermajority, we consider it a Bad Apple. More than one offering may be tagged as such, moving down the shuffle in rank order. Just like its positive counterpart, this status can change over time. A Bad Apple is weighted as one-half of one offering.

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.
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the skunk

The single worst offering to any given person or entity is called the Skunk. This label is given to the offering holding the lowest rating from the Peanut Gallery at any given time. When more than one offering with the same percentage languish at the bottom of the barrel, the offering with the greater number of shouts, followed by longevity, receives the label. The Skunk is weighted as one-quarter of one offering.

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.
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helpful definitions —

food chain | ˈfud ˌtʃeɪn |
a hierarchical series of organisms each dependent on the next as a source of food.
topic | ˈtäpik |
a matter dealt with in a text, discourse or conversation.
scale | skāl |
a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something.
offering | ˈôf(ə)riNG, äf- |
a thing offered, esp. as a gift, contribution or token of devotion.
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.
peanut gallery | ˈpēnət ˈgalərē |
the top gallery in a theater, where the cheaper seats are located; a group of people who criticize someone.
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.
armchair quarterback | ˈärmˌCHe(ə)r ˈkwôrtərˌbak |
a person who is eager to advise without responsibility or involvement.
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