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Would be Watcher

Location: Canada
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Ragnarok

Subj: Re: It's actually rather brilliant
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 02:17:49 pm EST (Viewed 82 times)
Reply Subj: It's actually rather brilliant
Posted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 09:30:37 am EST (Viewed 89 times)




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    It provides no real answers or even guidelines leading to rampant speculation, disagreements, and constant discussion. What more could a publisher hope for?

The problem is the publisher never made a scale that was anything like that. The scale, as designed, was very precise, and literal up to class-100.

Even the fan-made version is barely able to inform the reader that 60 is stronger than 50. In statistical terms, we have an ordinal scale that is very hard to use to classify characters otherwise than arbitrarily. How do we figure someone is class 70 if 70 isn't 70 tons and that the intervals of any class can't be assumed to be equals to one another (remember that we are on an ordinal scale not a continuous one)? So when people assume class-500 is 5 times class 100 it is doubly fallacious and illogical. The scale is ordinal so there is no possible way to assume 500 represent 5 times 100. Beside, the scale as designed is open-ended and has the same flaw any ordinal open-ended scale has. You can't discriminate anything that reside in the open-ended interval. It is even worse in Marvel's scale because that category comes extremely fast. It'S like a scale that would be very detailed about income where the categories would be 0 - 1000$, 1000 - 10k, 10 - 20k, etc up to 100+k. Can anyone really say that you can't possibly discriminate between Bill Gates and someone making 101k /years even though because they both fall inside the open-ended interval?

In other words, that scale is next to worthless except for people below class-100 and then only to tell us who is stronger with no way to say by how much.




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