What is compatibility? How should it be defined?
The notion of compatibility plays a central role in scientonomy. As such, providing it with a proper definition is a matter of considerable importance.
In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Patrick Fraser and Ameer Sarwar in 2018. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. Compatibility (Fraser-Sarwar-2018) is currently accepted by Scientonomy community as the best available definition of the term. It is defined as: "The ability of two elements to coexist in the same mosaic."
|Community||Accepted From||Acceptance Indicators||Still Accepted||Accepted Until||Rejection Indicators|
|Scientonomy||28 December 2018||The question became accepted with the publication of the paper by Fraser & Sarwar.||Yes|
|Compatibility (Fraser-Sarwar-2018)||The ability of two elements to coexist in the same mosaic.||2018|
|Community||Theory||Accepted From||Accepted Until|
|Scientonomy||Compatibility (Fraser-Sarwar-2018)||3 June 2020|
|Modification||Community||Date Suggested||Summary||Verdict||Verdict Rationale||Date Assessed|
|Sciento-2018-0015||Scientonomy||28 December 2018||Accept the definition of compatibility, as the ability of two elements to coexist in the same mosaic. Also replace the zeroth law with the compatibility corollary.||Accepted||While the modification induced a few comments on the encyclopedia, it became accepted as a result of discussions that took place mostly offline. It was agreed that the modification "comes to remedy one of the glaring omissions" in the current zeroth which doesn't "say much above and beyond what is already implicit in the notion of compatibility"c1 as it "is lacking in empirical content, and should be replaced with a definition of compatibility".c2 It was also noted that the proposed "definition of compatibility criteria... captures the gist of the concept as it has been used in our community".c3 It was also agreed that "the compatibility corollary follows from this definition".c4 c5 Finally, the community accepted that the definition and the corollary "recover the content of the Zeroth Law".c6||3 June 2020|
This definition of compatibility captures the main gist of the notion as it was originally intended by Harder and Barseghyan - the idea that two elements are compatible when they can coexist within the same mosaic.
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