Existence of Community

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Does a community exist?

In the scientonomic context, this question was first formulated by Nicholas Overgaard in 2016. The question is currently accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by Scientonomy community. The following claim concerning the existence of Community is currently accepted in Scientonomy:

Scientonomic History

Acceptance Record

Here is the complete acceptance record of this question (it includes all the instances when the question was accepted as a legitimate topic for discussion by a community):
CommunityAccepted FromAcceptance IndicatorsStill AcceptedAccepted UntilRejection Indicators
Scientonomy19 May 2017The question of Existence of Community became accepted by virtue of the acceptance of Community. The question became accepted with the publication of Overgaard's A Taxonomy for Social Agents of Scientific Change.Yes

All Theories

The following answers have been added to this encyclopedia:
TheoryFormulationFormulated In
Community Does Not ExistThere is no such thing as a community.2016
Community ExistsThere is such a thing as a community.2016

Accepted Theories

The following theories have been accepted as answers to this question:
CommunityTheoryAccepted FromAccepted Until
ScientonomyCommunity Exists1 January 2016

Suggested Modifications

Here is a list of modifications concerning this topic:
Modification Community Date Suggested Summary Date Assessed Verdict Verdict Rationale
Sciento-2017-0012 Scientonomy 19 May 2017 Accept a new taxonomy for group and its two sub-types - accidental group, and community. 2 February 2018 Accepted A consensus has emerged after a long discussion that the distinction and the respective definitions should be accepted. It was noted that "these formulations tend to be the starting point for so many of our discussions"c1 and that "despite all disagreements that this taxonomy causes, it is actually accepted by the community".c2 Yet, it was also indicated that whereas the definition of group as "two or more people that share a characteristic" is the best we have at the moment, it may be potentially necessary to pursue the idea of redefining it as "one or more people..." to allow for one-scientist communities.c3 Finally, while a question was raised whether there is any "value in defining accidental groups as something separate from groups",c4 it was eventually agreed that it is important to draw "a clear distinction between the two kinds of groups as accidental groups and communities".c5

Current View

In Scientonomy, the following claim concerning the existence of Community is currently accepted:

Community Exists states: "There is such a thing as a community."

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