Re: Citizenship Requirements: Is the bar set too high, or is it just par for the ...
Yep, you are right, standards do fluctuate and are hardly measurable. But, imagine if they were measurable. What we would notice is that there exists a mean. We would also notice that there exist deviations from that mean. While the mean is only slowly shifting over time, deviations are much more noticeable. These deviations are essentially what you are noticing, which usually have to do with the unique character of each councilor. Nevertheless, despite this, there does exist an undefined mean. We know this because no councilor would accept a citizen with, say, only one Helios article and nothing else. While we can't pinpoint the mean, it has established itself through institutional practice. As councilors gradually raised the bar over time, the citizens they accepted were institutionalized into this standard. As they became councilors, they did not deviate too far from that standard, gradually raising it themselves.
Originally Posted by Severus Snape
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