30 Sep 2015


Recently I’ve been thinking about how, I might take some of my coding methodologies , and port them into real life. As I was typing out a “unit test”, I found that what I was doing was essentially defining a clear set of criteria, in which the piece of code I was writing would do what I expect. This got me thinking , could I define a set of criteria or rather expectations that I have for other things, like tacos. So I set about putting together a few criteria , to pass the test of a great deal for a taco.

  • the taco should use fresh ingredients
  • the taco should use hormone free meat
  • the taco should cost less than 5 dollars per taco

What happens ?

Ok so what would happen if I just applied this methodology to every time I wanted a taco? I might evolve this criteria over time but the basics would remain the same. Additionally if I could easily recall this list, it might make it easier to make the decision, given I don’t have to stress my recall or make value judgements about the items in the list.

Throw in a Crowd

Let’s take this a step further, what would happen if I crowd sourced the expectations, I might have access to a range of knowledge of which i’m more uncertain - what makes a good lizard food for instance ? - how long should a couch last?


The way it would work , is that you would have the crowd answer with expectations of what the result of your question should be . These expectations would be rated on expert level and relevance. This model would then yield a result based on the number of expectations passed. If they all passed then great, if they didn’t then you’d get back a soft range most likely - unlikely to work.


The benefit would be you’d have a clear demarcations of where something might fail to live up , and an insight to how other people viewed the question. Sometimes its simply the posing of the question that demonstrates the nature of the entity being questioned.

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