Here's an article (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/11/how-i-changed-the-law-with-a-github-pull-request/?comments=1) on how Washington DC is using GitHub to update and maintain its laws. The suggestion from the article is that citizens would be able to make changes and take a more active involvement in the creation of laws. I'm not necessarily suggesting the possibility because there's a number of strong reasons why this might not be a good idea (if you read the comments).
Could something be applied to collective reasoning?
The templates in this sense could be used as the format to reach consensus (like a law?). Let's say a group is discussing a political topic and all parties involved have mutually agreed to a number of objectives of the dialogue. Including mutual respect for differing opinions and the need to upheld rigor and principles to maximize the chances of all agreeing and having the optimal outcome. In this sense, prior to the discussion, there would be formats to follow to reach an agreement. So, depending on the topic and which appropriate template is chosen the chances of success are 'almost' guaranteed because the underlining logic is agreed upon and already proven.
Therefore, the question could be, is there a format of taking differing opinions (inputs) at certain stages of an argument, which if the evidence and results (output) are agreed upon can solve the initial topics question and then be applied to any number of topics (if in a certain format).
In this sense, you would be 'coding' or adding to the original document your position and reasoning of certain subsets of the overarching logic of the argument. These would be agreed upon prior to when the template is chosen. Meaning you could complete a number of reasoning practices before the different parties are actually engaged in the mental activities of evaluating judgment and critique etc (arguing).
You're using moisture sensors? Perhaps you've thought of connecting it to irrigation?
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