Some Protocol Studies Concepts

Some key (imo) protocol studies concepts, summed up. Mostly inspired by last summer’s research. These are really helping me frame my thinking these days. It’s not a MECE list yet (Missing some things like hardness, memory, standardization). They need some refinement and fine tuning, but are working well so far:

  1. Protocols need people
  2. Protocols are one part procedure, one part rules
  3. Protocols don’t live forever
  4. Protocols can calm hierarchical conflict by signal boosting
  5. Vibes become protocols; protocols become architecture
  6. The road to Hell is paved with well-intentioned protocols
  7. Protocols stack
  8. Protocol studies has something to do with game theory
  9. Protocols set new, invisible floors
  10. Protocolization might have diminishing returns
  11. Protocols conserve the momentum of History

This is nice. Could build into something resembling the 12 rules of systems or how complex systems fail type list.

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@Timber good initiative, I think I am onto some of them.

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I seems the post been moved to Timber Schroff - 12 Rules of Protocol Systems

(Correct me if I’m wrong)


That’s the one

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I attempted to map the 12 principles or observations to:

  • Outcomes or Actions (Force)
  • Weak Protocols (Magnetic Field)
  • Weak Links (Electrical Resistance)
  • Tools - Heuristics, Rules of Thumb, Best Practices, etc (Electric Current)

Came to the realization the 12 principles align more naturally with the entire hand metaphor, the aging process of the hand, or metaphorical hand gestures, rather than fitting neatly into the categories on the map.