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    'One person does an action that gives them an advantage over other people. However, as more and more people copy that action, the relative advantage over the rest of the field is reduced'.

    Example 1:

    Amusement parks offer a fast-track route for roller-coasters.People who pay extra have their own shortened 'queue', meaning that they do not have to wait as long for the ride. However, if everyone who wanted to go on the roller coaster also pays extra for the fast-track route, then the average time a person would have to wait in fast-track becomes the same as the average time a person would have to wait if nobody chose to pay for fast-track.

    Example 2:

    A person who has previously been involved in admissions for Harvard University offers to help a prospective applicant (to the university) through each and every stage of the process. The applicant therefore has an advantage over other applicants. But if the 'helper' were to post very detailed information online on how to improve one's chances of being admitted into Harvard, that information and advice would be read and followed by tens of thousands of applicants. The average standard of applications increases, but like before, few people stand out over the rest. Thus the relative advantage is erased.
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    it's called a social dilemma ;-)
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    I suspect it is some variation of the Cobra Effect.
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    (Original post by TheArtofProtest)
    I suspect it is some variation of the Cobra Effect.
    well sort of but not really since that says essentially that as more people do x they realise that only a "limited amount of reward" is supposed to be had however they manipulated the system to increase gain for themselves.


    i.e. as more people do this action other people get smart and increase the advantage for themselves
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    The photoelectric effect, I think
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    (Original post by thefatone)
    well sort of but not really since that says essentially that as more people do x they realise that only a "limited amount of reward" is supposed to be had however they manipulated the system to increase gain for themselves.


    i.e. as more people do this action other people get smart and increase the advantage for themselves
    thefatone effect?

    But to make it sound better - change it to D'ftone.
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    (Original post by ODES_PDES)
    The photoelectric effect, I think
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    (Original post by TheArtofProtest)
    thefatone effect?

    But to make it sound better - change it to D'ftone.
    Lol no, i was just wondering since i saw this about a year back on tsr and i was intereted myself but no-one ever answered it and the thread died
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    (Original post by thefatone)
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    ''A social dilemma is a situation in which an individual profits from selfishness unless everyone chooses the selfish alternative, in which case the whole group loses.''

    isnt this what ur looking for tho
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    The TL;DR effect
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    (Original post by ihatePE)
    ''A social dilemma is a situation in which an individual profits from selfishness unless everyone chooses the selfish alternative, in which case the whole group loses.''

    isnt this what ur looking for tho
    No it isn't. That's to do with selfishness and knowingly know that you yourself are being selfish, however in the example of the rollercoaster one wouldn't know how many people have bought fast track tickets.

    There's how much the advantage can increase and decrease, it's not a you profit or you don't, it can vary on a sliding sorta scale
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    (Original post by Infamous*)
    The TL;DR effect
    That's the first mini paragraph
 
 
 
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