The Divine Scholars can reject books for a few reasons. This is one of them:
- Lack of evidence for scholarly claims (making up lore without labeling it speculation)
Ignoring whether or not this rule is useful, it has a problem. Nobody knows what actually counts as labeling a book as speculation. We've had at least one rejection that seemed pretty explicitly labeled to me, but got rejected on that basis. That is bad for a few reasons. It makes people hesitate to submit books because they don't know if they'll get rejected or not. It can also create the appearance of a double standard when one book gets through and another doesn't. If this rule is going to stick around, we need to fix that.
I think the solution is pretty simple. We just need a standard disclaimer that the library admin will always accept as sufficient to mark a book as speculation. If that label is on there, they do not reject for lack of evidence. No ambiguity and no exceptions, because those ultimately cause the problem in the first place.
The exact disclaimer doesn't really matter as long as it goes in a help file for easy reference. I would prefer this general sort of phrasing:
This book was written by a mortal. It may include lies, speculation, incorrect information, or complete fabrications. The Divine Scholars do not endorse its contents.
I think that makes it clear that nothing in the book is canonical and it isn't necessarily accurate, but at an RP level it isn't quite the same as forcing players to preface books with an admission that they made it all up. From an RP perspective, that lets us salvage the idea of using scholarly propaganda, false studies, revisionist history, and so on. Players could also agree to just de facto pretend that the disclaimer doesn't exist for RP purposes, which has more or less the same impact regardless of phrasing.
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