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May
31
comment What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?
I just wanted to tack on a blog post I saw related to this topic, which poses some terminology specifically dealing with the notion of subcultures. It isn't strictly what's meant, here, but it definitely addresses a subset of the topic: meaningness.com/metablog/geeks-mops-sociopaths
Mar
1
comment Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
Thanks for the additional information, @HunterHogan. Good point.
Feb
27
comment Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
I like your approach, here. I liked goal, in the initial answer, but agree with the problem of buy-in. I like "offer" in response to that concern. Thematically, it should probably be "OverzealousMom has an offer: for every book I read, she will buy us all pizza". I'll leave any amendment of the record on that point up to you. This would still also fit reasonably well with the corporate context. :)
Feb
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Feb
27
comment Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
Ha! I like the inventiveness of this. It fits particularly well in the commercial context, though more broadly the notion an opaque trick for gaining advantage over isn't quite in the spirit.
Feb
27
comment Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
@TessellatingHeckler I didn't say it was always capricious--I just said the connotation (i.e., general use) of rewards linked to good behavior skews that way. Rewards for good behavior aren't exactly an invention of contemporary capitalism. Perhaps I should've gone with the parenting/child example.
Feb
26
revised Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
clarifying per some early answers
Feb
26
comment Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
Upvoting because I think this is a plausible answer. It doesn't quite fit the sense--but there may not be a word that does! In this case incentive plays roughly the same role as reward. Incentive still describes the carrot, but does so in a way that suggests a regular, predictable relationship between the carrot and the action performed to obtain it. Conversely, reward (at least in the sense that it applies to good behavior) has a connotation of capriciousness, irregularity, and a weak link to a specific action. (I'll edit the question a bit to incorporate this distinction.)
Feb
26
asked Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded
Feb
26
answered Word for something that is too idealistic and dangerous to pursue?
Jan
19
revised small sense of joy/novelty from shared (http) links
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Jan
19
revised small sense of joy/novelty from shared (http) links
Adding some examples where people are describing this feeling, roughly.
Jan
18
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Jan
18
revised What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?
fixed old typo. oops.
Jan
17
answered Word meaning “open to being persuaded by a strong argument”?
Oct
29
comment Word for sudden feeling of tiredness and wanting to sleep
I don't think the sense used in your example is the same. The sense in your example is a generic term for "sleep" which is what we mean when we say, "Can I crash at your place?" or "We can't go over this late, his sister is crashing on his couch." However, a "crash" is also what you experience when your energy level suddenly plummets, and you're left struggling to stay awake. Especially used when a stimulant wears off, or after an all-nighter when your second-wind is coming quickly to an end. ex: "I thought I was fine when I drove to campus, but I started crashing hard once lecture started."
Oct
27
answered A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?
Oct
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Oct
10
comment small sense of joy/novelty from shared (http) links
@FumbleFingers No, though a page about an easter egg, or a video of someone finding an easter egg, could easily be one of the sorts of links exchanged.