How is the Tertiary Status organized as of today?
The Tertiary Status is something I mention quite often indirectly. I frequently say something like "my compatibility with that color is a high B, or 917" or of the related. This is seen on forums I actively visit as well as said to those I know physically. A common notation mentioned dealing with the Tertiary Status is gradual neutralization.
2. Tertiary Status basics
The Tertiary Status is a layout on how much you like something on a scale from 0 to 1000. The term behind the Tertiary Status is compatibility or COM for short. 0, or "W" is the worst and you totally hate it. 1000, or "M" as it's shown, is the best where you totally like it where you have no incompatibilities. 500 is declared the neutral point where you neither like it nor dislike it. There are ranks involved from M [Maxed] being the best going down to S [Superior], A, B, C, D, E, F and W [Worst] on the bottom. Rankings are "exponentially" based with the narrower end on the better rankings and the wider end on the worse rankings. This table below describes these rankings on how they're laid out. Usually, just the rank letter is given [i.e. 917 would be considered a B rank, not a high B.]
|Rank||COM range||Rank||COM range||Rank||COM range|
|— — — — — — — — — —||M||1000||— — — — — — — — — —|
|High S||996-999||S||989-995||Low S||980-988|
|High A||966-979||A||949-965||Low A||930-948|
|High B||909-929||B||886-908||Low B||860-885|
|High C||829-859||C||792-828||Low C||750-791|
|High D||703-749||D||653-702||Low D||600-652|
|High E||539-599||E||471-538||Low E||400-470|
|High F||300-399||F||160-299||Low F||1-159|
|— — — — — — — — — —||W||0||— — — — — — — — — —|
Note that the higher ranks have a very narrow range of possibilities than the much lower ranks? Also note that 500, which is neutral, is a middle E rank. However, things don't initially start as E rank, they start with a special one-time only rank: rank X. X means that it is variable and will remain as X until you've known the object for at least an hour [whether you mess with it or not, not messing with it will cause the compatibility to gradually approach 500] then the real rating will appear on this ratings list based on it's COM after the 1 hour since knowing about it. However, the value is still shown.
A favorite object (or a friend) is defined as anything or anyone with a rating of 800 and above. A big favorite (or best friend) is anything or anyone with a rating of 900 and above. Today, the highest on record is 957 (135 1/5 times better than neutral), although I know someone on the How What Why forums who once peaked at 953 (113 13/75 times better than neutral). Today, the lowest on record is a mere 7 (5102 1/25 times worse than neutral). If you've read my history, you'll probably know of a mean "teacher" that was with me for many years. She's the one with the lowest all time rating. The record spans about 689837.86 points meaning that the best record is nearly 689837.86 times better than the worst record. Something that is entirely liked with absolutely no problems will obtain the best ratings, but, something that is entirely disliked with absolutely no good things about it will obtain the worst ratings.
3. Gradual neutralization
After you get to know someone or something for a long time then you don't get to see that object for an extended time, your compatibility rating will slowly go up or down toward neutral, which is 500. This effect is called "gradual neutralization" because the object is becoming neutral gradually over a long time. There is a formula for calculating this and it is as follows:
In this formula, ACOM is the adjusted COM value you get, COM is what your current compatibility value is, TM stands for "time missed", the amount of time passed since you last messed with the object, and TK stands for "time known", the total time, including time missed and from past missed times, since you first heard about the object.
4. COM points
Starting around mid-January of 2005, I've slightly modified the compatibility rating system. The further you get from the neutral point, the slower the COM rating changes. That is, the difference between 400 and 600 isn't all that much, a span of about 2 4/9 times better than 400, and the difference between 975 and 995 is HUGE, as 995 is 25 times better than 975. COM now has COM points, or COMP. Neutral is declared as having 1 point. A rating of 900 is declared to have 25 points. A rating of 250 is declared to have 1/4 of a point. The formula for calculating COMP is seemingly a bit complicated with all those nested parentheses:
COM is your base compatibility, the value on the scale from 0 to 1000. Knowing this formula, a rating of exactly 0 or 1000 is impossible due to division by zero. The | symbols | indicate to take the absolute value of what's in here. If the COM is above 500, the result tells you how many times better you like it than neutral. If the COM is below 500, the result tells how how many times worse you like it than neutral. To find the "times better than neutral" value with one value below 500 and another above it, just multiply the two values. If both are above or both are below 500, then just divide instead.
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