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Perhaps I didn't explain myself well enough. I'll give it another shot (though I'll attempt to keep it under a book's length)....

Yes, Mark, a simplified definition of a Tweener is one that's between a Breaker and a Maker. It just seems to me that there is more room on either side of the True Tweener status (the absolute mid-point, if you will). Is it closer to a Breaker or closer to a Maker? But what sort of criteria do you use to establish that? Heck, one could even argue that our beloved Rule Maker Microsoft is both making AND breaking rules at the same time, deeming it as a Tweener (according to the simple definition above). If the RM port managers suddenly proclaimed its Tweener status, stating their reasons why, just imagine the ruckus it would cause throughout Fooldom!

Don't get me wrong: I think the current 3-category system is a good one, and it does provide us all a common denominator when it comes to discussing things. It's just that it could be simplifying things a bit too much, causing Fools to follow their blind faith, to adhere to strict definitions, enslaving them in the process... when there's so much more to be explored.

Isn't that pretty much Tom and Dave's original definition, a company that is in beTWEEN a breaker and a maker that you don't know where its going?

That last part troubles me even more so than that definition. you don't know where its going

True, nobody can accurately predict 100% of the time where a company is headed. As you already know, that's why there's a thing called risk. But with enough analysis of past and present companies, and enough discussion and evolution of Tweener philosophies (and the RB/RM philosophy itself), I think there is a very good chance at accurately predicting if a "Tweener" will reach "Rule Maker" status.

But now I'm just repeating things from a dozen Tweener posts ago....
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