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In the fantasy world of this puzzle,

  • Heaven has 7 levels (1 to 7), with 7 being God's level.
  • Hell has 8 levels (-1 to -8), with -8 being Satan's level.
  • Purgatory (0) is somewhere in between.

Your task:
Use the partial lists below to figure out how God has decided which of the 3 places each word will go.

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Below I have included the same information as above, except in text form, since some people prefer that.

Words going to Heaven:

(sorted by level ascending, then a-z)
BADGES
BOUNTIES
PROBABILITY
PUZZLERS
QUESTIONS
SEQUENCES
STACK
FREQUENT
MODERATORS
OVERFLOW
ANSWERS
CENSORSHIP
DEFINABILITY (on God's level)


Words going to Hell:

(sorted by level descending, then a-z)
PATTERN
REPUTATION
RIDDLES
THINKING
UNANSWERED
WORDPLAY
CALCULATION
ENIGMATIC
MATHEMATICS
RHYME
FEATURED
DUPLICATED
MICROELECTRONIC (on Satan's level)

Words going to Purgatory:

LATERAL
LOGIC
NEWBIES
PASSWORD
SPAMMERS
USERS
VOTES

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  • $\begingroup$ The comments got cleared :-( I wrote a lovely little Shakespearian verse here! :'( $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 14 '15 at 20:43
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The pattern is determined by:

Going up or down in the alphabet, where going up is equal to $+1$, and going down is equal to $-1$, with no change being equal to $0$.

For Example:

BADGES = B $\rightarrow$A($-1$); A$\rightarrow$D ($+1$); D$\rightarrow$G ($+1$); G$\rightarrow$E($-1$); E$\rightarrow$S($+1$):
$-1 + 1 + 1 -1 + 1 = 1$



Other Words going to Heaven

$\begin{align} &\text{BOUNTIES} &= &+1 + 1 - 1 + 1 -1 -1 + 1 &= 1\\ &\text{PROBABILITY} &= &+1 -1 -1-1+1+1+1-1+1+1 &= 2\\ &\text{PUZZLERS} &= &+1 +1 + 0 -1 -1 +1 +1 &=2\\ &\text{QUESTIONS} &= &+1-1+1+1-1+1-1+1 &= 2\\ &\text{SEQUENCES} &= &-1+1+1-1+1-1+1+1 &= 2\\ &\text{STACK} &= &+1-1+1+1 &= 2\\ &\text{FREQUENT} &= &+1-1+1+1-1+1+1 &= 3\\ &\text{MODERATORS} &= &+1-1+1+1-1+1-1+1+1 &= 3\\ &\text{OVERFLOW} &= &+1 -1+1-1+1+1+1 &= 3\\ &\text{ANSWERS} &= &+1+1+1-1+1+1 &= 4\\ &\text{CENSORSHIP} &= &+1+1+1-1+1+1-1+1+1 &= 5\\ &\text{DEFINABILITY} &= &+1+1+1+1-1+1+1+1-1+1+1 &= 7\\ &\qquad\text{ (on God's level)} \end{align}$


Words going to Hell

\begin{align} &\text{PATTERN} &= & -1 + 1 +0-1+1-1&= -1\\ &\text{REPUTATION} &= & -1+1+1-1-1+1-1+1-1&= -1\\ &\text{ RIDDLES} &= & -1-1+0+1-1+1&= -1\\ &\text{THINKING} &= & -1+1+1-1-1+1-1&= -1\\ &\text{UNANSWERED} &= & -1-1+1+1+1-1+1-1-1&= -1\\ &\text{WORDPLAY} &= & -1+1-1+1-1-1+1&= -1\\ &\text{CALCULATION} &= & -1+1-1+1-1-1+1-1+1-1&= -1\\ &\text{ENIGMATIC} &= & +1-1-1+1-1+1-1-1&= -2\\ &\text{MATHEMATICS} &= & -1+1-1-1+1-1+1-1-1+1&= -2\\ &\text{RHYME} &= & -1+1-1-1&= -2\\ &\text{FEATURED} &= & -1-1+1+1-1-1-1&= -3\\ &\text{DUPLICATED} &= & +1-1-1-1-1-1+1-1-1&= -5\\ &\text{MICROELECTRONIC} &= & -1-1+1-1-1+1-1-1+1-1-1-1-1-1&= -8\\ &\qquad\text{ (on Satan's level)} \end{align}


Words going to Purgatory

$\begin{align} &\text{LATERAL} &= & -1+1-1+1-1+1 &= 0\\ &\text{LOGIC} &= & +1-1+1-1 &= 0\\ &\text{NEWBIES} &= & -1+1-1+1-1+1 &= 0\\ &\text{PASSWORD} &= & -1+1+0+1-1+1-1 &= 0\\ &\text{SPAMMERS} &= & -1-1+1+0-1+1+1 &= 0\\ &\text{USERS} &= & -1-1+1+1 &= 0\\ &\text{VOTES} &= & -1+1-1+1 &= 0\\ \end{align}$

Please check my math. There are a lot of letters here and I'm bound to have messed up somewhere.

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  • $\begingroup$ After quickly skimming the given word placement, I like this answer. Very clever! I had noticed that most of the words in the heaven list start lower than the end and most of the words in the hell list start higher than their last, but it wasn't always the case and I couldn't figure out where magnitude came from. It's nice to see that I was on the right track. :) $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Aug 12 '15 at 19:40
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    $\begingroup$ wonder what this word gets for a score: sarahmcculloch.com/luminary-uprise/2009/longest-word $\endgroup$ – dfperry Aug 12 '15 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ @dperry the first 32,767 characters of that word gets 132, according to my Excel function. So, if the first part is a decent representation of the whole word, then it's way above God in this puzzle universe! $\endgroup$ – JLee Aug 12 '15 at 19:57
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    $\begingroup$ @Anachor I didn't convert to lowercase, and you didn't strip spaces. so we're probably both wrong. Edit: I added a toLowerCase call, and I'm getting 829 as well $\endgroup$ – dfperry Aug 12 '15 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ @GentlePurpleRain Thanks for the help! $\endgroup$ – Aggie Kidd Aug 12 '15 at 20:42
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Just a survey of Good and Bad words

I experimented on a dictionary with some python code. Most of God level and Satan level words are technical jargon though. So, I chose only a few. Here's the full list.

God Level (Score 7)

  • acceptability
  • acquaintanceship
  • biodegradability
  • definability

Beyond God Level (8)

  • acquaintanceships
  • actinostereoscopy
  • biopsychologist
  • intersubstitutability
  • psychopannychist

Satan Level (-8)

  • microelectronic
  • microspectrophotometric
  • spectrometric

I couldn't find any beyond satan level with a ~700,000 word dictionary. Also as dperry pointed out the longest technical word has a huge score of 829.

Also of 675224 of the dictionary I used,

  • 259064 are going to heaven
  • 254621 are going to hell
  • 161539 are going to the purgatory

Seems like a lot of confused souls. Detailed results here

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  • $\begingroup$ Not an answer to the question, but +1 anyway for a big effort and some interesting facts! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Aug 13 '15 at 16:34

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