Re: [ga] Consensus
Even the dictionary (i.e., my WordWeb) has differing views:
1) Agreement of the majority in sentiment or belief;
2) General agreement
Maybe it's like pornography: one can't define it, but one knows it
when one sees it.
L Gallegos wrote:
> Please point out the document defining consensus for the GA. If a
> vote is not determined by a majority, what is the criteria?
> On 24 Jun 2001, at 16:36, William X. Walsh wrote:
> > Hello Sotiris,
> > Sunday, June 24, 2001, 3:10:30 PM, Sotiris Sotiropoulos wrote:
> > > Consensus is anything we agree is important enough to engage in
> > > discussing among ourselves.
> > No, that is not what consensus is. Consensus is something that is
> > agreed on quite widely in the GA (not just by a simple majority).
> > > After all, if we accept the principles of
> > > free speech, it is possible to have dissenting and differing opinions,
> > Yes, but that does not define consensus.
> > > and yet still engage in fruitful dialogue. Discussion can lead to a
> > > better or more thorough understanding of all issues involved in a given
> > > matter, hence a better prepared voting assembly. Topics are reached by
> > > consensus and ongoing education. Decisions are made by votes.
> > No, decisions are reached by consensus. Consensus can be determined
> > by the discussion and debate on the list, and a vote is merely to
> > confirm it and document it.
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