Regaining trust in local consensus
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There is a need to trust local sysops with requesting configuration changes as a result of local consensus. This has failed to happen in some RfCs, as linked at this category. The reason stated was that the discussion and voting involved active editors and is not representative of the entire userbase such as weakly active editors and readers themselves. Such failure undermines a fundamental principle of the Wikimedia movement. Quoting Jimbo Wales from 2001 (!):
- 4. Any changes to the software must be gradual and reversible. We need to make sure that any changes contribute positively to the community, as ultimately determined by the Wikimedia Foundation, in full consultation with the community consensus.
This was a hurried decision. No world would fall over, were the software to be disabled temporarily. In fact, the people (both local and the WMF) could have been smarter and programmed relevant API queries to only disable the software for logged out users, without rendering a user preference useless.
Hence we have a question:
- How to regain trust in community consensus, so that WMF does not force software onto various wikis against their will?