Talk:Voting is a tool

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Consensus is not a supermajority.

Consensus is where you BE BOLD and edit something, and no one reverts it.

If someone does revert it, you negotiate with them, and come to some kind of accord.

Then you BE BOLD and implement the new accord.

Voila, consensus.

A couple of weeks later, someone comes by, and he is BOLD and edits some more. But you disagree with his edits, and revert him, (or edit his work)

Now he comes and discusses with you, and you come to an agreement

and then you're both BOLD , and implement this new accord.

Several weeks later ... 02:55, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

You did read the disclaimer at the beginning, right? Andre (talk) 02:56, 5 September 2005 (UTC)
Ah, I tend to speedread at times. ^^;;

Okay, in that case you've done an excellent job of "writing for the enemy" excellent :-)

Thanks :)

I still want to provide my take though... can't... resist ... ;-P

We have an entire wiki mechanism designed to support consensus. Or the other way around: consensus is what comes naturally when you use the wiki mecahnisms. The wiki mecahnism is not support and oppose votes on random polls all over the place. Rather it's the use of the editing of pages, page history, reverting, and talk pages.
Instead of holding a poll, consider just changing the page, and see what happens. If people make a mess, you can revert; If people get it right, you can leave it; if people get it *almost* right, you can edit, or take it to talk. 03:09, 5 September 2005 (UTC)
What about admin promotions and that sort of thing? Andre (talk) 03:23, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

Wow, I was just browsing meta, found this and thought it seemed very relevant to the current discussions on WP:RFA and bureaucrats. Now I know why, it was written this morning! Some interesting thoughts certainly. The wub 09:54, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

Indeed, it was written in response to that. Thanks. Andre (talk) 19:21, 5 September 2005 (UTC)

The start of voting ends meaningfull discussion[edit]

Hoi, if you can only win an argument by voting .. then you have lost respect in many eyes. I typically do not vote.. my observation is that when voting starts meaningful discussion has ended. Polorisation is then the name of the game.. so vote to your hearts content .. I dislike it. GerardM 01:35, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

The message is in the tool[edit]

I disagree with the essay, because a tool in contrast with a principle should not be allowed. Voting is the opposite of discussing and negotiating, by which we get consensus, that is a fundamental principle of wiki projects. Above all, imho voting should be expressly prohibited as far as concern the contents of projects, like for istance ns0 on wikipedia, and only allowed as a last resort to elect people or adopt policies and guidelines.--Plink (talk) 14:20, 20 April 2020 (UTC)