[Noisebridge-discuss] You and your pretty little Consensus Process too.

jim jim at well.com
Sun Feb 6 23:24:00 UTC 2011

    i like the idea that we all do whatever we please, in 
the main. 
    consensus is meant to stop group-think, herd behavior 
and force discussion. used rightly, people are generally 
permissive--you wanna do something, do it--except when 
their particular interests are threatened--you wanna take 
over the space for a lacquer airgun project; wait a 
minute, that might screw up my fabrics, how can we 
accommodate each other? 
    when it comes to spending out communal moneys, things 
can get difficult, but not if people are of good will: 
pay the rent and the bills; you wanna we buy an industrial 
laser cutter for $10K? i object, it scares me to peel off 
so much of our money to buy you and a few others toys. 
buy it yourself. you wanna we set up snacks and drinks? 
i object, it scares me to peel off little bits of our 
money repeatedly so you don't have to go to the store. i 
claim not putting such requests to the group are good 
will. the communal moneys are for rent and bills; we 
should buy each other soap and toilet paper. 

On Sun, 2011-02-06 at 10:30 -0800, Molly Bee wrote:
> Hullo Noisies,
> I was puttering about in my mean menial existence far, far away when
> my thoughts turned to NB, as they so often do, and I got to wondering
> about your mystical consensus process.
> It doesn't seem like it scales well.
> I mean, it makes sense, in essence, with three friends on a
> rucksacking trip through Norwiggia or Dutchland or sommat. But when
> there are fourteen clowns, mimes, and adult entertainers pogo-sticking
> around in the fragile wicker basket of a helium-filled dirigible? Or,
> gods forbid, 129 cracker-snacking hackers in a single concrete nest
> woven with wires in an invisible wi-fi tapestry, CERTAINLY UP TO
> SOMETHING, probably making sekrit (miniature) giant robots,
> etc-errata.
> How?
> Sincerely (without wax),
> Molly
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