[Noisebridge-discuss] "Banning" discussion tonight

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Wed Feb 26 19:51:59 UTC 2014

OK about a consensus item that passed, as Lee's ban did, without the 
full agreement of the membership - as this obviously did.  How does it 
get un-done by consensus?  The don't-ban-Lee faction screwed up; fair 
enough; there were Reasons but whatever.  But now that it's on the 
books, it can't be removed except also by consensus, and the do-ban-Lee 
faction can just be more careful about coming to the meetings to block 
the un-ban.

If the point of consensus decision making is for everyone to agree - at 
least enough to accept a solution, even if they don't really like it - 
you cannot say that consensus has succeeded here.  The process happened, 
but consensus (the dictionary use, as opposed to the 
Noisebridge-specific jargon use) does not actually exist.

Al, Ron, Tom, Jake A, everyone: what is your thinking on this?  Imagine, 
if you will, that it was Al who got banned, and through a fluke, 
everyone who would otherwise have blocked it had something else they 
needed to do that night, and each knew that everyone else would block so 
it wasn't vital that they, personally, were there.


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