Wikipedia talk:Consensus

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Q: When was WP:CONEXCEPT, which says that editors at the English Wikipedia do not get to overrule the Wikimedia Foundation on issues like server load, software and legal issues, first added?

A: It was added in January 2007 by User:Circeus, after a brief discussion on the talk page in the context of whether this page should be a policy rather than a guideline. It has been discussed and amended many times since then, e.g., here, here, and here.

Add a summary definition of what "consensus" is

Please add a summary definition of what "consensus" actually is. Currently the first paragraph only explicitly indicates what it isn't! —DIV ( (talk) 12:20, 7 March 2018 (UTC))

There already is one:

Consensus decision-making is a group decision-making process in which group members develop, and agree to support a decision in the best interest of the whole. Consensus may be defined professionally as an acceptable resolution, one that can be supported, even if not the "favourite" of each individual. Consensus is defined by Merriam-Webster as, first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief or sentiment. It has its origin in the Latin word cōnsēnsus (agreement), which is from cōnsentiō meaning literally feel together.(1) It is used to describe both the decision and the process of reaching a decision. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned with the process of deliberating and finalizing a decision, and the social, economic, legal, environmental and political effects of applying this process.

1: "Consensus - Definition". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2011-08-29. 
Actually, the first paragraph isn't that bad. It defines "consensus" as:

an effort to incorporate all editors' legitimate concerns, while respecting Wikipedia's policies and guidelines.

Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 12:37, 7 March 2018 (UTC)

Suggested title change

Can you please change "consensus" to a better and more common word? Which one sounds better: "decision", "discussion", or "agreement"? (talk) 12:42, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

The one that sounds better is "Consensus" NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 13:00, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
You're wrong. Nobody ever uses the word "consensus" in real-life conversations. (talk) 13:10, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
Since I do engage in that particular behavior, I believe we have a consensus that I am "nobody". See WP:NOTHERE NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 13:17, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Hi. Consensus decision-making has English meaning that nothing else does. At least, not "decision", "discussion", or "agreement". If you haven't heard it in real life, that's hardly our fault, isn't it? —Best regards, Codename Lisa (talk) 16:24, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Non-starter. ―Mandruss  16:40, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
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