Your Silence Is Agreement


The maxim is “Who tacet consents”: the maxim of the law is “silence gives its consent.” So if you want to expose what my silence is silent, you have to make sure that I have accepted. Of course, it is not practical to wait forever for confirmation: in the meantime, it is sometimes better to assume that silence implies consensus. You can keep this assumption (hopefully safe) until someone changes the page by reworking it or resetting it. The more visible the statement is and the more unchallenged it remains, the stronger the consensus implication. If you force the discipline of “silence say agreement” and apply the above tactics, everyone is led to immediately say what they really think and to discuss it openly instead of marking the problems after the act. Sometimes the establishment and reinforcement of “silence” is a fundamental rule for opinions to circulate. But if you feel that some participants are still struggling to express themselves freely, consider the following tactic that allows perspectives to be aired in a way that focuses on ideas rather than the individuals who express them. When editing the wiki, it is difficult to get a positive confirmation of your editions (disapprove comes with further processing or sometimes with an elimination). No matter how many people on a conference page say they support treatment, sometimes it is only if your changes are cancelled or substantially modified, as you learn that you do not have full consensus. The term “tacit consent” refers to the consent given by the failure to be deviant, although it is not a full-fledged expression. “Speak now or forever hold your peace” is used in weddings, but is not widely used elsewhere. How can you prevent that? Define an important rule of thumb: “Silence means agreement” or “who agrees to empty,” as we have known for centuries.

Apply the rule of silence and consensus only if a weak consensus is sufficient. Silence and consensus do not apply when strong consensus or mandatory discussion is required. If real people are affected by a decision, such as blocking users. B or the use of material covered by biographies of the politics of the living people, a positive confirmation is preferred. But even in these cases, disagreements may arise later and it is no longer appropriate to adopt a consensus.

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