[OSM-talk] Wiki: chriscf vandalism

Simon Ward simon at bleah.co.uk
Sat Jan 31 18:43:26 GMT 2009

On Sat, Jan 31, 2009 at 07:01:17PM +0100, Lars Aronsson wrote:
> Wouldn't it be better to ask for a number of arguments for or 
> against a proposal?  Then people would have to contribute more 
> arguments, instead of more votes.

This is ultimately more desirable.  Wikipedia has a policy that
discussion and reasoning are always most desirable when deciding on
something, and polls are a last resort (though in practice they don’t
seem to be).

A problem with requiring reasoning is, ironically because you want
people to think about their decision, making people think will just
cause them not to participate.

A poll can be indicative, with a lower barrier to entry, although it
should be stressed that reasoning trumps it, and discussion is

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that works.—John Gall
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