When do we use consensus?
We use consensus to determine pretty much everything on this site, and we have avoided majority-rule voting like the plague. But we have not actually noted this (as far as I can tell) in any policy. Would anyone object/add to this reworking of the intro:
Does this look good? Are there any other exceptions in which we use something other than consensus? And should we mention this categorical use of consensus anywhere else? --Peter Talk 12:53, 18 September 2007 (EDT)
How to build consensus
I've felt for some time that this article had not received enough attention. I've just added a substantial amount of content about (my understanding of) how our consensus practices work, mostly regarding how to build them. Does any of this strike anyone as controversial? --Peter Talk 16:15, 18 January 2008 (EST)
The nature of a consensus debate
In striving to reach a consensus on an issue each side of a debate has to either present a reasoned position, or express a reasoned objection to another position. Otherwise, we just get into 'yes' and 'no' style arguments, which are likely to ever progress to understanding and agreement. Is it ever reasonable to head off a consensus by disagreeing without presenting a reason for that disagreement, or a reason for an alternative position? --inas 17:43, 6 December 2009 (EST)