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Nutshell.png This page in a nutshell: Consensus is based on the quality of arguments given by various sides of an issue. Consensus can change at any time.

Consensus is the primary way decision-making is carried out on the RuneScape Players Wiki. Consensus is not the result of a vote; rather, it is a decision-making process that attempts to incorporate all editors' concerns.

Achieving consensus

Consensus can be reached through the process of editing, or through discussion. After someone chooses to make a change to a page, others may choose to leave it or change it. When editors cannot achieve consensus by editing, they can try to discuss the change and seek a compromise. A consensus decision takes into consideration all the points raised in a discussion.

In a consensus discussion, editors try to persuade others using reasons based on policy and common sense. They may also suggest alternatives that may satisfy all concerns. The result might be an agreement that does not satisfy anyone completely, but that everyone recognises as a reasonable solution.

However, there are certain mistakes made by editors when trying to achieve consensus:

  • Canvassing. Gathering Wikians to participate in a discussion in order to bias it is unacceptable. It is fine to notify editors of a discussion; just remember to keep the notifications neutral, and do not preselect editors based on their personal preferences.
  • Sock puppetry. Using another account to try and influence a certain point of view is unacceptable, and is considered disruptive to the consensus building process.
  • Incivility. Trying to be rude or aggressive to get users to agree with you particular viewpoint should be avoided. Instead, try to be polite and cooperate with other editors to build better articles.

Determining consensus

Consensus is determined by the quality of arguments given by various sides of an issue.

Silence and consensus

Consensus can be assumed to exist if there is no evidence of disagreement with a decision. However, silence is the weakest form of consensus, and consensus can change if someone voices disagreement with your decision at a later date.

No consensus

Sometimes, a discussion may not yield consensus for a particular proposal. When there is no consensus on a particular issue, the current status quo prevails.