FamilySearch Wiki:Consensus

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The following article is a policy proposal. It may still be in development, under discussion, or in the process of gathering consensus for adoption. Thus references or links to this page should not describe it as "policy".

On many wikis, community consensus must be reached before making a policy or guideline.

Informal Consensus[edit | edit source]

Items that might meet the need for this type of consensus:

A suggestion that would not change stated policy, practices, and guiding principles. But this is needed to keep the site up to date, clean or functioning.

Formal Consensus[edit | edit source]

Items that will change policy, guiding principles or practices as states in any of our pages on Help:Guiding Principles and Policies

Steps to get Consensus[edit | edit source]

  • The change needs to be discussed and a clear statement that states;
    • What needs to be changes
    • How it is to be changes
    • The planned results
    • Actions after that change.
  • Then this is presented to those over that area and discussed and agreed
  • These are then put out to all concerned and are open to further discussion
  • when all is discussed and agreed on the change is made.

Example[edit | edit source]

In 2011there was a statement in the list of FamilySearch Wiki is not on the FamilySearch Wiki:Purpose, Policies, and Procedures page that stated that the "FamilySearch Wiki is not a list of FamilyHistory Centers". At the time the FamilySearch Wiki Support Team was creating the present FHC pages. They were concerned that placing these pages in the Wiki would be against this policy. They followed the above steps.

  1. They discussed the problem within their meeting, put the problem and the suggested solution to those concerned,
  2. Presented it on the forums(the place that discussions at that time.
  3. When all discussion were in consensus.
  4. The policy was removed from the page.
  5. Then the pages were placed into the Wiki.

References[edit | edit source]