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What is the role of the wiki in reviewing by consensus?
|On ReviewedByConsensus.com there is a very unique way of displaying the overarching consensus of our users – and that is through using the MediaWiki (Wikipedia-like) feature. This wiki can be found at the very top of every Q-&-A page within the two horizontal blue lines ~ as with all wiki’s, the text here can be edited by all of our members. |
Just as on Wikipedia, the wiki on ReviewedByConsensus.com is exclusively reserved for content that all rational, well-informed parties should agree upon – and exactly what this consensus is depends on the discussions within the forum half of this website (which is everything below the wiki).
In essence, the purpose of the wiki is to outline what our users agree on (and/or disagree on) from their discussions within the forum – The wiki reviews the question as well as the answers given in a forum, and presents the answer for: “What is it we can all agree upon regarding this question?”
In no time, you will become an expert in how things work, as understanding the process is very easy:
The use of statistics is also encouraged within the wiki, as it allows a great many people to quickly provide their input. A poll or rating bar can be added at any time by the wiki editors, including by the question’s original author right after submitting the question. Adding a poll and/or rating bar is very easy and requires only copying a snippet of code into the wiki editor – remember to choose a title that is dis-ambiguous, clearly worded and that will remain appropriate for the life of the question!
Note, however that the wiki is entirely optional and can be used wherever desired on a question-by-question basis – also, users are completely free to only engage in the forum half of ReviewedByConsensus.com if you wish.
How can consensus be reached on questions with no clear answer?
And how can consensus be reached on controversial topics?
|At it’s heart, ReviewedByConsensus.com is a Questions-&-Answers platform – but we have a very unique approach in answering our questions, namely: reviewing questions and consensus-building through true scepticism! The answer to both of the above questions can be found by considering these two factors. |
Reviewing mindset: As the website’s name suggests, the idea behind RBC is to approach questions with a reviewing mindset. What does this mean? Instead of only looking to answer a question in a technically-correct manner, we are considering the question as a whole. This means that when a question does not have one unanimous answer, then the consensus will address questions such as:
What are the standard responses given to this question, and how do each of these stack up in being coherent?
From how many perspectives can we view and answer this question? – Sometimes a question has multiple correct answers which each address the question in a different light.
What are the conclusions us ration-minded folks can all agree upon? -Sometimes although there is not a clear answer to the question, we can rule out some common misconceptions, and present the options which are still on the table. At times, the consensus may be that there is no one verdict that supersedes the rest.
Consensus-building through true scepticism: As one could also likely guess from the website’s name, another key aspect of RBC is consensus-building through true scepticism. In order for a group of people to reach a final conclusion on how to answer a controversial question -~- radical open-mindedness absolutely must be present. People everywhere ultimately have very differing and sometime opposing views, beliefs and experiences, ~ and the only way to achieve some consensus is through radical open-mindedness -~- this is to avoid getting stuck in ideologies and to genuinely hear each other out. In order to achieve this, true scepticism is required.. And what exactly is true scepticism?
One does not only question others’ claims of truth and knowledge, one also raises an eyebrow to your own thoughts and beliefs!
Consensus-building is a hugely useful tool, as it incredibly easy for us humans to be convinced we are in the right – even when this is hopelessly false. It’s a trait all us humans share. As David Brin once said at a Google talk:
“Because what is the fundamental human quandary? … That is our propensity for delusion; our ability to deceive ourselves. As Richard Feynman put it, “the easiest person to fool is yourself.””
Actively seeking to bounce ideas off each other adds many invaluable layers of reason-checking to our ideas, and when employing this tactic, our very widely differing views, beliefs and experiences now becomes a strength! and we can be much more confident our conclusions are accurate once we’ve looked at the situation from our many varying points of view.
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