Re: Institutional memory? How shall we record decisions?

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 15:57:19 CDT

On May 11, 2004, at 4:18 PM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:
> The person who writes it down has much more influence over the final
> product or system than those people who discuss it.  I think I'll wait
> to see what a few other folks say before taking this on.

That's a nice thing about a Wiki, anyone can modify it. And you could
do the job of either summarizing updates, or formatting it for email,
or however you thought best.

But there's only so much power in maintaining a document like you
suggest. If people don't agree with your judgment, I'm sure they would
let you know. If you update things in reaction to these comments,
everyone will be happy with you; if you don't, everyone will be unhappy
with you :-). Simple.

Actually, I'm sure if you post a "Consensus" document that says:

   OVC has decided, as a group, that the best way to do X is A.

Then I'll respond, "No, B is better." And Arthur will ponder whether C
might be an option. And Doug will sound in with the paper he published
about doing X as D. Anarchy is a terrible style of government, it's
only benefit is that it's better than all the others (to riff on
Churchill). A maintainer makes judgments, until dissent reaches a
local minimum.
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