We have four principal categories of topics on Meta, with some overlap:
- Bug: The site just doesn't work
- Feature request: I want to have new shiny things
- Support: How does this work?
- Discussion: What do we, as a community, consider right and wrong, good and bad behavior, on and off topic, where do we see the need for change, etc.
This is about that last category of topics.
IvoFlipse ♦, shortly after a discussion on a few Meta topics regarding, among other things, changes to the FAQ:
My problem with Meta is that there's no way to end or resolve a discussion. Yes, we discuss things, but there's no poll/election process where we can declare victory. This has frustrated me to no end on Discuss.Area51, Fitness.SE and MSU. I do feel Meta works reasonably well on some sites, but only if there's a true critical mass of people agreeing and simply starting to be the chance they want to be
We can discuss things on Meta as much as we want, but it's almost impossible to change things, especially once it's not a clear cut +20/-0 score. Diamonds hesitate to act when there's not a clear majority, and that's a reasonable approach, because we just don't have a way to declare one argument's victory over another.
Any ideas on how we can handle this in the future, so that we actually get real results to the discussions on Meta? Or do we simply accept the current situation where there just isn't a consensus, are no real results to a majority of discussions? Where past discussions, regardless of the result, are lost in the archives, invisible to the eye of the newcomer, only to be linked to once someone violates what can be considered community consensus?
I'm not looking for a perfect solution that can be applied network-wide. If we wait until we get e.g. real poll support from the SE software, we'll wait probably forever. Is there something we can do, on a smaller scale, e.g. with just a little support by our local diamond moderators?