Wikipedia:Consensus dos and don'ts


Consensus is Wikipedia's fundamental model for editorial decision-making: when it doesn't work, nothing else does either.

In situations involving consensus:
DO:
Be familiar with relevant policies, guidelines, and past discussions
Follow the BOLD, revert, discuss cycle
Challenge consensus you disagree with at the right venue(s)
Neutrally ask for broader input where advisable
Take intractable disputes to the right dispute resolution process
DON'T:
Don't act like a consensus you disagree with doesn't exist!
Don't use local consensus to ignore wider consensus
Don't close contentious discussions that you are involved in
Don't canvass for support of your position
Don't turn to tendentious editing to get your way