If at some point wikis (or online communities) want to enable decision making, then the technology and social norms must offer an complete (and hopefully simpler) replacement of the given parliamentary rules.
I think we might work this out technically and socially. -- HelmutLeitner
[AnewGo:CongressionalProcedure] and in [AnewGo:CategoryCongressionalProcedure].
I was trying for a system that could handle a "congress" consisting of millions of people. In essence, I tried to take RobertsRules? and "parallelize" them. I didn't finish describing the system. On smaller wikis, a simpler system might be feasible.
What may be needed (brainstorming):
Sounds good. I didn't mean to say that we should only think about millions of people; just that that's what I was doing on those other pages.
By the way, there are a bunch of similar software efforts around, although most of them are not geared towards wikis. Some of them end up being similar to wikis in the end, though.
There is a list of many of them here:
Robert's seems like an odd place to start. It is a set of rules for parlaimentary procedure used in the U.S. and perhaps elsewhere. (Does someone know whether it sees widespread use in the UK and throughout the world?) As such, it is intended to provide a deterministic process for making decisions, based on voting, in a finite amount of time. Much of its contents have to do with formalizing a set of discussion rules, providing mechanisms to limit discussion and debate, and balancing the need for effective decision making against wishes of various minority constituencies. Its usefulness to a deliberative body is essentially independent of the communications media used, be it wiki or otherwise, but it is of no use in consensus-driven decision making.