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In many cases, changes to community-wide policy and/or changes to individual articles are determined by a vote. In the absence of unanimous consensus, these issues may be settled by a majority or supermajority of those users polled (as mediated by one or more administrators).

When an issue is settled by either of these methods, attempts by any individual to counteract or violate these decisions without community support (as determined by a renewed discussion of the issue with participation equal to or greater than the original discussion) will be considered vandalism/disruptive editing under the blocking policy.

Votes related to article changes will be held on their respective Talk Pages. Votes related to wiki policy changes will be held at Forum:The Wizengamot and votes related to granting wiki User Permissions will be held at Requests for Permissions. Votes related to Discussions issues, will be held in Discussions, but linked to in either the Forum or Requests for Permissions as needed for tracking and archiving purposes.

Voting

  • The administrator who has begun a process may not partake in the voting directly, in order to ensure impartiality during the closing of the vote.
  • The administrator who opens a vote will close it, unless an undue amount of time has passed and no action has been taken.
  • Users should vote by declaring whether they are For or Against the topic at hand (and by signing with four tildes (~~~~ on a wiki-related topic). A comment can also be added if a user wishes.
  • For wiki-related issues, only autoconfirmed registered users with more than 20 article edits may participate in voting.
  • For Discussions-related topics, only autoconfirmed registered users with more than 20 Discussions posts may participate in voting.
  • These rules can be modified for particular projects that have their own voting policy (such as Featured articles).
  • Votes are tallied using a +/- system (i.e. voting for something adds one to the total, voting against something subtracts one from the total).

Closing

  • A majority opinion is considered when there is a clear +3 votes for a particular opinion.
    • In situations where there are multiple opinions (more than 2), a vote for an option is a positive one, and a vote for any other option is a negative one for all other opinions.
  • If there is no clear majority opinion the topic will be closed with no changes taking place.
    • If there are multiple (more than 2) opinions being voted on and no majority is reached, the opinion(s) with the lowest number of votes will be removed and voting will be reopened.
  • If a clear consensus, (+7 votes) is reached before the allotted time has expired than the administrator may close a vote early.

Example

Some Topic (+2)

  • For -- User1 00:00, 1 January 1970 (UTC)
  • Against Some comment. -- User2 00:00, 2 January 1970 (UTC)
  • For -- User3 00:00, 3 January 1970 (UTC)
  • For Some comment. -- User4 00:00, 4 January 1970 (UTC)
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