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From Stephen McConnell <>
Subject Re: Learning deescalation
Date Wed, 07 Jul 2004 16:06:58 GMT


Sorry mate - but you are honestly the last person to preach about 
deescalation.  Let it drop.


Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:

> In the thread "Web site ready - give it a try", there has been an 
> unneeded escalation of tension because an innocent question has turned 
> into a bikeshed argument. [1]
> Keep in mind that others *will* ask questions like these the more the 
> project becomes known, and the project has to learn how to handle them 
> without making a fuzz out of them each time.
> The suggestions I proposed may as well be wrong: the important thing is 
> not what the project decides but how it handles pressure. I hope that 
> it's now clear that learning to de-escalate a storm in a teacup is 
> important.
> I'd suggest that everyone rereads the whole thread, and tries to see 
> where things started escalating and why. In particular take notice of 
> how different people react and which reactions escalate.
> As a general guide, the best way not to escalate tension is through 
> silence. [2] For example, if at one point I was said "we have already 
> decided for this", but I still kept on bugging, simply not responding 
> would have made me desist.
> Finally, as Noel said, voting should not be used to deescalate, as in 
> fact it does the opposite, and should generally be used only to ratify 
> important decisions of which there is already consensus, or when the 
> discussion has been long enough to warrant a stop on it. In this case 
> the decision was already taken and nobody challenged it (remember, I was 
> just asking), so it was not needed. If I wanted to start a vote, simply 
> not voting would have made the issue drop automatically.
> [1]
> [2] Consensus Gauging through Silence


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