This question was asked on meta.codereview.SE for deciding on a new site policy. There was not much for a response but all the response agreed on one thing.

Now there seem to be people saying that the OP(a moderator) didn't have the authority to decide on a new site policy like here. I wanted to know how to properly deal with such situations on a new website? There has to be some way to properly decide a new policy. How? More discussion? What if people don't participate on meta? Then what? Start using that policy and redirecting people to te original discussion asking them to post their opinions?

What is the proper way to decide on the site policy without dividing the community? Who can the final arbiter in this case?

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    Four days is not a lot of time to open the floor
    – random
    Aug 27, 2013 at 16:35
  • @random I had that feeling but then how to do it properly? Aug 27, 2013 at 16:36
  • That sort of thing really needs some time to 'air out' a bit. There's probably no hard cut-off; but just some time for those interested to express their opinions. Aug 27, 2013 at 16:39
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    "He has considered my answer official policy based on the votes it has received." (Jamal) - So, 4 votes is considered community consensus? A large policy change like this should probably get the featured tag so that the rest of the community knows it's actually being discussed (and maybe give it a better title than "Specific Questions" too).
    – animuson StaffMod
    Aug 27, 2013 at 16:41
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    If I were the particular moderator, I would not have accepted an answer for quite some time to be honest.
    – Bart
    Aug 27, 2013 at 16:41
  • I understand that a mistake might have been made. That's why I am asking it here and placing a link of this question wherever there seems to be some debate this. Aug 27, 2013 at 16:45
  • Okay, I've flagged the relevant question for moderator attention, asking for that moderator to weigh in on the issue.
    – Jamal
    Aug 27, 2013 at 17:12
  • @animuson: I've said that only because he said he considered it new policy. Though, I do agree that the 'featured' flag should've been used. Again, I'm just following him, but I agree that this case is still open.
    – Jamal
    Aug 27, 2013 at 17:14
  • @animuson On quite a few beta sites, 4-6 votes is the consensus. Even after featuring posts, people dont always weigh in or vote.
    – asheeshr
    Aug 28, 2013 at 7:27
  • And to think, people here on Meta SO are all up in arms about too much voting! Too much airing of opinions. We just can't win. (Unless we ignore the people complaining on Meta SO about vote counts, then we all win.)
    – Cody Gray
    Aug 29, 2013 at 2:59
  • @animuson So can you add an answer with some general guidelines for future reference? This question wasn't meant only for that particular site-policy. Aug 29, 2013 at 6:43
  • As of now, my answer has six upvotes. I'll let that moderator decide when to take the next step.
    – Jamal
    Sep 2, 2013 at 20:52


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