What is a block

• Written by Richard D. Bartlett

A block traditionally means that someone feels so strongly about a decision that if it goes through they will leave the group. This is distinct from a “no” vote, which means they have concerns and don't think consensus has been reached. If after more discussion they still have concerns but the rest of the group wants to approve something, they will live with it. If this distinction is not made, then there's really no point in having “no” and “block” since they'd overlap. “No” means “I don't think consensus has been reached let's keep talking”… more or less. I think each group will have to define these terms for themselves
Alanna, on the difference between “no” and “block”

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