On 02/21/2017 06:24 PM, Todd Allen wrote:
No. The community I am referring to is all WMF project participants who
might be interested in presenting their opinion on the subject, regardless
of whether or not they currently participate in any given specific area.
That is always the case.


No, it certainly is not.

Generally users who are not part of the community/just joined for the discussion do not have the same weight, and their position may be disregarded entirely.

English Wikipedia policy is clear (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sock_puppetry#Meatpuppetry): "In votes or vote-like discussions, new users may be disregarded or given significantly less weight, especially if there are many of them expressing the same opinion."

Other wikis have similar conventions and policies, and some other wikis even formalize this into required edit counts.

Matt Flaschen

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