Wikipedia:No Polarising Policies
|This is a failed proposal. Consensus for its implementation was not established within a reasonable period of time. If you want to revive discussion, please use the talk page or initiate a thread at the village pump.|
|This page in a nutshell: No proposal should potentially polarise the community|
While there is a guideline for gathering consensus, it relies on the assumption that the voting demographic is roughly gaussian in nature. There are likely to be policies, guidelines or processes proposed that would seemingly gather consensus under a vote, but would create a division in the Wikipedia community in doing so.
In other words, if a proposed policy, guideline or process is controversial then an overwhelming majority must be won in order for it to succeed a vote. Preferably there would be an extended period over which it is discussed in order for any gripes people might have can be first understood and then dealt with.
Essentially, if there is militant opposition to a proposal - even if it is a small minority - then unless a compromise can be reached, the proposal should never migrate into policy. Doing so would harm Wikipedia's status as an open-minded information source.