Talk:Robert's Rules of Order
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Request to add criticisms edit
While a prevalent method to organize meetings of all types, there is a growing criticism of Robert's Rule of Order. The main charge is that this methodology favors mainly the white, Anglo-Saxon mainstream culture above all other cultures. Robert's Rule favors linearity over spontaneity, the known over the unpredictable. As stated in his book "Deep Democracy" (2002) Arnold Mindell states (p.12) "There are obvious benefits to the rules; one of them is "regularity". However, what about people who are not the "regular" types? Robert did not address the effects of his rules on the individuals who are "restrained", judged so because they are "capricious". The rules unwittingly marginalize "irregular" people, feelings, and emotions while supporting the communication style of one culture over others. Furthermore, there is little awareness of nonmajority feelings, which are covertly forbidden or else simply ruled "out of order". [...] The spirit behind Robert's Rules of Order makes it impossible for certain people to be heard." I do not have the skills to make such an edit to this page, but I'm hoping that someone who can will read this request to balance the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:569:79A0:CD00:81E3:D09D:FA42:382B (talk) 16:33, 14 April 2022 (UTC)
- This article already contains a "Consensus decision-making" section, with a link to the article on that. So, I'm not sure this discussion would lead to any change to this article. Apart from possible changes to this article, I do think the discussion is an interesting one. I thank the writer for contributing the Talk. Parliamentary procedure does have rules for protecting minorities and protecting individuals' right to be heard. My personal experience is that sometimes persons advocating "consensus" as being somehow nicer than parliamentary procedure really wish to bully manipulate or filibuster their way to more power than parliamentary procedure would allow them. Yes, sometimes parliamentary rules are used to intimidate persons who have insufficient knowledge of procedure, which is at least 99% of us. The intimidators are usually not actually following the rules themselves. If being heard is difficult when there are democratic rules in place, careful what you wish for. Try being heard when there are no rules, or secret rules.
- "Spokes Council meetings were so chaotic that one activist, Meaghan Linick, likened them to Jerry Springer shows. 'There are a lot of angry people,' she told me. A few screamers - paranoids was another term - were blocking serious proposals. . . . Brooke Lehman, who had actively promoted the Spokes Council idea, was dismayed. 'It was a shock to me to create the Spokes Council,' she told me, 'and have it be a total [expletive deleted] show.'" [footnote-C] footnote-C – Todd Gitlin – Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street – It Books, 2012.
- Of course there can be well defined rules in a consensus process. In that case, one would have to evaluate those specific rules themselves. I am addressing here the use of "consensus" when that is not well defined. Natefin (talk) 00:29, 15 April 2022 (UTC)
12 edition is out edit
- The 12th edition has been released (https://robertsrules.com/2020-ntc-opening-session/). This article and related Wikipedia articles will need to be updated to reflect the latest edition. I will start making edits when I get my copy (it will be released to the general public on September 1, 2020). Ronruser (talk) 19:20, 28 August 2020 (UTC)
History and Origins edit
It's not clear what San Fransciso has to do with anything here. As far as I can tell the contentious church meeting was not there, nor did he write the rules there. In either case, there is no source for the connection listed. DoctorKarpiak —Preceding undated comment added 20:13, 15 August 2020 (UTC)
Requested move 6 January 2022 edit
Some Changes suggested for the lede edit
I suggest a new sentence be inserted after the first sentence of the lede:
- The term Robert's Rules of Order is also used more generically to refer to any of the more recent editions, by various editors and authors, based on any of Robert's original editions, and the term is used in the United States more generically to refer to parliamentary procedure.
Given this inserted sentence, the word "it" in the following sentence (currently second sentence) would be replaced by "Robert's manual".
The sentence that begins "After the death of Robert" would, given the suggested insertion, be removed as redundant.
— discussion — The results of an Amazon search for "Robert's Rules of Order" will abundantly justify the claim that Robert's refers to many more recent editions. I support the claim that Robert's refers to parliamentary procedure by citing Edwin C. Bliss' note To The Reader in the front of "The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, Third Edition": The term "Robert's rules of order" is commonly used today as a synonym for parliamentary procedure.
I suggest the remainder of the lede, beginning with "A series of these variations" be removed. It is redundant with text already in the "Official Editions" section.
— discussion – I believe claims that Newly Revised is most popular and is blessed by descendants of Major Robert are well supported. Those claims deserve to be included in a section devoted to Newly Revised. The lede should be kept neutral. If claims in favor of Newly Revised were included in the lede, other claims in favor of more concise editions (which some persons actually prefer) would also have to be included in the lede. I believe the distinction between "official" editions and "not authorized" editions is not very meaningful. Editions not authorized by one group are in fact authorized by another group. The more meaningful distinction is between the more comprehensive approach of Newly Revised and the more concise approach of, for example, "The Modern Edition". In future, I will suggest further changes to reflect this more meaningful distinction. Natefin (talk) 14:13, 10 March 2022 (UTC)
misleading infobox edit
Just noticed that the article contains a book infobox, including "name=Robert's Rules of Order _linebreak_ Newly Revised". I believe this is misleading. The "Newly Revised" edition referenced in the infobox is not the same book as the original "Pocket Guide". For example, the two books do not share the same authorship, though there is a partial overlap of authorship. If this article is to be exclusively about the "Newly Revised" edition, it should be renamed. This article, with its existing name, must be about "Robert's Rules of Order" more broadly. That "In Brief" redirects here proves the point. Natefin (talk) 16:39, 28 March 2022 (UTC)
Clarifying distinction between "Newly Revised" editions and others, and making a little progress towards shortening this article edit
As noted in my March 10 talk, I believe the distinction between "official" and "not authorized" is misleading. There is not consensus on who gets to decide what is "official". The meaningful neutral distinction is between the "Newly Revised" editions' comprehensive approach and other guides' concise approach. This article needs extensive revision to change it from being an advertisement for the "Newly Revised" editions towards being a neutral article about Robert's Rules of Order, including the "Newly Revised" editions and also other editions. This talk is to suggest a set of specific revisions that might accomplish that change.
The length of the article is one matter, the vast majority of the content is specific to "Newly Revised." "Wikipedia:Article size" states "> 50 kB — May need to be divided (likelihood goes up with size)." This article is now 55,264 bytes. "Article size" states "When an article is too large, consider breaking it into smaller articles, spinning part of it out into a new article, or merging part of it into another existing article." Spinning a large part of this article into a "Newly Revised" article can be considered. Deleting a significant portion of the "Newly Revised" contents of this article (for being too detailed) can be considered. Here, I am suggest that just little of the content in this article be moved to the "Parliamentary Procedure" article, and just a little be removed as redundant.
Section 9.4 "Parliamentarians" is redundant with the article "Parliamentarian_(consultant)". I suggest keeping the section, but replacing its contents with a reference to the "Parliamentarian_(consultant)" article.
The first paragraph of the "Official editions" section can be moved to the end of the "History" section. The subsection 2.1 "In Brief" can be relocated within this article, as suggested below. The remainder of the "Official editions" section can be renamed "Comprehensive editions." The Infobox book "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised", misleading as it currently applies to the entire article, can be moved into this "Comprehensive" section. I am deferring the question of whether "Newly Revised" twelfth can get an Infobox without giving Infobox-s to various other editions.
Section 3 "Versions not authorized by the family trust" should be renamed "Concise editions". The contents of section 2.1 "In Brief" can be relocated here. For the moment, I would including The Infobox book "In Brief" as part of 2.1 contents to be relocated. Ultimately, we must consider which "Robert's Rules" publications get an Infobox. If "In Brief" is to keep its Infobox, "The Modern Edition" should get one too. I am deferring that question.
Section 4 "Purpose" would be moved to the "Comprehensive editions" section. A further refinement, which I defer for now, would divide the "Purpose" section into a general "Purpose" section relating to parliamentary procedure generally, and a "Purpose" section relating specifically to the "Newly Revised" editions. In that deferred refinement, the more general purpose text would be merged into the "Parliamentary Procedure" article, making this article shorter.
Sections 5, 6, 7, and 8, "Contents of current (12th) edition", "Additional information related to current edition", "Changes between editions", and "Rule explanations" would all be moved to the "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised" section. Reducing the level of detail in these sections might be a further improvement, I defer for now.
The first paragraph of section 9 "Application to specific organizations" is a statement that specific rules of an organization take precedence over any parliamentary guide it adopts. This fact is generic to any parliamentary guide, and the contents of this paragraph would be moved to a new short section, to immediately follow the "History" section, that new section titled "Special rules". This will include a citation of the 1893 edition, preface, page 16 in the Bantam Books printing ISBN 0-553-22598-7.
The remainder of section 9 "Application to specific organizations", after its first paragraph has been moved as suggested above, would be be moved to the "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised" section. Again, further refinement might reduce the length of this content, but I defer.
The contents of the first paragraph of section 10 "Alternative rules for organizations" would be merged into the new "Special rules" section proposed above to immediately follow the "History" section.
The listing of "The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure", in Subsection 10.1 "Other parliamentary authorities", will be moved to the "Concise editions" section. I justify this with a citation of the "To the Reader" note, by Edwin Bliss, page xx of the third edition of that book -- "This book has been described as 'Robert's Rules of Order without the deadwood.' It's an apt description." So, "The Standard Code" is a version of "Robert's Rules" even though it does not have the word "Robert's" in the title.
The sentence of 10.1 "Henry M. Robert III responded to the simplification by saying the following: ...", including the lengthy quote, will be moved to the "Newly Revised section." The last sentence of 10.1 "Also in response to the simplification was the publication of a supplemental guide to the official book (see In Brief)" will be removed as redundant with the inclusion of "In Brief" among the concise editions.
The entirety of section 10.2 "Consensus decision-making" will be moved to the "Parliamentary Procedure" article, as this is an alternative to Parliamentary Procedure generally, nothing specific to Robert's Rules. Natefin (talk) 04:13, 29 March 2022 (UTC)
discussing paragraph added via 19:32, 8 August 2022 edit: "... the title became ..." edit
"Starting with the seventh edition in 1970, the title became Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, often abbreviated RONR."
The title of what became "RONR"? The titles of prior editions, still in print, remain what they were.
The lead already mentions "... any of the more recent editions ...", and RONR is covered in excruciating detail in the section "4 Comprehensive editions."
What prompted this edit? What the editors of RONR write about their own publication should not be taken as gospel. They claim that their latest edition takes the place of all prior editions. That is their claim, not an objective truth fit for Wikipedia.
There is much Talk history, going back multiple years, on claims of RONR being "official", of RONR being the only current thing "Robert's Rules" can refer to, and so on. I ask that editors study those Talks before making edits that give RONR special status.
Reason for undo of 8/27/2022 edit edit
I welcome Mormegil's participation in the Robert's page. Yet, I believe their recent edit to be a mistake. To point to just one small example of the whole matter:
″... it is designed to answer, as nearly as possible, any question of parliamentary procedure that may arise.″
This applies to the "... Newly Revised" editions. Other editions are more limited to principles and basic rules, trusting groups to make reasonable detailed decisions based on those principles and basic rules. Persons are free to decide which approach they prefer.
The sheer volume of details in the article re. "... Newly Revised" creates confusion. Yes, a huge portion of the article, organized into numerous sub-sections, is devoted to just the "... Newly Revised" editions. Someone with more time than I to devote to this might edit down the "... Newly Revised" section. Natefin (talk) 14:03, 27 August 2022 (UTC)