By bblfish on Nov 17, 2006
I just found out yesterday that the IETF have a practice of reaching a decision by humming. Sometimes when IETF working groups meet, the members decide on an issue by humming for or against a proposal. The proposal with the clear hum advantage wins. Apparently this is a very helpful way of fostering consensus and reaching decisions relatively quickly.
And I can see why. Person to person contact already helps dispel misunderstandings. The volume of the humming helps remove the personal aspect of voting for or against an issue, and keeps a certain amount of anonymity. It sounds fun too :-)
Having worked remotely from Europe with the Atom working group, I never went to any of these meetings, so I never hummed a Pace...