Suppose a group wants to reach consensus on an issue, and wants individual interests to have as little as possible to do with the decision, and instead wants the group’s interests as a whole taken into consideration as much as possible.
So they do the following:
They meet anonymously online. A computer program knows who each individual is, but does not reveal this to anyone.
The participants discuss the issue, couching the argument in terms of group goals and interests as much as possible.
However, if any of the group can correctly identify any others, the one identified is kicked out of the discussion. (If an attempt is made to identify, and fails, then the one who made the attempt is kicked out instead.)
If too many people are kicked out, then the quorum is lost and the group has to reconvene after a set interval, with all participants re-invited to the new anonymous discussion.
What kind of group would this be for, if any? (I’m imagining probably an ideological one, but maybe my imagination is failing me.)
What would be some ways to game this system, if any? (I figured out one: If losing one more participant would result in loss of quorum, and you’re finding you’re not on the “winning” side of the discussion, you can throw out an identification, and right or wrong someone will get kicked and quorum will be lost.)
Does this even slightly resemble anything that’s actually been tried whether in reality or fiction?
What would be a snazzy name for this method of discovering group consensus?