proposal: without clear agreement, the arbiter decides

This is not a policy change,
but rather a clarification of the existing wording.

Fixes golang/go#17129

Change-Id: Ie9877b10ae3eed8ad5e5763d35e48d94c6f8f523
Reviewed-by: Russ Cox <>
Reviewed-by: Brad Fitzpatrick <>
Reviewed-by: Robert Griesemer <>
Reviewed-by: Jaana Burcu Dogan <>
diff --git a/ b/
index c909a14..4e92db1 100644
--- a/
+++ b/
@@ -103,9 +103,9 @@
 	- The goal of the final discussion is to reach agreement on the next step:
 		(1) accept or (2) decline.
 	- The discussion is expected to be resolved in a timely manner.
-	- In Go development historically, a lack of agreement means decline.
-	- If there is disagreement about whether there is agreement,
-	  [rsc@]( is the arbiter.
+	- If clear agreement cannot be reached, the arbiter
+	  ([rsc@]( reviews the discussion
+	  and makes the decision to accept or decline.
 - The author (and/or other contributors) do the work as described by the
   "Implementation" section of the proposal.