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Should Jury Pools be Larger?

I was thinking about this, while perusing GD and Meta today, and wondered ... would the jury system work better with a larger selection than 6 jurors?

Before they get mentioned, I'll cut off some likely comments:

- No, I'm not whining about something of mine that got locked. If something of mine was locked, I was probably being a jerk.
- I'm not advocating arbitrarily large juries

What if they were, say, 11 or 13 jurors? In most cases, a larger sample size gives a more accurate depiction of a larger population, si a larger set of jurors would more precisely mimic the prevailing sensabilities of thr DU community, whilst making it harder for a few bad seeds to swing a vote. Instead of 2 or 3, 5 or 6 dissenters would need to be picked. Still possible? Absolutely. Less likely? Certainly. (I picked odd numbers because, well, annoying ties are annoying, and most jury systems are odd numbers for a reason)

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