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floor control

the mechanism by which access to a shared object is mediated — for instance, controlling access to a shared whiteboard (so only one person can draw at a time) or determining who can speak during a chat session (determining who “has the floor”).

Floor control can be applied to any particular access permission of an object, but typically it refers to the right to edit an object while all users are able to view the object. Some examples of floor control are: allowing all users to edit the object concurrently, having a moderator who decides who has write permission for the object, or having a token which is passed around to give each user write permission as the token is held.