A while back on Meta Stack Exchange, Shog9 described an "execution squad" mentality:
First, if we're gonna do this then let's make it worthwhile: 1 vote == closed, regardless of how many other votes or flags are in play. My biggest beef with close voting is the execution-squad attitude it seems to inspire among folks: "oh, I don't want to take responsibility for closing a question, I just want to be one of the mob throwing stones". If we're gonna give more weight to votes from folks who according to their past participation we should be able to trust with them, I want them to be taking that extra responsibility seriously.
The execution squad attitude can actually be used beneficially — it can help people feel more okay with taking a very significant action which they know could be a bad idea, especially when you provide anonymity during the process. They're not the sole person doing it so they don't have to be absolutely 100% positive (surely one of those other people will be, right?), and if it was a stuff-up other people are equally to blame. It increases participation in scenarios like the close votes on Stack Exchange, or, you know, execution squads!
I'd like to be able to discuss this attitude at times. I'd like to be able to google it and learn more about it, and I'd like to mention it to people who can google it and learn what it means. Currently googling "execution squad attitude" and "firing squad attitude" just get me irrelevant results about current affairs and firing squads (but not the psychology behind them), and probably get me a little closer to being put on some kind of law enforcement watch list.
Is there a technical term for this mentality? Preferably, one that isn't gruesomely connected to executioners?