[council] On the use of 'fairness' et al

Ross Wm. Rader ross at tucows.com
Sat Aug 27 11:09:22 UTC 2005

With that being said Phillip, there are other methods that we can use to 
find the answers that we need. Being impossible to actually weigh the 
sun, scientists turn to indirect methods to find their answer. As I 
mentioned on the call, this is appears to be a more appropriate option 
for us as well.

Instead of attempting to quantify "fairness" we should be examining the 
processes and policies within the GNSO and its structure that were set 
in place to further the goal of "fairness" (or whatever ethereal quality 
we wish to learn about). If those policies are useful and effective, 
then we can deduce that we are fulfilling the requirements of "fairness" 
- without having necessarily defined "fairness". Of course, this will 
only tell us if we are being fair according to the definition used by 
those that initially implemented the processes and policies.

We can further seek to determine whether or not we need to update these 
by simply asking the community if the existing policies and processes 
meet their respective definitions of fair...

On 8/26/2005 6:32 AM Philip Sheppard noted that:
> Avri,
> everything you say is correct but we need to consider practicality.
> The concern of myself and other Council members is to ensure the GNSO review
> is done well but does not grow out of proportion to our prime objective of
> policy development. The more comprehensive the review and the more
> ill-defined its scope, the less resource (time and money) we have for this
> objective.
> I am concerned that we are today launching a GNSO review at a time when 17
> out of 20 recommendations dating from last year for improving effectiveness
> of the GNSO Council (and thus the GNSO) are NOT yet implemented due to lack
> of resource.
> If we end up in 2006 with a list of 20 new recommendations that are also not
> implemented, the effectiveness of the GNSO will be unchanged.
> Philip



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