[council] An issue or not an issue - that is the question

Ross Rader ross at tucows.com
Fri May 25 14:32:33 UTC 2007

 From my perspective, this level of detail is interesting, but doesn't 
properly credit the real point of the issues report, which is to 
identify the issues surrounding a specific policy question. Its my 
opinion that Council should only proceed with the process of creating an 
issues report if we believe that there are reasonable grounds that there 
is a policy question that needs an answer, that the timing is right to 
do so and that it would help the council better understand the what the 
landscape looks like in order that it might consider whether or not a 
full PDP is warranted.

I only voted in favor of the creation of the issues report on this 
basis. Based on the facts that I have come to understand, I do not 
believe that this specific issue merits a full PDP, but that it behooves 
us to understand the entire picture before we fully commit or defer.

Unless the issues report raises substantive new facts that I haven't 
considered, its not likely that I will vote in favor of moving ahead 
with a PDP on this particular policy question.

Gomes, Chuck wrote:
> Philip,
> I don't totally agree with you regarding the consideration of merits of
> an issue when deciding whether to request an issues report.  You are
> correct of course that the primary place for doing that is when we
> decide whether to initiate a PDP, but if there is already established
> work that indicates the merits of the issue are questionable, it is not
> necessarily good use of ICANN staff resources to ask them to create an
> issues report.  Regardless of how willing ICANN staff is to respond, the
> reality of the matter is that their response sometimes means working
> longer hours and/or delaying other tasks that has other fallout.
> Chuck Gomes
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org 
>> [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On Behalf Of Philip Sheppard
>> Sent: Friday, May 25, 2007 3:58 AM
>> To: 'Council GNSO'
>> Subject: [council] An issue or not an issue - that is the question
>> I think it worthwhile reminding Council about the origin of 
>> an issues report (versus agreeing to start a PDP).
>> The issues report is intended to clarify that there is indeed 
>> an issue.
>> No more, no less.
>> It maps out an issue in an unbiased way to then allow Council 
>> to vote on its merits.
>> The vote on whether to ask for an Issues Report should be a 
>> collegiate action of Council meaning that:
>> a) someone thinks there is an issue
>> b) Council recognises there is an issue.
>> The vote should NOT be based on Council's view of the merits 
>> of any possible outcome or resources. These questions come later.
>> The reasons to vote NO are:
>> a) it is outside of the scope of the GNSO
>> b) it is an issue best dealt with bilaterally by the parties concerned
>> c) it is in scope but of trivial importance.
>> The reasons to vote YES are:
>> a) it is an issue and is in scope of the GNSO
>> b) I hate all possible outcomes but recognise it is an issue 
>> and in scope
>> c) I like some possible outcomes and recognise it is an issue 
>> and in scope.
>> Philip

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