[council] Re: IDN mailing list

Avri Doria avri at psg.com
Thu Nov 29 18:50:50 UTC 2007


On 29 nov 2007, at 19.21, Greg Ruth wrote:

> It appears that the IDN WG mailing list is still operative.  I  
> propose that this be the basis for a 6-month trial of an IDN  
> discussion list.  As Council chair, Avri is willing to monitor the  
> list during the trial period.  I would envision that ICANN would  
> publicly announce the "creation" of this list (probably with a new  
> name), describing its purpose and rules, and explaining how to  
> subscribe.
> Please put  this on the agenda to be discussed at the next meeting.

Thanks Greg.  I will add this to the agenda.  In the meantime perhaps  
we can discuss it some on the list.

Some personal views:

I think this could be done with a minimum of pain, and see it as an  
experiment for some of the work we may need to do under the GNSO reform.

I think one of the first things we would need to do is let the people  
on this list know we were doing this and make sure they were still  
interested in being subscribed. In terms of adding new subscribers, I  
would suggest a very loose mechanism were anyone asking to join would  
be asked to send the monitor(s) a note explaining who they were and  
why they wanted to join.  This would then be passed on to the list.   
I would suggest that we have minimal criteria at the start,  
essentially that they had not been suspended from any other ICANN  
list within the previous 6 months.

As for monitoring and drafting some rules etc, (which I suggest we  
base on a combination of rules already in use in ICANN + the rules  
used in the IETF and defined in RFCs), assuming the council approves  
the idea, i would look for some volunteers to help me in the task.

In terms of the issue of subscribers expecting some sort of  
acknowledgement of the discussions and comments on this list, I think  
part of the monitor's task should involve passing on to the council  
the gist of comments, and pointers to particularly significant  
comments, as they relate to topics under discussion.   Though I also  
think it should be made clear in the description of the list  that  
just because topics are discussed on this list is no guarantee that  
those topics are on any particular GNSO council agenda.

Assuming the proposal is approved, I would also suggest renaming the  
the list from GNSO-idn-wg  to GNSO-idn-discussion.


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