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    ICANNWatch.org Has discussion made any difference?
    posted by michael on Thursday November 29 2001, @03:12PM

    Anonymous writes "Every one has message boards these days, ICANN, ICANNWatch.com, etc.

    Does this discussion ever make a difference? Has there been an occassion where constructive discussion made a difference in policy put forward by ICANN?"

    It just seems the boards have become a venting grounds and people that are suppose to gather public opinion just ignore them?

    Is it just me thinking this way?

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    Re: Has discussion made any difference?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday November 30 2001, @12:55AM (#3887)
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    Why do people keep referring to this site as icannwatch.com (as in this article), when this site has always referred to itself as icannwatch.org (see the right column where it says "Most read story about ICANNWatch.org", for instance)? I know the .com address works, too, but it's never been the preferred address, since this is a noncommercial site. I know there are lots of drooling morons around who think that all site names end in .com, but those of us who are sufficiently discerning to participate in this site should be a cut above that.
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    Re: Has discussion made any difference?
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Friday November 30 2001, @04:01AM (#3889)
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    Well, on Nov. 17 I expressed concern here about a clause in the .aero charter as posted by ICANN on Nov. 9. On Nov. 20 ICANN posted another version which removed the phrase I had whined about. Other than that there were only a couple of cosmetic changes.

    Coincidence? Perhaps. With very little opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue or discussion within ICANN unless you are one of the moneyed established interests, posting here is about the only hope some of us have. It also makes it more difficult for ICANN to prove consensus when there are venues such as this to show dissent, that is, non-consent. I've also learned quite a lot from some posters, it is more than a place to vent, it is a place to share information, and I think it does that passably well.

    For the record, following are the .aero changes between Nov. 9 and 20, bold is text added, italic is text deleted. -g

    The Sponsor may extend this list the bulleted list above if petitioned to do so by a recognised organization within the global aviation community, provided that any such extension is (1) in accordance with the global aviation community's perceptions about the prevailing scope of the community, and (2) is restricted to people, entities, and government agencies which (a) provide for and support efficient, safe, and secure transport of people and cargo by air, and (b) facilitate or perform the necessary transactions to transport people and cargo by air. , and (3) ICANN expressly consents to the extension in writing (such consent not to be unreasonably withheld).

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    Re: Has discussion made any difference?
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Friday November 30 2001, @02:02PM (#3895)
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    Is ICANN going to change its message boards? M. Stuart Lynn says something is up. -g
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    Re: Has discussion made any difference?
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Thursday November 29 2001, @03:42PM (#3881)
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    I've never met such a person. Such a person would have to believe there was ever a chance staff would support .web.
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