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    Re: Charging
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Monday February 18 2002, @07:36AM (#4940)
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    How will you pay? By credit card (either directly or thru purchase of a domain name)? Typical ICANN US-centric design.

    How will you vote? Thru an election mechanism where Kent Crispin counts the hanging chad? Typical ICANN cronyism.

    Instead of the the following options:

    [ ]US$5 [ ]US$10 [ ]US$15
    [ ]US$20 [ ]US$25
    [ ] If there is a fee, I will not register for membership.

    Why didn't it give as options:

    [ ]US$0 [ ]US$5 [ ]US$10 [ ]US$15
    [ ]US$20 [ ]US$25 [ ]US$1000*

    The survey question as written forces you to either agree to some fee or give up your membership if you don't believe in a fee. There are many good (and I believe valid) reasons for opposing a fee. A typical ICANN survey leading question routes around them.

    * That last amount is an addition for Pindar Wong and Mike Roberts and any other ICANNites who belatedly come down with a case of noblesse oblige.

    The International Workers of the World (the Wobblies) who wanted One Big Union to oppose the monied folks during the 1930's Great Depression were a musical lot. Here's a line from one of their songs:

    Scorn to eat the crumbs from the rich man's table.

    I'd rather be on the outside looking in than be a part of legitimizing the ALSC's top-down process. -g

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    Re: Charging by fnord
    The Cavebear Calculations
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Monday February 18 2002, @06:28PM (#4960)
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    Karl Auerbach gives a possible reason for why some might want to make tax deductible donations. This bears watching. -g
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    Re: Hear hear!
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Monday February 18 2002, @11:59PM (#4966)
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    Well, if the IWW was before your time (though they're still around), some might remember the Merry Pranksters (though if you do, as Robin Williams says, you weren't there). Now we have digital merry pranksters. The anti-globalization, anti-WTO, etc. folks haven't paid too much attention to namespace politics yet but that's because, for all its faults, ICANN hasn't yet p*ssed them off.

    There's a lot of mostly young (and often technologically literate) folks out there willing to put their bodies on the line in the Seattle anti-WTO protests and elsewhere. The extent to which ICANN mishandles the @large question could become an interesting historical footnote to some widespread hijinks and hacks.

    And no, I'm not advocating that, just making an observation that if you polarize yourself it is likely that an opposite pole will show up for balance. Those of us in the middle who just want the bits to run on time stand to lose more than we'll gain. Plus ca change... -g

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