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