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    Re:Pick up the phone!
    by Kieren McCarthy on Sunday April 22 2007, @02:13AM (#16944)
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    You've hit on something here Ed that I am still trying to work out how to deal with.

    Namely, how do you know what impact, if any, particular public comments have had on the finished product?

    If you look at it from the most positive perspective i.e. that every comment contributed is discussed at length by whatever group of people are looking at the issue in hand -- how does that group get across that it has considered every piece?

    The first solution that jumps to mind is that every comment is printed out and then gone through in the meeting. But you can see how if this was the set approach how it could very rapidly get out of hand and the meeting become stilted.

    Equally can or should ICANN mandate how meetings are carried out? Seems a bit controlling and unhelpful.

    But there needs to be some kind of system because if you assume the worst case scenario where the comments are ignored, such a system would mean that this wasn't possible and all comments would have to be involved in the process.

    The question I suppose is: what is the system by which you can demonstrate that everything has been considered without making it a chore or cumbersome or reducing the efficiency of the actual meeting?

    Is it a matter of staff producing a summary of comments and then making that publicly available plus insisting on open discussion of that document by the committee?

    Or is there a technological solution where comments can be ticked off, brief comments added online to explain the committee's feelings?

    Any and all suggestions welcome. I'm sure I can persuade someone to try out a pilot if I get such a system in place.

    Kieren
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