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    Re: Time to Organize
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 03 2002, @07:21AM (#9528)
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    ...you set out a plan. None of this whining drivel ending in 'so who wants to lead.'
    The DNS, and most of the rest of the standards, protocols, and practices that make the internet tick merrily along, weren't planned in any central sense (and ICANN's central planning adds nothing to that mix, it detracts from it). There were no leaders, except in the sense that it was a meritocracy. Someone saw a problem and came up with a solution or thought of a new service and went ahead and tried it, usually sharing it via RFCs, a peer review as it were, to ensure what Randy Bush famously and accurately called rough consensus and running code. It was collaborative, that is, it was distributed. Having a defined and ongoing leadership is just a single point of failure, and one needs no better example of that than ICANN.
    I just wish that the "Usual Suspects" posting on ICANNWatch would at times lay out clear objectives and then follow through.
    I can't speak for any other suspects here, ICANNWatch is also a distributed model. I'd like to think I have pointed out a few problems and proposed some solutions and have even suggested some new services in my time here. In the current instance I'm just pointing out some problems and suggesting some possible solutions (which could also lead to new services). If anyone wants to take it up and run with it, fine. If not, fine. I may have the will to do so but I don't solely have the knowledge, skill, or funding necessary to do so. There is no rule saying that the person pointing out the problem needs to come up with the solution (and that isn't normally the case), and neither of those persons is necessarily a 'leader'. Indeed, it is those using old-world thinking and either wanting to be leaders or wanting to be followers who add nothing to the mix. I see ICANN as a general problem, so do many others. I use my own solutions so that ICANN doesn't cause me major problems. From time to time I mention some of them. Others are free to do the same in their own way, and some do. To the extent that some few things do need a central repository and if one believes that that shouldn't be ICANN, then yes, there could be someone leading in that regard. If it is to return to a meritocracy, it won't be me. -g
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