Dan, there's a long history to this, and it isn't really most of these folks' fault. Here's a very short version. The existing owner of icannatlarge.com was anointed (without any vote or consensus or particular discussion) as the recipient of funds from Esther Dyson and others to bootstrap the nascent atlarge after it failed a rigged study. |
So when ICANN's cleansheet look at internet democracy turned out to be a deathshroud, folks needed somewhere to turn, so they followed the money. That's the trick with ICANN insiders, you can follow their money, but you can't catch it. So once all the folks were set-up over there, moving again isn't that easy to do, much as some would like to. And only the recipient of the Dyson et al funds presently has the keys, not only to the name, which obviously could be left behind, but to everything else. So it's a tricky situation.
After all Dan, didn't you say something about slowly packing to get out of .com, and you really know what you're doing and presumably only have to answer to yourself. I hope you cut them some slack. More, I hope you join (I'm not presently a member for other, but related, reasons). I think, no, I know, you would be a great asset to them (or any attempt at internet democracy) in a number of ways. Whether you would get anything in return I cannot say, but the effort doesn't deserve to die just yet, and certainly not over a name.
BTW, the .org version is registered to the intrepid Jefsey Morphin and he might be willing to lend it out, but I think he has problems with it as it's registered with VeriSign. Of course any old name would do, I agree as usual, preferably in .org. :) -g