[ALAC] Something we didn't think about.

Rinalia Abdul Rahim rinalia.abdulrahim at gmail.com
Thu Aug 22 00:10:40 UTC 2013

Evan, what's a boondoggle and HSTLD?

On Aug 22, 2013 4:22 AM, "Evan Leibovitch" <evan at telly.org> wrote:

> On 21 August 2013 12:06, Alan Greenberg <alan.greenberg at mcgill.ca> wrote:
> >  For the record, it was sent for its interest, not because I thought it
> > needed our formal attention.
> >
> My comments were related to:
> *"Not really, that was a real WE. Plenty of opportunities for all of us to
> > have caught this earlier..."*
> I agree with Olivier that this was not the kind of thing that "we" needed
> to be on the lookout for as the issue, in itself, has no main relevance to
> At-Large.
> Of course, with every day that goes by, some new unintended consequence
> shows up. (or maybe some of these consequences were intended, but certainly
> nasty in intent if so)
>    - The wild and weird world of objection processes
>    - "Priority roulette"
>    - Prioritisation (and the aftermath of poor categorisation)
>    - IDN variants
>    - Applicant support (or rather, the general inaccessibility of the
>    expansion in much of the world)
>    - The tempest that is "Closed generics"
>    - Compliance scaling
>    - When is a community a real community? And who tells the difference
>    - Confusion over string confusion
>    - Making sense of the GAC's confused responses
>    - The boondoggle about metrics
>    - The aborted HSTLD effort
> And surely there are more to come.
> I really really would like to have ALAC advocate that, after IDNs,
> dot-brands and a few of the first "open" gTLDs are launched. ICANN take a
> breath and wait at least six months or so to see what happens before going
> on with the others. While I still think the whole expansion was a colossal
> mistake, it is not against the aims of ALAC to suggest slowing down the
> release of TLDs to determine the public real-world consequences.
> The word "delay" has been taken as a profanity within the ICANN bubble, but
> I see no reason for ALAC to support an ongoing blind rush into the unknown.
> There is NO end-user demand for hundreds of TLDs. And nobody can prove my
> statement incorrect because no research has been done on the subject. We
> can barely do a survey on the Applicant Support program, let alone on
> global public demand for the whole gTLD expansion.
> - Evan
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