[EURO-Discuss] Keep the documentation

Roberto Gaetano roberto at icann.org
Fri May 11 11:12:29 EDT 2007

I hope that all the discussions going on now will remain as a record for the
time in which the ALAC Review will take place.
It will be interesting to know, for the reviewers, how much time is spent on
substantial discussions, and how much time on procedural matters.
In particular, how much time is spent in revisiting former consensus
decisions taken only few months earlier.
>From the attitude point of view, what is appalling, looking from the
outside, is how a couple of people have inherited the Jeff William syndrome,
i.e. the belief that when they speak, that means that this is the consensus
position, and just because the majority does not have neither time nor envy
to reply to each and every message, that becomes the consensus, overriding
previous decisions.
Last but not least, I do not take sides on what form of vote will be more
democratic, I just only note that there is one fundamentally undemocratic
approach, which is to change the rules of an election on the day before the
elections, when nominations are already closed (based on the previous
rules). Whether this is on the voting mechanism for ALAC reps, or on the
number of seats for the Board.
The only good thing is that, as I hoped, all ALSes have signed, making the
whole fandango raised on the MoU a complete loss of time.
Incidentally, I will write to a trusted third party my forecast on the
result, and that can be compared at the end with what really happened. It is
a bit funny, because I have the impression that there's a lot of noise for
an election that, for the ALAC seats, has the result already known, if you
just sit down and think.
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