[NA-Discuss] Suspension of Posting Privileges for Eric Brunner Williams

Thompson, Darlene DThompson1 at GOV.NU.CA
Fri Jun 21 16:07:46 UTC 2013

Hi Annalisa,

Our Code of Conduct can be seen here:  https://community.icann.org/display/NARALO/RALO+Organising+Documents.

Our Chair can add conditions to re-instatement before a person is allowed back on the list.  This particular case was discussed with the ALAC Chair as well as the NARALO leadership and this course was accepted.  The Code of Conduct is a document that was agreed to by the NARALO.  This action was also not taken upon just one instance of a violation of the Code of Conduct.  This was the third time showing a pattern of abuse.  Garth really did not want to take this action because of the perception of a "rival to his position" being silenced.  However, as Chair, he did have to take action because this was about abuse of our members.

Please note, very clearly, that EBW was NOT an election candidate.  He was asked on many occasions to submit three lines of type that would have served as his SOI to become an individual member of the NARALO.  At no time did he do this.  This was his choice.  Please see our Rules of Procedure (in the link above), paragraph 16 that clearly states what is necessary.

As Secretariat, I have to keep the lines of communication open so that is why I am responding to your e-mail - to point you to the relevant documentation and to inform on the process that our region follows.  If you disagree with the reasoning herein - then that would require a change to either our Code of Conduct or our Rules of Procedure.  If anybody feels that this should be done, then please quote the section of either document that you do not agree with and put it out to the region as a general discussion.

Thank you,


Darlene A. Thompson
Community Access Program Administrator
Nunavut Dept. of Education / N-CAP
P.O. Box 1000, Station 910
Iqaluit, NU  X0A 0H0
Phone:  (867) 975-5631
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E-mail:  dthompson at gov.nu.ca

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From: na-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org [mailto:na-discuss-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org] On Behalf Of Annalisa Roger
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:52 AM
To: Garth Bruen at KnujOn
Cc: ICANN At-Large Staff; Darlene Thompson; NA-Discuss
Subject: Re: [NA-Discuss] Suspension of Posting Privileges for Eric Brunner Williams

I missed the remark in question .... so while sympathetic to those who feel unhappy about it, I wish to ask if an individual can unilaterally add an "apology" policy as a condition to the greater list policies?  Is the apology condition part of the existing rules?  I ask this because this part of the condition put forth to to EBW to be allowed to re-enlist appears to have been created not by a consensus of the NARALO body, but by the individual who feels wronged.  This is my perception as a list reader who is the acting representative member of SFBay ISOC, an ALS.  I also am very uncomfortable with the fact that an election candidate has been silenced from the list.  Voting members have now been affected.
On Jun 19, 2013 8:01 AM, "Garth Bruen" <gbruen at knujon.com> wrote:

> Staff,
> As Chair of NARALO I am requesting that Eric Brunner Williams, for 
> violating the Rules of Conduct be suspended from posting the NARALO 
> mailing list and WIKI immediately. Any additional postings from Eric 
> Brunner Williams following this notice must be deleted by staff.
> On March 05, 2013 Eric Brunner Williams submitted a disparaging 
> Ad-Hominem attack against a member of another constituency. This 
> resulted in a complaint to the ALAC Chair and removal of the post. The 
> NARALO Chair twice requested that Eric Brunner Williams apologize to the aggrieved party. Mr.
> Williams has neither acknowledged or complied with this request. I 
> have received additional complaints from the community and must 
> recognize this as a "pattern of abuse."
> I am requesting that the NARALO Secretary witness this.
> Eric Brunner Williams may be allowed to re-join the NARALO list under 
> the following conditions:
> 1. He apologizes for the March 05, 2013 comment to the aggrieved 
> party, CC'ing the Chair and Secretary 2. He re-apply for unaffiliated 
> NARALO membership following the proper procedures 3. The region review 
> this case and reach a consensus
> Any questions or concerns can be submitted to me. I cannot re-post the 
> offending remark but will explain the situation privately upon request.
> As stated in our Rules of Conduct, membership may be suspended for:
> "Unprofessional commentary, regardless of the general subject"
> " Postings that are libelous, knowingly false, ad-hominem, or 
> misrepresents another person"
> The ROC further states:
> "The NARALO Chair is empowered to suspend or restrict a person's 
> posting rights when the content that person has posted is 
> inappropriate and represents a pattern of abuse. The Chair defines and 
> determines what is inappropriate content on a case-by-case basis."
> And:
> "If the Chair suspends posting rights or deletes a comment or link, he 
> will say so and explain why"
> Full document is here:
> https://community.icann.org/download/attachments/2264679/NA-2007-1-2+N
> Code+of+Conduct+-+EN.pdf
> Respectfully, Garth Bruen
> -------------------------------------
> Garth Bruen
> gbruen at knujon.com
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