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

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Sat Jun 22 01:05:16 UTC 2013

Dear all,

as Chair of the ALAC, I am always concerned about a breaking of the
inclusive atmosphere in any part of our community.

One such cause is the writing of ad-hominem accusations on the list.
This ends up being archived, picked up by search engines and ultimately
makes everybody look bad.
I too am sad that it had to come to this - but we are all grown up
people here and we do not need to pick at each other personally. I
understand sometimes that debates and discussions can get out of hand.
But offending other people is not the way that we'll manage to better
channel the points of view of Internet users into the ICANN process -
and it is not the way we'll encourage more people to get involved and to
contribute, because a hostile atmosphere will scare them away.
For this reason, Garth had my full support for his actions that he had
to take as NARALO Chair.

If Eric feels he has been unfairly treated, the Ombudsman is indeed a
possible avenue for appeal.

Best regards,

Olivier Crépin-Leblond
ALAC Chair

On 21/06/2013 17:07, Thompson, Darlene wrote:
> 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.

Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, PhD

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