[NA-Discuss] I'm voting against changes to the NARALO Rules

Evan Leibovitch evan at telly.org
Tue Sep 13 08:41:52 UTC 2022

There are so, so many things wrong with these changes

The one that stands out is the proposed extension of terms and term limits.
We ought to be keeping terms short to prevent stagnation and encourage
newer participants to get involved in leadership. Extending terms and term
limits just ensures that the same small group of people stay at the top;
this inhibits engagement. There are multiple examples of this.

There are numerous other bad changes proposed, as well as a slew of
change-for-the-sake-of-change cosmetic edits (ie, changing "full"  to

And don't even get me started about the insanity of the proposed
participation standards. I have maintained for decades that we should be
generous about who we admit and stingy about who we kick out. These new
"standards"  just serve to further limit the reach of ICANN At-Large to the
groups and people who are able to invest substantial time to learn its

This decision isn't the end of the world one way or the other. But since
we're given a choice to ratify or not, I suggest not. The existing rules
have served well and any changes needed should be minor tweaks at best.

The proposed changes represent a regression.

Evan Leibovitch, Toronto Canada
@evanleibovitch / @el56
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