[ga] Task Forces and Working Groups
Since there have been some discussions recently on starting a
Working Group on the deleted domains issue, a word on how we are
planning to handle such requests may seem in order.
Basically, two situations can occur:
1. Some topic is being discussed all over the DNSO, and
constituencies want to achieve some consensus. The current
method of approaching this is that the Names Council starts a
Task Force. If constituencies agree on this, there's not much
the GA can do about it - in particular, we can't draw the
constituencies to some open working group against their own will.
In such Task Forces, the GA will be represented, and - as we said
in our "thank you" posting - we'll ask the GA representative to
the Task Force to regularly report on the happenings in that TF
to the main GA list. If someone feels a need to provide further
input on the topic of the particular TF (or to discuss it), the
GA list wil be a good place for such discussions, and the GA rep
to the TF should transport the arguments and results from such
discussions to the Task Force.
If required by the traffic generated, the GA could easily set up
a "separate mirror WG" on that topic, which accompanies the Names
Council task force.
2. Some topic may be intensively debated on the GA list itself.
There's nothing wrong about this, and we'd generally like to ask
those who discuss it to just keep their discussions on the GA
list. After all, that's what the list was made for.
If too much traffic is generated, such discussions can and should
be moved off the main GA list, and we'd certainly like to help
you to create such a list. Whether you call it a special
interest mailing list or a "DNSO GA WG" is up to you. ;-)
Of course, all this says nothing about what position we take in the
general Working-Group-vs-Task-Force controversy.
Frankly, we don't know which method is more efficient. Both have
their up- and downsides. Maybe there's another model which is
better than both.
For this reason, we'll try to organize some discussion on this for
the GA's Accra physical meeting. However, this is still in the most
early planning and drafting stage, so we don't promise anything
special yet - except that we are aware of the issue, and will try to
get some clarification on it.
Finally, how does this apply to the domain deletions issue? For the
moment, we'd ask that the discussion remains on the main GA list,
and that discussions on whether to form a working group or not are
suspended. If extensive discussions on deletions continue, and if
they become a problem for other discussions, we can still move them
elsewhere. As they say on Usenet: Show traffic, get group.
Thomas & Alexander
Thomas Roessler http://log.does-not-exist.org/
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