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[registrars] Reaching decisions.
I am greatly concerned that this WG is bogged down, has gone astray or,
better, been led astray.
I'd like to give you a bit of CORE history. Early on, there was a lot of
traffic and acrimony over the issue of whether our contributions to CORE
should be thought of "dues" to CORE or should be advances against that
happy day when they would applied to purchasing registrations units
(RCUs). If you listened to the posting, you would have thought that 75% of
the members were in favor of charging *all* contributions off as dues.
I was among those who could see that it would favor a small number of very
large CORE members against the smaller, geographically diverse members. I
pressed for a vote, finally got agreement to the content of the ballot.
There were to be three options:
1. No credit against registrations (all attributed to dues).
2. 50% registrations, 50% dues.
3. 100% to be allocated to advances against future registrations.
When it was all over, only 3 members voted for option 1, only 12% were
making all the noise.
The following is a summary of the Votebot on this issue:
Started: 01/06/1998 Ended: 01/10/1998
a) No credit against registrations. 3
b) 50% credit against registrations. 7
c) All contributions are to be advances against registrations 15
I now therefore make the following proposal for a Votebot on the issues
proposed by Jonathan in his "Straw ballot". I don't think I've heard any
strong support for Option 3, but it could be included in the Votebot.
 Option 1
 Option 2
 Option 3
 Option 1, monitor results, increase gTLDs if results of initial
gTLD delegations do not cause adverse effects.
I further propose that if we don't bring this issue to a vote, we discharge
WG-C with a round of thanks to our Co-Chairs for giving us the best that
they could considering the divergent views, hidden agendas and axes being
I close with a bit of wisdom from a former boss, Ulric B. Bray. We have
too many "expert opinions", we need a test.
In all sincerity,
"One test is worth three expert opinions!"
Ulric B. Bray