DNSO General Assembly
Rules of order for the mailing lists of the General Assembly of the DNSO

17 January 2000


Version 0.2 - basis of GA opinion poll

The General Assembly (GA) is defined as follows:

[quote from the DNSO documents at http://www.dnso.org/]


(a) The GA shall be an open forum for participation in the work of the DNSO, and open to all who are willing to contribute effort to the work of the DNSO. The participants in the GA should be individuals who have a knowledge of and an interest in issues pertaining to the areas for which the DNSO has primary responsibility, and who are willing to contribute time, effort and expertise to the work of the DNSO, including work item proposal and development, discussion of work items, draft document preparation, and participation in research and drafting committees and working groups.

(b) The GA shall meet at least once a year, if possible in conjunction with regularly scheduled meetings of the Board. To the maximum extent practicable, all meetings should be available for online attendance as well as physical attendance.

(c) The costs of GA meetings shall be the responsibility of the DNSO, which may levy an equitable, cost-based fee on GA attendees to recoup those costs. There shall be no other fees required to participate in the GA.

(d) The GA shall nominate, pursuant to procedures adopted by the NC and approved by the Board, persons to serve on the Board in those seats reserved for the DNSO.

For purposes of its internal operation, the General Assembly maintains mailing lists.

These are as follows:

Both lists are open for subscription by any E-mail address.

Both lists are archived.

The membership of the lists is not made public.

The announce list is available for official pronouncements only.

The ga list is open for mail from any subscribed members, subject to constraints given below.

The purpose of the GA list is to allow discussion between GA members on GA matters. It is not itself a decision-making body.

Note: Neither list claims to be an authoritiative listing of the members of the GA, but when a mail is sent to the announce list, it is considered to be published to the GA membership.


The following entities have the right to post to the GA mailing list:

The following rules apply to content of messages on the GA list:

Certain persons appointed by the GA Chair (the Sergeants-At-Arms) have the task of monitoring the list for posts that violate these rules. These are selected by the GA Chair for a given period of time, but may be removed from the role by the GA Chair or at their own request at any time. Normally the appointment would be for 1 year.

A Sergeant-At-Arms may impose 2 sanctions against offenders:

Both sanctions are imposed for a limited period of time (typically 2 weeks), and are announced on the mailing list. Repeat offenders may get correspondingly longer sentences (for instance 4 weeks for a second offense, 8 weeks for a third). The period is decided by the sergeant-at-arms.

Note that due to technical issues, monitoring one member's postings may cause monitoring to be applied to other members' posts. This is to be avoided as far as possible.

The action of the sergeant-at-arms may be appealed to the GA Chair.


The rules above refer to members posting using the email address (singular) by which they are known. This assumes that an email address belongs to a person, and that it can be verified that two email addresses belong to different persons.

Given the properties of the E-mail environment, this is not trivial. Hence, the following method is applied:


There exists an open list that can be subscribed to: ga-unfiltered@dnso.org. This will get *all* mail sent to ga@dnso.org, no restrictions (except for possibly technical restrictions like message size or size of header). It will be archived by the DNSO.

Public access to the archive will be granted as much as possible; there may be legal reasons (e.g. rules against republication of slander) that require closing some parts of the archive.

The existence of this list will make it possible to have independent verification of what the filtering function does.


Addresses are removed from the mailing list if:

These matters are handled by the list maintainers, and no notification is done. A list of addresses removed for technical reasons can be viewed at the DNSO website.

In the case of illegitimate actions that may harm the function of the list, such as denial of service attacks, the list maintainers are authorized to take appropriate action. Appropriate notification of such action will be given to the list as soon as it is reasonable.

Information from:
© DNSO GA Chair and Alternate Chair