Re: [ga] Substance over rhetoric - a constructive challenge
Thank you for your thoughtful response.
We clearly disagree.
At 09:22 AM 3/18/2002 -0800, Mike Roberts wrote:
>At 9:41 AM -0600 3/18/02, Kristy McKee wrote:
>>Vint, I appreciate you taking the time to write; however you have added
>>nothing to our conversation and have not even attempted to answer the
>>Only your private little group believes the At Large was a one time
>>thing. No one in the general public has that understanding.
>This is clearly incorrect, and well documented in press reports after
>Cairo, the registration website, numerous emails, and numerous public
>statements by me, other Board members, Andrew and other staff members.
>The system was built on a shoestring, operated by an incredibly overworked
>and loyal contract project manager on a $200,000 budget, of which over
>$100,000 went into postal charges for the pin letters. It was a one off
>system held together by bailing wire. The alternative would have been no
>election at all in 2000. The statement in the pin letters "keep this
>letter" which went on to explain that the membership account could not be
>activated without the enclosed pin, was to try to ensure that people did
>not toss the letter and then find themselves unable to activate and vote.
>Despite this warning, lots of people did toss the letter and did not get a
>replacement pin in time to vote. None of this sequence of communications
>was ever characterized as including any activities, rights or privileges
>after the conclusion of the vote.
>Beyond the issue of historical revisionism, dredging this stuff up serves
>no purpose at this time. The Board has clearly stated in its Accra
>"Whereas, the Board wishes to move forward with energy and enthusiasm to
>build a meaningful structure for informed participation by the full range
>of Internet users, and seeks avenues to achieve these objectives that are
>bottom-up, self-organized, and self-sustaining;"
>The phrase " bottom-up, self-organized, and self-sustaining" means
>exactly that. If At Large can not demonstrate substantial progress toward
>that goal in the next several months, then the death sentence for an At
>Large organization with representation on the ICANN Board will undoubtedly
>be carried out.
>Due to Joop's hard work and the encouragement of lots of others, we have a
>nucleus AL organization. Let's build on that base, making necessary
>changes as we go.
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