Quite naturally, the release by the auDA 2015 Names Policy Panel of their draft recommendations (about the use and allocation of .au domain names) has provoked a firestorm of comments on forums and blogs.
Some people have even questioned the morals, ethics, intelligence and allegiances of the Panel members in arriving at these draft recommendations.
As a Panel member, I find that particulary unfair and uninformed. Obviously I cannot comment on internal Panel machinations and discussions, but if you think we are all “yes men and women”, and that there is some great conspiracy going on, then you are wrong.
For a start, we are all doing this on a voluntary basis (i.e. we don’t get paid for the many hours we put into this). All types of stakeholders are represented, and a lot of us have different opinions on some things. But what we have in common is that we’re all passionate about the future of the .au space.
Our role is to operate under our “Terms of Reference“. We are not the final decision makers either. The auDA Board is.
If you also think that certain recommendations made in the latest draft are guaranteed to be approved, then I will respectfully tell you that you don’t understand the process. (And just by the way, I wasn’t at last meeting when these were discussed – I was in India).
Please read the Executive Summary of the draft recommendations again – particularly the last paragraph on page one. Underlining is mine.
Importantly,the recommendations set out in this paper are in draft form. They are not set in stone, and the Panel will take into account the comments it receives through this consultation process, before finalising its recommendations to the auDA Board.
This is not about us (Panel members) – it’s about you. That’s why the process is called “Public Consultation”!
The more people that actually put their point of view across via a written submission or survey response, the easier it will be for the Panel to arrive at an informed set of final recommendations.
Everything to date is interim. This is a marathon, not a sprint. 🙂
- I am a member of the Names Policy Panel, and I’ve attended every panel meeting this year – except for the last meeting on 6th August when these draft recommendations were formulated (I was in India).
- I am also a domainer / domain investor with a substantial portfolio of com.au domain names.