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[gnso-irtp-b-jun09] RE: For review - IRTP Part B Public Comment Announcement

  • To: Marika Konings <marika.konings@xxxxxxxxx>, "Gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx" <Gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: [gnso-irtp-b-jun09] RE: For review - IRTP Part B Public Comment Announcement
  • From: "Michele Neylon :: Blacknight" <michele@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 10:52:55 +0100


Thanks for reposting this

My main concern with ANY public comment period is that if the language is not 
clear and accessible it's not "public". 

It's very easy for the ICANN community to say that everything is public, but 
language, jargon and overly complex syntax create barriers to participation 
just as effectively as anything else

Language and its usage can put up barriers between end users who we are 
supposedly trying to help and those of us who are in a position to evaluate 

With that in mind ...

Could we add a small section towards the top of the document ie. so it's the 
first bit that people read

Something along the lines of:

"We want to know if people are having problems with the current domain transfer 

Yes - of course we're asking specific questions, but the first question points 
someone to not one, but two external links. 

What exactly is a GNSO Council?

What exactly is a GNSO consensus policy?

People on this list know, but a normal member of the public may find such 
terminology in the first part of a document quite offputting. I'm not saying 
that they shouldn't be there, however it would be helpful if there was a simple 
explanation or equivalent explanation in either parentheses or in a sub-clause 
(ie.between commas)

The other question that I feel has to be asked, why isn't the basic question / 
request for comment available (even unofficially) in a language other than 
English? Even if the GNSO officially communicates in English it is dealing with 
issues that affect millions of non-English speakers. 



Mr Michele Neylon
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From: owner-gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx [owner-gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of Marika Konings [marika.konings@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: 02 September 2009 10:12
To: Gnso-irtp-b-jun09@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: [gnso-irtp-b-jun09] For review - IRTP Part B Public Comment 

Dear All,

As discussed on our call yesterday, please find attached for your review the 
proposed IRTP Part B Public Comment Announcement Text. Note that this is the 
same version that was sent out last week. Please send your comments / edits to 
the mailing list at the latest by COB on Friday 4 September. If no substantial 
changes are proposed, the public comment forum will be opened in the beginning 
of next week.

With best regards,


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