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Username: InternetAdvocate
Date/Time: Mon, June 4, 2001 at 11:13 PM GMT
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Subject: Acceptable Use Policy for all ICANN forums.


Acceptable Use Policy
The ICANN Public Comment Forum is designed to allow members of the global Internet community to communicate online with each other, and with the ICANN Board of Directors and staff, about issues of relevance to ICANN's activities. ICANN regularly posts proposals and recommendations for public review and comment; the Public Comment Forum provides an open, web-based threaded messaging mechanism by which participants can post, review, and respond to public comments.
Accordingly, this Acceptable Use Policy is intended to foster an online environment in which members of the Internet community feel comfortable posting the views, comments, ideas, insights, and criticisms that are the essential prerequisites of a vigorous and meaningful debate on the issues.

ICANN expects that this policy will need refinement with experience, and invites comments on it. Comments should be sent to


Users of the ICANN Public Comment Forum are invited to post messages expressing their views, comments, ideas, insights, and/or criticisms relating to the subject of the Forum; at the same time, users should show courtesy and respect to others and must not abuse the Forum.


Following is a non-exclusive summary of abusive conduct that is considered unacceptable use of the ICANN Public Comment Forum:

False headers, addresses, or identities
Personal attacks, threats, slurs, or ad hominem abusive language
Commercial solicitations
More than 4 posts in a single forum in a single 24-hour period


ICANN reserves the right to enforce this Policy when, in its discretion, it concludes that an individual or entity has engaged in abusive conduct in connection with the Public Comment Forum. Upon concluding that an individual or entity has violated the Policy, ICANN may, in its discretion, remove posted messages.



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