“Moderating” the GA list?

The Evolution and Reform Committee’s blueprint for ICANN reform calls for a “moderated” GA. It’s not entirely clear what this means, but the objectives are laid out reasonably clear: The GNSO GA exists for the exchange of information and ideas, th…

The Evolution and Reform Committee’s blueprint for ICANN reform calls for a “moderated” GA. It’s not entirely clear what this means, but the objectives are laid out reasonably clear: The GNSO GA exists for the exchange of information and ideas, the discussion of particular issues, and as a resource for the creation under the direction of the GNSO Council of working groups, drafting committees, and task forces. The GNSO GA is not a forum for making decisions or recommendations, or taking formal positions. As such, the GNSO GA should take no votes, although working groups under the direction of the GNSO Council can provide advice as a group. To encourage informed discussion free from personal attacks and undue disruption, the GNSO GA shall only support moderated electronic discussion lists and forums (in which all interested individuals and groups can participate). Those interested in participating in unmoderated lists can do so in other fora, not under the auspices of the GNSO GA. While I agree with the part on votes, I’m not so sure about the approach to take for managing the list’s discussions. One possible approach I’d like to see tried is in this posting I sent to the GA list earlier today.