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Re: [ga] Another lawsuit against ICANN, to stop WLS

  • To: "Michael D. Palage" <michael@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Another lawsuit against ICANN, to stop WLS
  • From: Sotiris Sotiropoulos <sotiris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 02:51:26 -0400
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Michael D. Palage wrote:


Although we didn't get a chance to meet in Montreal, I believe that your
contributions in providing people not able to attend in person a "voice" at
the microphone was very constructive. I guess that is why I am a little
confused at your comments toward Mary. Although you may have only meant it
as a joke, I would hope you would use better discretion in the future.

In truth, I was joking.. hence the ;-) (wink). Though she is a looker... :-)

You are correct that under the current WLS implementation plan there is no refund for an unsuccessful Back-Order, however, under the current implementation there is the ability to switch an unsuccessful Back-Order request to another domain at no cost (I believe up to five times).

But, sooner or later, there is a cost as there is no refund at any point if one does not get the desired domain name. Perhaps the more appropriate response on Mary's behalf would have been "I am not familiar with the details of the implementation of the WLS". But hindsight is 20/20...

it is possible that Mary did not fully understand these nuisances, it is
equally probably that the reporter misquoted her. As someone that has been
misquoted by the press on more than one occasion this is a possibility. I am
sure ICANN staff will follow-up to address any potential misconceptions.

I also found it interesting to note that the reporter talked about "an
agreement with ICANN, [by which] VeriSign keeps track of the registered
owners of domain names that end in .com, .net, .tv and .cc." The only
contractual relationships that ICANN has with VeriSign is in connection with
the .com and .net TLDs.

Although I have had minimum opportunity to interact with Mary during my
previous involvement with ICANN over the years, I have found her to be a
valuable resource in keeping Directors abreast of global coverage in
connection with matters involving ICANN. So although I agree Mary was
probably not hired for her technical savvy to run a root server, she has
used her intellect to undertake a job some people would say is impossible.

Ha! That's a good point.

I do not consider myself to be a politically correct person, but somehow it just did not seem right for ICANN staff that are only trying to do their job to be on the receiving end of your comment. I also believe that the comment was demeaning toward the other ICANN female staff which I hold in high regard.

I did not intend to insult ICANN female staff. I thought the comment was rather 'thick' and expressed a half-joke in response, which in retrospect would have been more appropriate offlist.

ICANN Directors on the other hand are fair game - flame away :-)

Let me apologize for the comment and put an end to this matter right here.

Sorry to have ruffled any feathers.

Be Well,

Sotiris Sotiropoulos

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
    --Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

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