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Re: [opennic-discuss] VOTE: Amendments to .o Charter and Operational Policies

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  • From: David Vargas-Alvarez <davidvargas1 AT>
  • To: discuss AT
  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] VOTE: Amendments to .o Charter and Operational Policies
  • Date: Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:28:13 +0000 (GMT)

I see no problems with the interpretation: Here is the copy and paste from the document.
  My vote is:  No TO  amendments. OpenNic always been a  real democratic FRONT AND status for DNS. Not like ICANN.

OpenNIC (Open Network Information Center) is a user-owned and user-controlled community service offering a democratic, non-national alternative to traditional top-level domain (TLD) registries. Users of OpenNIC DNS servers, in addition to resolving host names in the legacy US-controlled DNS (administered by ICANN), can also resolve host names in OpenNIC operated namespaces as well as in namespaces with which we have peering agreements. OpenNIC accepts for membership anyone who can use a computer and who chooses to use the services offered by OpenNIC.

On Feb 05, 2017, at 08:31 AM, Jonah Aragon <jonaharagon AT> wrote:

At the beginning of the .o charter it clearly states: "“Members” in this charter refers to owners of .o domains and not OpenNIC members unless otherwise noted."

I'm not sure how that could be misconstrued.


On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 6:15 PM mk <mk AT> wrote:

That's not correct. As per the OpenNIC charter "changes to peering arrangements,
introduction of new TLDs, and **policy/charter amendments** will be presented
for discussion, then voted upon by the appropriate membership category."

There are 3 membership categories:
- general member
- administrator
- maintainer

"A general member is anyone who uses the services offered by OpenNIC." This means
holders of *any* domain name, and even users that only use the DNS servers, and
have no OpenNIC domains. ALL members can vote on ANY TLD; not only persons
that hold a, in this instance, .o domain.

OpenNIC charter:

On 04/02/2017 18:04, Jonah Aragon wrote:
Re Amendment 2: I apologize for the misprint on the charter regarding domain pricing, it seems I pasted in an earlier revision of the charter that included that wording. The official charter does indeed state domains will remain free in perpetuity, and we had no intention of raising prices ever.  I will update the website soon with the correct wording. This amendment isn't necessary.

Re Amendment 1: The terminology "members" in the situation you've posed refers to domain holders (i.e. persons who hold an .o domain), not the OpenNIC community. We require the ability to veto such votes so as not to create instability. On the page you referenced ( this is stated quite clearly: "All OpenNIC TLDs must be governed democratically, with **each domain registrant receiving a single vote**. A vote of the "membership" of a TLD is always binding. Therefore, an OpenNIC TLD does not belong to any one person or group, but rather to the community of its users." Clearly it in no way refers to OpenNIC decisions as a whole.

The OpenNIC community at large has voted in favor of my charter overwhelmingly, after making some changes when it was originally up for discussion. I believe it's well written and requires no changes: I vote NO on all aforementioned proposals.

Additionally, all policies are de facto valid under current OpenNIC policies, as the OpenNIC community voted in favor of the charter, effectively making it an official policy in the community. 

Hopefully this clears things up for everybody,

ModernTLD Administrator

On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 11:43 AM <mk AT> wrote:
Hello friends,
I has come to my attention that some elements of the .o charter is not inline
with the OpenNIC charter. I think this would be best resolved by voting
some amendments that solve my concerns.

--Amendment 1--
To remove the clause "The mTLD administration holds the right to veto any
votes, in order to retain control of .o operation." from the .o
Organizational Policies document.

Explanation: This clause is in direct violation of the "Registering a new TLD"
policy, where it is stated that you can only manage a TLD "if you are willing
manage a TLD which will always be subject to any **binding** vote of the
OpenNIC membership."


--Amendment 2--
To remove the clause "All registrations will be available for free after
approval, however, the modernTLD administration holds the right to raise
as needed to cover operating costs" from the .o charter, and replace it with
clause "All registrations are and will remain available for free"

Explanation: As per the OpenNIC charter, its mission is "to offer **free**/
access to DNS services to everyone by establishing new domain hierarchies."
It also "encourages the establishment of non-revenue-generating domain


With this the discussion period of 7 days begins.

Voting shall begin at 18:00 UTC Saturday 11th February 2017.
Voting shall end at 18:00 UTC Saturday 18th February 2017.

Please vote YES/NO during this period for each of the amendments.

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