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[AfriNIC-rpd] About the policy BOF

Tue May 8 07:10:50 UTC 2007

I¹m almost sure that in none of the regions (including APNIC) the consensus
is measured as a %.

In fact, I've my doubts about the "fairness" of the consensus when I
compare, even in the same region, even the same co-chairs, how different
policies are "evaluated" for having reached consensus or not. I know we
should not "count" votes, but sometimes I'm feeling that it will be the best
way to go.


De: McTim <dogwallah at>
Responder a: <dogwallah at>
Fecha: Tue, 8 May 2007 09:49:31 +0300
Para: AfriNIC Resource Policy Discussion List <rpd at>
CC: <jordi.palet at>
Asunto: Re: [AfriNIC-rpd] About the policy BOF

Hi Vincent,

On 5/8/07, Vincent Ngundi <vincent at> wrote:

I agree with you on all of your (elided) points above
> (b) I also think we should come up with a more explicit  way of
> measuring consensus at the open public policy meetings.


> This is
> clearly important and is not well addressed in the current PDP.
> Should we measure consensus as a percentage, say 75%, of the total
> number of members who vote in favour of a certain policy proposal?
> Some registries, like APNIC, use a percentage to measure consensus
> and I think this would be a nice idea.

I wasn't aware that APNIC did this, perhaps it's becasue culturally it seems
they have the same issue we do (non-participation by all but a handful of

I would like to see at least training on consensus finding for the WG
chairs, IIRC they did this in the RIPE region few years back.

I'm not sure that voting and setting a hard number (percentage) is the way
to go, but I'm willing to keep an open mind on it.


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