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[rpd] Softlanding-Bis decision appeal

Eben Erasmus eben at
Fri Dec 1 12:40:10 UTC 2017

Good day,


Please add my name to the list of appellants




Eben Erasmus


From: Andrew Alston [mailto:Andrew.Alston at] 
Sent: Friday, 01 December 2017 10:20 AM
To: Afrinic RPD <rpd at>
Subject: [rpd] Softlanding-Bis decision appeal


Hi All,


Considering the decision to take the soft-landing bis policy into last call
yesterday - the following individuals wish to state that we are officially
appealing the decision by the co-chairs in this regard:


Ben Maddison

Andrew Alston

Mark Elkins

Christopher Mwangi


Over the last 2 years there have been sustained and unaddressed objections
to this policy.  There have been multiple requests by this community to
withdraw this policy.  There was a statement by the authors in Mauritius
that the policy would be withdrawn that was reneged.  The list archives
clearly show that there was - and remains opposition to this policy.  The
rules of the PDP are clear - consensus is not based on what is said at the
floor of the meeting alone, but is derived from the sum total of comments
and objections both on the floor and the lists - and includes any objections
that are sustained and unaddressed.


While we are happy to engage with the chairs on this issue in the public
forum that is this list - we also see little hope of resolution without
going to the formal appeal committee should the chairs not decide to reverse
their decision, which we believe was taken in error.  


We also welcome any other individuals who wish to add their names to this
appeal - and note that individuals wishing to do so, by the appeal process,
are free to join the appeal process irrespective of their comments or lack
of comments on the policy to date - since the appeal surrounds procedural
error - rather than the content of the specific policy itself.


Further emails will follow in due course detailing the objections raised on
the list and the floor of previous meetings that have never been addressed,
and we will clearly demonstrate the error that was made in the consensus


Further to this - any of the appellants reserve the right  to continue to
contribute during the last call for the duration of the appeal and may
continue to state their objections during the last call - so that in the
event of this appeal failing - and consensus in last call being declared -
the ground work is laid for a second appeal.


Yours Sincerely


Andrew Alston



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