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The DNS is both one of the most simple and most complex issues on the Internet. The structure and operation of the DNS is fairly trivial, but the issues it raises are extremely complex with ramifications that are global in nature.

The goal is to let everybody who is interested in a certain aspect of the DNS contribute where then can, or want to, without getting bogged down in details of, say, tort law or MX records, and to define the issues and build consensus.

Here is a proposed structure that attempts to foster these goals.

There are four mailing lists: DOMAIN-POLICY, TECH, LEGAL and ADMIN.

DOMAIN-POLICY is the top of the pyramid and serves as the clearing house for issues and questions. These are taken in by this list and dispatched to one of the other three lists. who will discuss the issue raised and reach a consensual resulotution. This resolution will then be passed to the other lists for comment and when all three (LEGAL, TECH, ADMIN) agree to the conclusion, it becomes official DOMAIN-POLICY and will be documented as such.

The three groups must agree. Until they do the issue is pending.

This is the structure by which the issues can be divided so that, say, lawyers don't have to hear about MX records and wire-heads don't have to hear about tradematk dilution if they don't want to. People may subscribe to as many or as few lists as they please.

To solve the problem of flaming, off topic posts, general ranting and raving and ad hominem attacks any new subscribers to the list must agree to the rules of constructive engagement.

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The open-rsc is a project by, of and for the Internet community.

If you have comments on any aspect of this project, you can either send them to everybody involved by sending mail to domain-policy@open-rsc.org, or, if you want to send mail just to the webmaster, send mail to webmaster@open-rsc.org

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