Scenarios to Consider
While answering the questions under this topic, please keep the following options in mind:
Option 1: Static Comment/Reply Periods
Thinking about the current Forum software environment which requires comments to be submitted via email, Staff drafted a recommendation in which each comment period would run for a minimum of 30 days, followed by a minimum 15-day reply cycle. Once the 1st 30-day period ended, the community would be asked not to submit any new comments, but respond (via email) to comments previously posted.
Option 2: Dynamic Comment/Reply Forum
Another option might be to operate the Public Comment Forum within a technology that supports interactive or threaded comments and replies such as this Wiki environment. There could still be a separate period at the end of a 30-day initial cycle (e.g., another two weeks) during which contributors could react to previously submitted comments, especially those inserted in the final couple of days. Practically, there may be no way to prevent a fresh new submission during this reply cycle; however, community members would be encouraged not to add new submissions, but only reply to comments previously posted. In ICANN's Wiki, powered by Confluence, the terms "Add" and "Reply" are very clearly labeled and easy to differentiate.
The following Questions appear on separate pages under this main Topic:
- Question 1-Configuration
- Question 2-Edit & Delete Options
- Question 3-Forum Registration
- Question 4-Security & Integrity
Contributions to Topic 2: Comment/Reply Cycles
Created by: Ken Bour