The more I go through this process, especially the face to face meetings with Nominet, the clearer it's becoming to me that one big problem with the consultation (but also one big reassurance, if you like) is that BECAUSE Nominet are being open about listening, seeking feedback, etc. they're simultaneously not open to "debate" in the way one normally understands the concept. Usually, if somebody proposes something they then are willing to defend it, Nominet have taken the position (so far) that everything is still fluid and open to change. Great, right? Yes, it's reassuring for sure, and probably better than them fighting tooth and nail to defend the proposal as it stands. However, the flip side of that is that when you press them about the detailed specifics of one small part of the proposal and why it has to be that way, the discussion pretty much ends there because they don't try to defend it. They just take note of your comment, and it is placed with all the other comments. I am NOT saying they ignore it - not at all - but there's no way to "score points" in this fight because it's like boxing against air - when the punch lands, there's nothing there. So by all means make your views felt. Ideally in a public venue somewhere, the more high-profile the better (or on your own blog/site because then it's clear where the comments should be attributed) - if it's in public it won't just get lumped into Nominet's "summary" at the conclusion of the exercise, and fill in the consultation, but don't expect "feedback" or "analysis" from Nominet as a result of doing so, simply because at the moment they're purely in input mode, not output. Sorry, I know this was long, but I thought it might help some people understand what's going on, especially if you were unable to attend the meetings.