Hello, I am posting this thread to invite my fellow candidates to engage here on the Acorn Forum and I have also posted this on Nominet's Forum. Specifically, I will be addressing the Questions that were put to candidates in the Question and Answer Webinar. I know many of you here are pretty fed up about Nominet at the moment, and just want to get on with the business of buying or selling domains. If so, I don't assume you'll follow this thread. But at least I am out here, speaking to you. Some of you will vote for me, some will not, and some may not want to vote at all. But I am here. Unlike any of the other candidates so far. First of all, a few comments. The directions for this election made clear that participation in their Q&A was completely optional, and I chose not to participate. I am running my campaign on my own agenda and chosen platforms. One of the reasons I chose to do things differently was to accentuate my difference as a candidate who does not just go along with Nominet's preferred options, and is willing to take a more oppositional position when I choose to. Secondly, I approach issues of UK namespace governance thoughtfully and in depth, and I felt 2 minutes 'on the spot' would result in some superficial responses. I was right about that. I did offer the possibility of taking part if I was given 24 hours' notice of the questions, but that was declined, which was fine by me. I have made clear that I will indeed take part, but on my own terms, and I shall be publishing my answers to all the questions (a) on the Nominet forum (b) here on the Acorn forum where far more people take part (because in all honesty, this Nominet forum is pretty moribund), and (c) on my own website at Susannah.uk - which means that my answers will be publicly accessible, out in the open, and easier for all members to see. That raises another point. For many days, until someone mentioned that the Q&A webinar had been 'released', I was unaware, because the notification of this was posted like a footnote at the bottom of an email on an entirely different subject. Furthermore, if anyone wants to view the webinar, they have to go to the trouble of emailing a request for a password, wait for that, and only then access the webinar to see what the other 5 candidates’ views were. Personally I think that is an ill-judged process, because it gives the impression that Nominet is tucking this webinar away, behind a 'firewall', and doesn't want lots of people viewing it, because maybe they are ashamed by the weakness of some of the answers and the poor corporate image that is projected? I see no reason why Nominet cannot take an open approach and make it directly accessible for anyone to view, just as the original candidate presentations can be viewed without a password. Anyway, my own answers are going to be a simple click away, on multiple platforms, and in addition - although I will not reproduce the webinar of the other 5 candidates, I will, in a journalistic sense, report on it, analyse it, and quote extracts from a very small percentage of the other candidates' comments, mostly indirectly. I simply don't buy into the cloak and dagger stuff (as I view it). I want our positions on things to be openly accessible, and I will assist in that process. Finally, as a candidate, I am here. An invitation to my fellow candidates: come and engage with me here, or on the Nominet forum. It would be great if you would engage, and frankly I think it is a shame if I am the only candidate who does. I welcome your comments on anything I post, and for that reason I will probably post one Q&A answer a day to allow time for each answer to be commented on. It is likely I will restrict my own replies to fellow candidates if they participate, as my posts will be pretty lengthy anyway and I don't want this thread getting convoluted or set myself up for wreckers (certainly not the bizarre antics of one certain gentleman who paid us a visit recently). Anyone who wants to quote anything I say on their own platforms is very welcome to do so - no need to ask permission. I will begin with a report and analysis on the webinar itself which I have now watched. One advantage of doing the Q&A my own way is that I am able to interact dynamically with what my fellow candidates had to say. I think that is an advantage. It's up to them if they want to interact back.