We need a clear, documented path for these decisions. I'm all for discussions in the forums but if we want to get this project going we have a zillion of these decisions to make. Many, perhaps even most of them it won't matter which we decide as long as we decide and act. But for some of them it will matter.
We need clear, documented governance and decision making processes.
In my opinion power needs to rest with the paying .LRN members but authority to make decisions needs to be deligated in a transparent and legitimate manner.
Paying members (organizations) elect the board. The board elects/appoints by majority a technical team. The board has a voting procueedure like the OCT's. The board can ask for nonbindng advice from he technical committee. A certian number of paying members can veto a board decision. Maybe the board elects a webmaster or two for the .LRN site and they can make automous decisions like this one, and the board can veto if they don't like it.
Personally I like veto as a tool in these types of organizations. It gives people the abiltiy to make a decision and know if it really isn't what the elected goverance wants then they can stop them. It lets people act in a "ask forgiveness rather then seek permission/concenus" mode. That promotes action.
My advice to .LRN is write up some rules. Delegate down. Enforce transparency. Give the level above Veto. Create a clear terms of service and proceedures as to how new people are appointed/elected/hired to positions.