[ARIN-consult] PDP Consultation Reminder

Jimmy Hess mysidia at gmail.com
Thu Jun 28 01:44:13 EDT 2012

On 6/27/12, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
> I'm fine with requiring a supermajority, but unanimity likely renders
> the process useless.

Supermajority is problematic.   Actually, even unanimity of a small
committee is not a sufficient safeguard.  The NRPM is a policy
document; there is really no such thing as an "editorial" change to
such a document that does not effect multiple people's interpretation
of the policy.

We've already seen cases where ARIN staff and others have interpreted policies
in ways the community didn't intend.    If the change were really
"editorial";  it would be an unnecessary change.

If the change is only unnecessary or aesthetic, then it is not a major
downside if the change is delayed.

All changes should find community consensus before they are allowed.

Providing backdoors to allow community developed policies to be
quietly  "editorially" revised  in a manner to reinforce or "clarify"
someone's interpretation into policy that might be inconsistent with
the community's wishes  is a really bad idea.

> Owen

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