[ppml] Proposal: make Abuse Handle *REQUIRED* for AS Registration

sigma at smx.pair.com sigma at smx.pair.com
Thu Jul 24 10:08:07 EDT 2003

> Why shouldn't we make Abuse handles REQUIRED for new IP Registrations?

The AC discussed this issue in the context of policy proposals 2003-1 and
2003-2.  The argument against not requiring the handle is the belief that
it will be no better maintained or utilized than any existing data.
Certainly any organization which staffs an abuse role separately from the
tech role can use the abuse contact and benefit from the separation of
tasks which that theoretically provides.  For every other organization, the
extra listing would just be redundant clutter.

> If every AS and IP Whois record had an abuse@ or security@ mailbox the
> Internet would be a MUCH safer place.

No, it would be the same Internet we already have.  If abuse@ goes to the
same place as the tech contact, then nothing has been gained.  In many
organizations, there is no separate person or staff to handle an
abuse/security function.


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