[ppml] Proposed Policy: IPv6 HD ratio

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Wed May 11 20:21:57 EDT 2005

Thus spake <Michael.Dillon at radianz.com>
> > Fat chance that I should be 'accused' of being an industry
> > elite...though I'm willing to own up to it if you'll write my boss
> > to tell her that, as such, I should be elevated in rank or salary.
> Maybe I should say "industry insider" then.
> > You could neither activate participation nor
> > support for the proposal.  Who's fault is that?
> That is the fault of ARIN in toto for preventing the ARIN
> membership from easily communicating with each other, and
> by not trying to broaden participation in the ARIN policy
> making process. Whether the HD ratio idea for IPv4 is good
> or bad, it just didn't get much discussion at all. There just
> aren't very many people out there looking at policy proposals
> and commenting on them.

Perhaps it's because the vast majority of people (members or not) simply
don't care enough to participate?  There's dozens of groups I'm a member of,
and I have a limited amount of time to dedicate to the few I'm really
passionate about; I figure most tech workers are the same way.

Or maybe I've become an "industry insider" without knowing it and thus have
lost my perspective.

> > As for participation.  Explain to me how a 'members list' would
> > entice any more participation than the 'ppml list' and access
> > to email addresses of all AC and BoT members?
> Well, it would allow a member to communicate directly with
> the agreggate membership rather than to the public,
> the AC or the BoT.

Any member is free to join PPML and discuss their concerns; what you seem to
be advocating is a closed discussion group smaller than what already exists.
Is there any reason we need another mailing list where anyone is allowed to
read but only a subset of people are allowed to comment?  IMHO, that's a
step backwards.

What I'd like to see is a bit different: a monthly e-newsletter sent to all
members that details what's been recently decided, what's up for discussion
on PPML, and why they might care.  At the bottom put a reminder of how they
can review the archives and contribute if desired.


Stephen Sprunk      "Those people who think they know everything
CCIE #3723         are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
K5SSS                                             --Isaac Asimov

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