[arin-ppml] 2008-6 inscrutable?

Stephen Sprunk stephen at sprunk.org
Fri Jan 2 15:25:56 EST 2009

William Herrin wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 7:18 PM, William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 2:15 PM, Member Services <info at arin.net> wrote:
>>> Policy statement:
>>> 8.4 Emergency Transfer Policy for IPv4 Addresses
>>> For a period of 3 years from policy implementation, ARIN-region number resources may be released, in whole or in part, to ARIN or another organization, by the authorized holder of the resource.
>>> Number resources may only be received under RSA, with demonstrated need, in the exact amount which they are able to justify under ARIN resource-allocation policies.
>> The language here seems labyrinthine, almost government-speak. Even knowing that this was a transfer proposal, I had to parse it phrase by phrase before I caught on that "or another organization" means you can gift the released addresses to a specific registrant.
> Hi folks,
> Can we take a break from the flame war long enough to discuss this?


> I did not observe anyone replying to my comments by stating a belief that the policy language above is clear and concise. Notwithstanding the differing views on whether the proposed policy is good, is there is general agreement that the policy language is rather enigmatic?

*shrug*  I understood the intent the first time I read it, it doesn't 
seem worse than many existing parts of the NRPM.  Our community does 
seem to prefer legalistic wording (say, compared to other RIRs), perhaps 
because it is more precise.

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