[arin-ppml] FW: Update on 2009-3: Global Policy for the Allocationof IPv4 Blocks to RIRs

Kevin Kargel kkargel at polartel.com
Fri Jul 24 15:55:18 EDT 2009

> Let's parse that: Each RIR [...] may [...] designate any such space
> for return to the IANA.
> I object to the intentionally ambiguous and potentially dishonest use
> of the word "may" here. Policy should not describe what we might or
> might not do, it should describe what we will and won't do.

I agree.  Without an explicitly associated 'must' or 'may not' then 'may' is
meaningless.  The same applies to "is permitted" or "should".  We don't need
rules to allow anything that is not otherwise proscribed.

Anything that does not describe a requirement or an exception is just excess
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