[arin-ppml] Emergency PDP process

George, Wes E [NTK] Wesley.E.George at sprint.com
Fri Dec 3 14:54:41 EST 2010

> -----Original Message-----
> From: arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net [mailto:arin-ppml-bounces at arin.net] On
> Behalf Of Chris Grundemann
> Sent: Friday, December 03, 2010 1:43 PM
> To: William Herrin
> Cc: arin-ppml at arin.net
> Subject: Re: [arin-ppml] Props. 122 + 123 process?
> I second Bill's suggestion that the AC hold a meeting at the moment of
> IANA runout but would expand the suggestion so that all policy changes
> proposed at that time be considered for emergency action.
Good suggestion. However, prior to that, we have a problem.

I think that this whole discussion throws into sharp relief the absence of
implementation details around how to determine a legitimate emergency based
on the current text in 7.1 of the PDP. Perhaps the AC, board, PDP committee
and ARIN legal counsel should put their heads together on this ASAP and
bring out a draft recommendation for a  series of tests that can be used to
justify any emergency policy. These would be either questions that must be
answered, objective standards to define a problem, etc. 
Put it before the community for comment. Even if it's not formally added to
the PDP, or not added in time for this round of emergencies, it would really
help to have some of that rigor. Chances are quite good that every policy
recommendation that might be considered an emergency will be equally
polarizing within the community, and it would be helpful to not have to rely
solely on (charged, emotional) rhetoric on the part of those for and against
the issue to determine whether something is actually an emergency. "I'll
know it when I see it" isn't good enough in this case I don't think...

Put another way - AC members: assume that you have to make a recommendation
to the board tomorrow on these two emergency policies. I assume that this
would take the form of 2 votes: 
First, should prop X be treated as an emergency or deferred to the next PP
Follow-on, if the underlying issue prop X regards is an emergency, then
should prop X be implemented? 
What questions do you ask of the authors, of yourselves, of your fellow
members, and of the community to make your decision as to whether they're
emergencies? Note that I'm thinking in general terms here on how you would
answer question #1, using these policies as an example, not looking for
questions specific to should you/should you not implement.

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