[arin-ppml] ARIN-2012-3: ASN Transfers - Last Call

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Mon May 7 17:29:31 EDT 2012

On 5/7/12, Robert E. Seastrom <ppml at rs.seastrom.com> wrote:
> The AC not only pays attention to and respects minority points of
> view, but we _go out of our way to consider them_.  It sounds as if
> Mr. Herrin believes that a whiff of dissent ought to be a cue for a
> bad case of analysis paralysis.  I for one disagree.


Yes, the AC carefully considers dissenting viewpoints before
classifying them as wrong or otherwise unworthy of inclusion.

If you want the community to own the policies then a non-trivial
amount of dissent means you keep discussing it. That's the nature of
consensus and if you want the disparate members of the community to
engage as ARIN's partners in address management, that's what it takes.

If community input in to the policies is important but community
ownership of the resulting policies is not, then you can push policies
over objections based on expert analysis. However, that eventually
sets ARIN up for an adversarial relationship with the community rather
than a cooperative one. The folks who internalize rules set by 15
people on a committee are largely comprised of the 15 people on the
committee. If that many.

I cast too wide a net when I disparaged the entire AC for incautiously
pushing past dissent. Fact is several of the folks on the AC have been
doing their level headed best to be broadly inclusive. By doing things
like voting to keep the instant proposal in discussion due to the
significant dissent. To them I tip my hat. Sadly you're not a voting
majority. But keep trying; it's worth the fight.

Bill Herrin

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