[arin-ppml] Draft Policy ARIN-2021-7: Make Abuse Contact Useful

Andrew Dul andrew.dul at quark.net
Wed Oct 27 11:56:48 EDT 2021

On 10/27/2021 12:26 AM, William Herrin wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 26, 2021 at 5:33 PM Andrew Dul <andrew.dul at quark.net> wrote:
>> I'd might be ok with a URL, but not just "any URL" if the community is
>> really interested in improving reporting, we likely need a structured
>> data format and API so that input can be better used by those receiving
>> the reports.
> Hi Andrew,
> I'd prefer not to see ARIN leading that effort but I'd point out that
> this policy change creates a framework which could lead to such
> standardization. If the URL is HTTP, automation could request the URL
> with a particular user agent string which, if the server supports it,
> would return machine-readable instructions for generating and
> transmitting a report instead of the normal human-readable ones.

While ARIN it probably not the best place to formalize this standard 
'structured data format' it certainly can be involved in creating and 
advocating for its development and standardization. In the same way that 
RDAP was developed by RIR staff and then standardized in the IETF.

In this case, if we build it (a URL option)...they will come...in many 
many different and likely incompatible ways which is worse that today's 
email standard.

I'm disinclined to support this draft to allow a URL as a reporting 
mechanism in the absence of the structured data format.



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