[arin-ppml] Recommended Draft Policy ARIN-2022-11: Clean-up of NRPM – Introduction of Section 2.17

David Farmer farmer at umn.edu
Wed Mar 22 14:48:13 EDT 2023

Yes, there are always trade-offs. Nevertheless, I still think the solution
to this problem requires a more holistic view of section 2.

Looking at this more, I have the following suggestion;

Rewrite the introductory paragraph to section 2 as follows;

Networks of all sizes and types require integers to identify devices within
the network. The global Internet requires identifiers that are globally
unique. These globally unique identifiers are known as Internet number
resources, consisting of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, both versions
four (4) and six (6), and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs). They are
globally distributed and managed hierarchically in accordance with the
following diagram;

Bullet list and diagram:

2.17  Internet number resources are unique identifiers within the Internet
Numbers Registry System [as described in IETF RFC 7020], and this includes
ranges (or blocks) of contiguous Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and
Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs).


On Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 12:23 PM William Herrin <bill at herrin.us> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 22, 2023 at 10:05 AM David Farmer <farmer at umn.edu> wrote:
> > When I look at section 2 as a whole, I believe the term Number
> > Resources logically belongs near the top of the list and not near the
> bottom of the list.
> Hi David,
> If you're just looking at the static document, you're right. But
> here's the thing: there are postings, tutorials and even books that
> refer to "section X.X of the ARIN NRPM." It's a whole ecosystem of
> knowledge. If you renumber the sections so that those references no
> longer line up, you contribute to the general chaos instead of making
> things easier to understand.
> It's like the problem of numbering the exits on the Interstate
> highways. If you just number them in order, 1 2 3 4 5, then whenever
> you add a new off-ramp you have to change all the numbers. Suddenly
> all the maps are wrong.
> > Further, if added to the top of the list, the added details of Bill's
> proposed definition seem much more appropriate to me.
> I appreciate the support!
> Regards,
> Bill
> --
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