[ARIN-Suggestions] New ACSP 2017.7: Replacement of Jabber for Remote Participation

ARIN info at arin.net
Mon Apr 3 16:37:57 EDT 2017

On 3 April, 2017, we received a new suggestion to the ARIN Consultation
and Suggestion Process.


Description: For the last ~10 years, ARIN's remote participation has
been based on Jabber. Over that time, Jabber support has degraded and
fallen behind what users generally expect of IM. In particular, it is
quite difficult to get Jabber set up, to the point where I've given up
and won't be remotely participating on Jabber for ARIN 39.

I would recommend that ARIN consider switching to a more modern IM
service like Slack for future ARIN meetings. Having set up Slack
services for public and semi-public purposes, I can attest that doing so
would be easier for everyone involved (ARIN and the remote participants)
than the current system. And if Slack is not suitable for some reason,
there are many other IM services now that would also work better than
Jabber. Alternately, ARIN might consider simply using a web-based chat
service alongside the webcast and/or transcript.

Value to Community: Replacing Jabber would allow more people to remotely
participate in ARIN meetings, and would reduce the setup burden on
everyone involved.

We will be evaluating this suggestion and issuing a formal response
within the next 10 business days.


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American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)

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