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Re: Removal of my name

  • From: Randy Bush
  • Date: Wed Sep 20 14:39:50 2006

you sent html as opposed to an email message.  as i do not use a web browser
to read mail, i can not read your message.  if you want me to read your
email, send email.


> Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 14:02:52 -0400
> From: "Don Welch, Merit Network" <[email protected]>
> To: [email protected], 'Betty Burke' <[email protected]>,
> 	'Mary Eileen McLaughlin' <[email protected]>
> Subject: Re: Removal of my name
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> NANOG Community,<br>
> The issue of altering the NANOG Archive has come up and I wish to
> present Merit's position on the matter.&nbsp; <br>
> <br>
> The NANOG Acceptable Use Policy as it currently stands includes the
> following:<br>
> <br>
> 1. Discussion will focus on Internet operational and technical issues
> as described in the <a href="";>charter</a>
> of NANOG.
> <br>
> 2. Postings of issues inconsistent with the charter are prohibited.<br>
> :<br>
> 4. Postings that include foul language, character assassination, and
> lack of respect for other participants are prohibited.<br>
> :<br>
> <br>
> The part of the post in dispute is not operational or technical and
> clearly shows a lack of
> respect for a participant.&nbsp; The subject of the post and not the poster
> requested that we remove his name from the post in the Archive.&nbsp; Merit
> has decided to replace the subject's name with "NAME REMOVED".&nbsp; Since
> this post was not allowed, we believe that we are correcting our
> mistake in a way that we
> think has the least impact on the integrity of the archive.&nbsp; We are not
> removing the post
> itself.&nbsp; The poster's name and the rest of the text are intact.&nbsp; The
> topic of the post is still clear even though the individual targeted is
> not.&nbsp; Operational or technical content was not modified.<br>
> <br>
> We have considered a number of things in making this decision
> including: the age of the post, the reason for the request and Merit's
> legal exposure.&nbsp; We let the Steering Committee know what we were
> doing.&nbsp; If you disagree, do not blame the Steering Committee although
> we consulted with the Steering Committee, it was my decision.<br>
> <br>
> This issue has been helpful in that it pointed out some shortcomings in
> our policies and notification mechanism.&nbsp; We are working with the
> Steering Committee to address those now.&nbsp; <br>
> <br>
> We are not
> removing a thoughtless post at the request of the poster and do not
> anticipate doing so in the future. <br>
> <br>
> This issue is unique and does not represent a blanket policy.&nbsp; Any
> request to modify the archive is a serious issue that requires
> consultation with the Steering Committee and must be balanced against
> the loss of archive integrity.<br>
> <br>
> See you at NANOG 38!<br>
> <br>
> Cheers,<br>
> Don
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