Other flapping prefixes. Compare and contrast.

Alan Hannan alan at mid.net
Mon Sep 11 18:47:29 UTC 1995


	LJP - Larry Plato 
	MAN - Mike Nasto

LJP>  NANOG is the perfect place to discuss what we think should be the 
LJP>  minimum acceptable service level, as well as what can be expected 
LJP>  in terms of inter-provider help and cooperation.  Sean's comments 
LJP>  are, in my opinion, useful as a basis for discussion, and completely 
LJP>  appropriate.  I think we all need to discuss our expectations in 
LJP>  an open forum.  We may never agree, but at least we can disagree 
LJP>  politely,

MAN> Politely is the operative word here.  I thinks Sean's comments are the 
MAN> only way we will have any significant changes that benefit the customer, 
MAN> as opposed to benefiting the "network" itself.

  I'm not sure I want to embrace the Nader approach to networking, but at the
same time, let's consider our climate, and the market in which we live.  
Providers who play fairly, are considerate, and make intelligently designed
networks are considered far superior to others who don't.  Correspondingly,
those in the know (integrators, consultants, other NSPs) spread the word,
and they tend to get a high class, and larger quantity of customers.  
Correspondingly, these folks propogate, and the customer benefits.  My point,
don't talk about the customer and how they benefit.  The best internet
provider will, by natural selection, be best for the customer.

  How does this relate to the discussion at hand?  Sean points out some
considerable problems at hand on the net, and he continually proposes
intelligent ways to resolve the situations.  In my opinion, this is a
highly acceptable, and terribly desirable thing.  As well, those who caution
politeness are heard, however, I don't think we can demand this.  Quite
often people in our positions are rather busy, and don't have time to mince
words so as not to offend.  I view the internet right now as quite similar
to the torrid gene pools of our evolutionary birth.  If people sound rather
rude, or short of time, it's because they are too busy doing things correctly,
and are dissapointed in the poor quality of others.

  Perhaps I speak too unkind, but I appreciate these frank, blunt corrections,
and hope to see more of them.

Alan Hannan                        Email: alan at mid.net
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