NANOG/IEPG/ISOC's current role

Michael Dillon michael at
Wed Apr 3 00:14:28 UTC 1996

On Tue, 2 Apr 1996, Elise Gerich wrote:

> After scanning the on-line notes from the NANOG meetings, I did
> not find any "recommendations" made by the group.  In fact, the
> group has mentioned many times that it is inappropriate to set
> policy.  What the group does is discuss various technical problems,
> share work-arounds, fixes, kludges, and as individuals adopt what
> is useful.

Sounds like a recommendation to me. Just rewrite that in some flowery 
language alonmg with a few technical details and you will have a press 
release for the next NANOG meeting that you can feed to the journalists.

I'm serious; something like this could be done....

At the ??? 96 NANOG meeting the important issue of widgets was discussed.
Widgets are the framistams that make the Internet's frogistor wave 
synchronise with the widgimajiggers at each of the main exchange points. 
Several proposals were made to solve the problem of widget wave induction
and the group generally agreed to implement the best of these proposals
and report back on results at the next meeting. Members were generally 
confident that the proposed solutions will alleviate the problem.

Note that this short press release explains the items being discussed and 
why they are important to the Internet's operations. It also includes 
some background material to help journalists understand the situation 
even if they were not previously aware that the Internet relied on 
framistams. And there is a strong statement of confidence that things are 
OK, routine, being taken care of, not to worry, etc...

You may not like the eyes of the world to be looking at you, but the fact 
is that those eyes are going to be looking at you more and more as the 
Internet grows in importance and people get curious at how it really works.

Michael Dillon                                    Voice: +1-604-546-8022
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