that 4byte ASN you were considering...

shields at shields at
Tue Oct 10 15:13:28 UTC 2006

On 2006-10-10 09:41:37, Edward Lewis wrote:
> I can't believe grown engineers are afraid of a dot.

People have been burned in the past, and this leads them to exaggerate the
cost.  But even if the cost is not as large as they fear, it is not zero.

If you are in favor of a new notation because you think it will save work
overall by reducing confusion, or because you prefer it aesthetically,
or because you want change for the sake of change in order to flush out
old tools, then you should write up your arguments and get them included
in the document.  It would be much more efficient to explain the benefits
once in the RFC, rather than a thousand times whenever someone complains
that they don't like it.

Whatever the benefits are, it's apparent from the thread here that many
operators are not convinced, and that they have concerns that may not
have been considered.  Although this subject is relatively on-topic for
NANOG, talking about it here is not going to have any effect on the draft.
If you feel strongly about it, you should join the IDR or IESG lists.

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