ARIN sucks? was Re: Kremen's Buddy?

Albert Meyer from_nanog at
Wed Sep 13 21:00:38 UTC 2006

I've heard the horror stories, and I remember that ARIN was difficult to deal 
with 10 years ago, but my recent experiences with them have been relatively 
painless. I expected the process to get worse as IPs become more scarce, but I 
haven't been seeing that. AFAICT they are more helpful and easier to work with 
right now than they have ever been. They came out with simplified templates last 
week and it looks like the process will now be even easier. Maybe it's harder 
for companies that don't run an rwhois server, and rwhois can be tricky to 
setup, but I was able to do it, and I would expect (or at least hope) that most 
of the people who are paid to run networks are in the same IQ range as me. 
What's so hard about this?

Richard A Steenbergen wrote:
> Ever notice the only folks happy with the status quo are the few who have 
> already have an intimate knowledge of the ARIN allocation process, and/or 
> have the right political connections to resolve the "issues" that come up 
> when dealing with them?
> Try looking at it from an outsider's point of view instead. If you're new 
> to dealing with ARIN, it is not uncommon to find the process is absolutely 
> baffling, frustrating, slow, expensive, and requiring intrusive disclosure 
> just shy of an anal cavity probe.

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