Removal of my name (resend in plain text)

Don Welch, Merit Network Don.Welch at
Wed Sep 20 18:32:41 UTC 2006

NANOG Community,
The issue of altering the NANOG Archive has come up and I wish to 
present Merit's position on the matter. 

The NANOG Acceptable Use Policy as it currently stands includes the 

1. Discussion will focus on Internet operational and technical issues as 
described in the charter <> of NANOG.
2. Postings of issues inconsistent with the charter are prohibited.
4. Postings that include foul language, character assassination, and 
lack of respect for other participants are prohibited.

The part of the post in dispute is not operational or technical and 
clearly shows a lack of respect for a participant.  The subject of the 
post and not the poster requested that we remove his name from the post 
in the Archive.  Merit has decided to replace the subject's name with 
"NAME REMOVED".  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.  We are not removing the post itself.  The 
poster's name and the rest of the text are intact.  The topic of the 
post is still clear even though the individual targeted is not.  
Operational or technical content was not modified.

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.  We let the Steering Committee know what we were doing.  If 
you disagree, do not blame the Steering Committee although we consulted 
with the Steering Committee, it was my decision.

This issue has been helpful in that it pointed out some shortcomings in 
our policies and notification mechanism.  We are working with the 
Steering Committee to address those now. 

We are not removing a thoughtless post at the request of the poster and 
do not anticipate doing so in the future.

This issue is unique and does not represent a blanket policy.  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.

See you at NANOG 38!

Donald J. Welch, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Merit Network, Inc. <>
1000 Oakbrook Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Donald J. Welch, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Merit Network, Inc. <>
1000 Oakbrook Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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