Public service Rebroadcast: Re: Removal of my name]

Laurence F. Sheldon, Jr. LarrySheldon at
Wed Sep 20 18:54:53 UTC 2006

I too despise HTML, but in a failing effort to find email useful, I use 
a reader that converts HTML to text for me (it is amazing what computers 
can do these days).

Here is the result of my reader's handiwork.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Re: Removal of my name
Date: 	Wed, 20 Sep 2006 14:02:52 -0400
From: 	Don Welch, Merit Network <Don.Welch at>
Reply-To: 	Don.Welch at
Organization: 	Merit Network, Inc
To: 	nanog at, 'Betty Burke' <bburke at>, 'Mary Eileen
McLaughlin' <mmclaughlin at>

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

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