Removal of my name

Derek J. Balling deballing at
Wed Sep 20 18:59:47 UTC 2006

An e-mail message *can* in fact, be HTML, as HTML is a text payload  
like any other.

It's not his (or the world's) fault your MUA is locked into 1982 mode  
and won't process the tags that are included in it.


On Sep 20, 2006, at 2:20 PM, Randy Bush wrote:

> you sent html as opposed to an email message.  as i do not use a  
> web browser
> to read mail, i can not read your message.  if you want me to read  
> your
> email, send email.
> randy
>> Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 14:02:52 -0400
>> From: "Don Welch, Merit Network" <Don.Welch at>
>> To: nanog at, 'Betty Burke' <bburke at>,
>> 	'Mary Eileen McLaughlin' <mmclaughlin at>
>> Subject: Re: Removal of my name
>> <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
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>>   <meta content="text/html;charset=ISO-8859-1" http-equiv="Content- 
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>> <body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000">
>> NANOG Community,<br>
>> The issue of altering the NANOG Archive has come up and I wish to
>> present Merit's position on the matter.  <br>
>> <br>
>> The NANOG Acceptable Use Policy as it currently stands includes the
>> following:<br>
>> <br>
>> 1. Discussion will focus on Internet operational and technical issues
>> as described in the <a href=" 
>> charter.html">charter</a>
>> of NANOG.
>> <br>
>> 2. Postings of issues inconsistent with the charter are  
>> prohibited.<br>
>> :<br>
>> 4. Postings that include foul language, character assassination, and
>> lack of respect for other participants are prohibited.<br>
>> :<br>
>> <br>
>> 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.<br>
>> <br>
>> 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.<br>
>> <br>
>> 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.  <br>
>> <br>
>> We are not
>> removing a thoughtless post at the request of the poster and do not
>> anticipate doing so in the future. <br>
>> <br>
>> 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.<br>
>> <br>
>> See you at NANOG 38!<br>
>> <br>
>> Cheers,<br>
>> Don
>> <div class="moz-signature">-- <br>
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>> <div align="left"><font face="Arial" size="1">Donald J. Welch,  
>> Ph.D.</font></div>
>> <div align="left"><font face="Arial" size="1">President & CEO</ 
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>> <div align="left"><font face="Arial" size="1">Merit Network, Inc.</ 
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>> <div align="left"><font face="Arial" size="1">1000 Oakbrook Drive</ 
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>> <div align="left"><font face="Arial" size="1">Ann Arbor, MI 48104</ 
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Derek J. Balling
Manager of Systems Administration
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave
Box 0406 - Computer Center 217
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
W: (845) 437-7231
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