[admin] RE: Creating a crystal clear and pure Internet

Alex Pilosov alex at pilosoft.com
Tue Nov 27 19:05:10 UTC 2007

On Tue, 27 Nov 2007, Jerry Pasker wrote:

> >
> >But, if it's not viewed as political then...
> >
> >Your analogy is flawed, because the Internet is not a pipe system
> >and ISP's are not your local water utility.
> And the internet is not a big truck!  It's....It's a series of tubes!
> Sorry, I couldn't resist... with all these things clogging all the
> tubes.  :-)
I'd like to draw attention to nanog AUP, particularly #6: Postings of
political, philosophical, and legal nature are prohibited.

While the "regulation of internet by filtering bad traffic" is clearly
political and/or legal, I do think the *technical* implication of it are 
very much on-topic. After all, once this happens, we as network operators 
will be responsible for the filtering.

Given that, I'd like to ask everyone to refrain off-hand comments about
tubes and dump trucks - we all hear this joke every day. Discussion of 
morality of such filtering is also off-topic.  

Discussion of implementation of such filtering and effect of it on network
operations at-large is clearly on-topic. Discussion of separating traffic
(by network operators) into "bad" and "good" is also on-topic.

The list is about technology and operations. This is not ITU. This is not
C-SPAN. This is not 'general banter among network operators' list either.
Before you post to the list, think - would you want to make a presentation
at NANOG-conference based on your post? If it doesn't feel appropriate,
the list post is similarly inappropriate.

Also, this is another reminder that MLC *will* be giving formal warnings
(which will eventually lead to removal from the list) to those who 
continue to post off-topic messages.

As usual, should you wish to discuss this post, please do so on 
nanog-futures (reply-to has been set accordingly).


-alex [mlc chair]

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