[AusNOG] Inappropriate commercially sensitive discussion threads on AusNOG mailing list
ausnog at pps.com.au
Sat Nov 13 08:12:06 EST 2010
I was disturbed to read this Saturday morning a discussion thread that
occurred on the AusNOG mailing list yesterday afternoon concerning the
actions of parties involved in a commercial dispute involving ISP's and
upstream transit providers.
The source of my concerns are:
1. The discussion was devoid of any technical merit or consequence
2. The thread involved a matter that was of a purely commercial and
legal nature between the parties involved
3. The names of apparently innocent third party organisations were
brought into the thread for no apparent reason or benefit
4. The discussion could only present one side of what may be a complex
5. The act of posting the item on the AusNOG mailing list may have
consequences for all of those that participate on the AusNOG mailing
list even to the level of passive subscribers who did not actually
contribute to the thread.
6. Sufficient information may have been divulged to identify individual
parties involved in the dispute so representing breaches of
confidentiality at many different levels (client-ISP, outsourcer-client etc)
7. No indication as to what authority or in what role the originating
poster had in raising the topic
My reading of the AusNOG list charter is such that discussion threads of
this type would be in breach of that charter. In particular the charter
"The AusNOG mailing list has been established to provide a forum for
the exchange of technical information, the discussion of specific
implementation issues that require cooperation among network service
providers, the discussion of operational issues, and the discussion of
technical issues directly relating to the internet service provision
and telecommunications industry."
For instance, I don't believe that "operational issues" is meant to
cover commercial and legal issues.
The charter further states that the list "is NOT a forum for...
end-users to pester their ISP".
Could managers of the list please advise if the thread is to be honoured
in the list archives and if discussion threads of this type are going to
be permitted to occur again in the future?
The response of the list managers will be a prompt for me to consider my
continued subscription to the AusNOG mailing list.
Thank you for your consideration of this matter.
e: kjkarp at pps.com.au
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