Enforcement of Guidelines
Enforcement of NANOG Mailing-List Usage Guidelines
The Communications Committee may issue formal warnings to individuals who violate the Usage Guidelines for NANOG’s mailing list. Any member of the Communications Committee may initiate this process by mailing a warning to the Communications Committee mailing list.
The Communications Committee shall then vote. The voting period shall end when all Communications Committee members have voted, but no later than 72 hours after the voting commenced. At the conclusion of voting, the formal warning shall be issued if a majority of the Communications Committee has voted in favor.
All formal warnings shall include:
- Explanation of the formal warning, and that additional formal warnings for Usage Guidelines violations may lead to loss of posting privileges.
- A link to the Usage Guidelines on the NANOG site.
- The specific Usage Guidelines section(s) violated.
- A detailed explanation of why the post is considered a violation of the Usage Guidelines.
Suspension and revocation of privileges
At its discretion, the Communications Committee may temporarily suspend or permanently revoke posting privileges of any individual who has been issued three or more formal warnings.
Any Communications Committee member may initiate this process by mailing a proposal, including the suggested length of the suspension and supporting evidence, to the Communications Committee mailing list.
The Communications Committee shall then vote. The voting period shall end when all Communications Committee members have voted, but no later than 72 hours after the voting commenced. At the conclusion of voting, the suspension or revocation shall be issued if a majority of the Communications Committee has voted in favor.
Formal warnings may not be appealed. Suspension or revocation of posting privileges may be appealed by any direct party of the action to the NANOG steering committee. Within thirty days of receipt of an appeal, the Steering Committee shall decide to:
- Uphold the Communications Committee's action.
- Overturn the Communications Committee's action.
- Remand the action back to the Communications Committee for further review.
Informal, private reminders may be sent by the Communications Committee to individuals or the entire list when posts stray off-topic, but are not serious enough to warrant a formal warning.
Should any member, MTA, MUA, or other agent cause actual technical threat to the mailing list or server mechanisms run by or for NANOG, the administrator(s) of those servers are expected to act unilaterally and immediately to protect the servers and services. Upon taking such action, they will notify the Communications Committee as soon as practically possible, and notify the Steering Committee if appropriate.
Should a list member send an automatic vacation-response to the mailing list or directly to any individual, the list administrator will immediately set the member’s subscription status to “No Mail,” and notify the Communications Committee of this action. It is the sole responsibility of the list member to restore their status upon return from their vacation.
The Communications Committee may filter off-topic threads on the list. Individuals whose post(s) are being monitored will receive a message indicating the moderation. Only on-topic posts will be forwarded to the list.