[Community-Discuss] Notice to all the legacy netblocks holders in AfriNIC

AFRINIC Communication comms at afrinic.net
Fri Oct 30 11:29:57 UTC 2020

Dear Mr Cohen,

AFRINIC in its role to enforce the code of conduct on the community mailing list is issuing you your first written warning for the offensive behavior displayed against another member of the community list, namely Mr. Ronlad F. Guilmette on the thread titled “Notice to all the legacy netblocks holders in AfriNIC”


You went on to continue with such behaviour after the AFRINIC communications team reminded the list of the code of conduct by sending out the following email


In light of above, your behaviour has been deemed as offensive, discriminatory, and intimidating as it included personal attacks.This is in direct violation with Sections II and III of AFRINIC’s Code of Conduct. https://afrinic.net/code

You are hereby reminded to abide by the AFRINIC Code of Conduct when interacting with the AFRINIC community at all times.

For more information please refer to the following blog. https://afrinic.net/20200903-code-of-conduct

Please refrain from acting inappropriately on AFRINIC mailing lists again.

AFRINIC Communications Team


Cher Monsieur Cohen,

AFRINIC dans le cadre de son action pour faire respecter le code de conduite sur la liste de diffusion communautaire vous adresse un premier avertissement écrit pour le comportement offensant à l'encontre d'un autre membre de la liste communautaire, à savoir M. Ronlad F. Guilmette sur le fil intitulé "Notice to all the legacy netblocks holders in AfriNIC".


Vous avez continué avec ce comportement même après que l'équipe de communication AFRINIC ait fait un rappel sur le code de conduite en envoyant le courriel suivant:


À la lumière de ce qui précède, votre comportement a été perçu comme étant offensant, discriminatoire et intimidant car il inclut des attaques personnelles. Ceci est en violation directe avec les sections II et III du code de conduite de l'AFRINIC : https://afrinic.net/code

Il vous est rappelé de respecter le code de conduite AFRINIC lorsque vous interagissez avec la communauté AFRINIC à tout moment.

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez vous référer au blog suivant. https://afrinic.net/20200903-code-of-conduct

Veuillez vous abstenir d'agir à nouveau de manière inappropriée sur les listes de diffusion AFRINIC.

L’Equipe de Communications d’AFRINIC

> On 27 Oct 2020, at 17:57, Elad Cohen <elad at netstyle.io> wrote:


> "I have other things to attend to." - like cleaning pores?

> From: Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at tristatelogic.com>

> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 3:03 PM

> To: community-discuss at afrinic.net <community-discuss at afrinic.net>

> Subject: Re: [Community-Discuss] Notice to all the legacy netblocks holders in AfriNIC


> In message <995ECA50-E1DA-49EA-ACC0-54EDA4091D1A at afrinic.net>,

> AFRINIC Communication <comms at afrinic.net> wrote:


> >The Regional Internet Registry (RIR) system is a successful model of

> >industry self-regulation...


> I would be happy to debate the truth or falsehood of that proposition

> with you at some appropriate moment. (Not just now. I have other

> things to attend to.)


> It is likely true that the RIR system has served, like the Pax Americana

> of the late 20th century and the Pax Romana before it, to prevent all-out

> violent confrontations between otherwise opposing factions. But this

> is not the only possible definition of the word "successful", and there

> have been glaring and evident problems... in the AFRINIC region, in the

> ARIN region, in the RIPE region, and elsewhere. To simply and unilaterally

> declare that "This model of governance is good. End of discusssion." is

> not entirely persuasive in the present context.


> And although the industry may view this model as having been fantastically

> successful at keeping various governments largely or entirely at bay and

> largely or entirely out of the Internet regulation business (which even

> I would agree is a profoundly Good Thing) the industry, such as it is,

> is going to have to come to terms someday with that fact that secrecy

> and the shrouding of every detail underneath a gigantic blanket of

> NDAs neither promotes good governance nor is compatible with the ever

> increasing dependency of society as a whole on this utility we call the

> Internet, a utility whose underlying business arrangement have, by design,

> been keep almost entirely opaque to the outside world.


> The present pandemic has only increased the dependency of society on the

> Internet, and thus it has also increased the need for more transparency

> into these private business arragements, in the public interest.



> Regards,

> rfg


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