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[AfriNIC-rpd] abuse contact information in whois database (AFPUB-2010-GEN-002)

Leo Vegoda leo.vegoda at
Thu Jun 17 00:32:39 UTC 2010

On 16 Jun 2010, at 5:24, Tobias Knecht wrote:

>> While you are right that it is to some extent a self-made problem, I
>> am not convinced that requiring additional addresses to be published
>> will stop people from copying the other addresses they already send
>> e-mail to. This is down to my perception of human nature and not to
>> the technical merit of the proposal for an IRT object or an abuse-c
>> address or any other way of providing the information.
> I fully agree with you, BUT this is not the point here. The point is,
> that there are AfriNIC members, who want to be able to handle their
> complaints in an appropriate way and they can not because they are
> getting their complaints to their personal mailbox. They have
> spamfilters installed on their personal mailbox which is absolutely
> okay. But it is not okay for a abuse@ mailbox.
> So I think we should not argue about offering a dedicated place for
> abuse contact information. As I heard everybody agreed on that at the
> AfriNIC meeting.

I don't think anyone has objected to the creation/enabling of a dedicated mechanism for providing contact information for abuse reports.

I do not think the mandatory requirement in the proposal has been as warmly welcomed. There has been an observation that it is unlikely to reduce the number of misdirected abuse reports as so many people reporting abuse have no idea how to do it, nor how their magical abuse reporting software gets the addresses it gives them. So they just shotgun their report to anyone and everyone, just in case.


Leo Vegoda

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