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[AfriNIC-rpd] abuse contact information in whois database

Tobias Knecht tk at
Fri Jul 2 12:06:04 UTC 2010

Dear Alex,

thank you again for this message.

I have one other question, you might be able to give us a better view.

It seems to me that people are afraid of introducing something new, that
might be too complicated. I do not know the processes which are being
used in the AfriNIC region, but would it be possible for you to explain
a little bit how an IRT Object could be created in future and how this
might be linked to the right objects?

I think even if this has not been decided yet, you probably Know how to
do it, because it might be similar to the RIPE processes.

I just want to avoid that we are running in a direction being afraid of
something being complicated and not understanding that it is not.

I and for sure some people on the list here would really appreciate your



> Your assertion that the IRT object can be used as its already in the 
> WHOIS database is quite right. From a development standpoint this
> would be the preferred solution as it would be the easier one to
> implement- all that would be required would be to essentially make
> myAfriNIC (i.e. our web-based portal for managing internet resources)
> aware of the new object. On the flipside, implementing an abuse-c
> attribute (along the same lines of say a tech-c or an admin-c) would
> additionally involve adding that attribute to the applicable objects
> (e.g. aut-num, inetnum and inet6num, for instance), creating the
> necessary database entries for it and, of course, specifying the
> logic for updating, deleting and creating its records. Its certainly
> doable but provides no discernable benefit over the (pre-existing)
> IRT object which seems to be a tailor-made solution for this issue.
> If we opt to go the IRT object route expect it to take roughly a
> month to implement, else if we go the way of adding abuse-c
> attributes to certain objects then I reckon it'll take a little
> longer. In either case it should not take more than sixty days (max).
> Hope this helps.
> cheers, -Alex.
> -- Alex Lawani Software Engineer AfriNIC, Ltd. Email:
> alex at <mailto:alex at> AIM: ilawani
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