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[rpd] Bottom-Up Process and Community-Driven Question (Was: Update old policy title for grammar/spelling ??)

Sylvain Baya abscoco at
Tue Aug 22 14:29:21 UTC 2017

[English Below]
Cher Daniel, Chers Abonnés de la liste RPD,

Je suis d'accord avec le changement et le processus derrière.

Au sujet du second, permettez-moi de poser une question à chacun d'entre
nous :
Est-ce la pratique habituelle de recourir à la communauté, en première
instance, pour adresser des problèmes constatés ? Et donner un délai pour
recevoir les commentaires, puis recueillir les points de vue des
volontaires pour construire des décisions de type  communauté-orientées à
travers un processus ascendant ?

Je veux comprendre à quel point les choses fonctionnent habituellement et
s'il y a lieu de s'attendre à une mise en œuvre systématique de ce genre de
bonnes pratiques à l'avenir.

Merci bien.

Hi Daniel, Dear RPDers,

I agree with both the change and the process behind.

About the second one, permit me to ask a question to all of us :
is it the common habit to bring issues back to the community, at first
place ? and give a deadline to receive comments, then collect volunteers
views to build community-driven decisions throught a bottom-up process ?

I want to understand how really things habitually works and if there is an
insurrance to expect a systematical implementation of this kind of good
practice for the future.

Thanks and Regards,


Le 21 août 2017 2:38 PM, "Daniel Shaw" <daniel at> a écrit :

Hello AFRINIC policy community,

There is currently a policy related document included in the AFRINIC web
site who's title is mis-spelled.

Before getting this updated internally, we'd like to get the community's
input. Why? Because this is changing the known title of a public document,
which has been as it is for quite some time.

Luckily, the URL will not need to change. Nor will any of the content of
the document itself. Only the title.

The current URL to the document in question is:

The title that we'd like to change is currently:

 "Policy to Change Criterias for ASN Assignments in AfriNIC Region"

The problem is the word "Criterias" - the correct plural of "Criteria" is
also just "Criteria". Having an "s" suffix is not correct English.

We feel that most important is to document the policy as per the original
author's proposal. But we have noted that the discussion of this policy
update in the list archives correctly uses "criteria" in the email subject


However, from the first time it was added to the AFRINIC web site, it's
been incorrect. This can be seen in the archive of the old site here:
And later also once ratified can be seen in a 2010 snapshot here:

Summary: Is there any community objection to editing the page at currently
and all future publications of the document "AFPUB-2006-ASN-001", such that
the title changes *from* "Criterias" and changing *to* "Criteria".

Daniel Shaw

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