Policy development guide
Every policy document has a unique reference and status. The status of a proposal evolves according to the diffrerent steps it goes through in the policy development process.
|Proposal-Draft||Status given upon Initial submission on to the mailing list.|
|Proposal-Consensus-Accepted||There is consensus on this document the last time consensus was evaluated.|
|Proposal-No Consensus||There is No consensus AND proposal has been is sent to the list for further discussion.|
|Proposal-Consensus-Rejected||There is Consensus to totally reject the proposal.|
|Proposal-Withdrawn||The author of the proposal withdraws a policy at any stage.|
|Awaiting Approval||The PDWG chairs have sent a proposal to the board for ratification.|
|Approved||Proposal has been approved by AFRINIC board, awaiting implementation.|
|Implemented||Proposal has been implemented by staff. It is now a full policy.|
|Obsolete||The policy is rendered obsolete by another implemented policy proposal.|
Every policy proposal has a unique identifier of the general format "AFPUB-YYYY-Category-Number" plus "-draft-nn" where
- YYYY=year in long format eg 2011
- Category refers to what category this policy addresses eg v4=IPv4, v6-IPv6, DNS=all DNS related, GEN=general and all other, ASN=AS Numbers
- Number= Serial number within that year starting from 001 for that category of policy documents.
- nn=Integer that starts with 01 and increases by 1 for every new version of the proposal.
- If/when the proposal becomes implemented, the "draft-nn" shall be dropped from the final version which shall then become the policy.
- Subscribe to the RPD mailing list and join the discussion. You can find archives of all the previous discussions in the RPD archives (https://lists.AFRINIC.net/pipermail/rpd/)
- Propose policies --- see how in the section below.
- Attend a public policy meeting to discuss proposals in person. See minutes of previous policy discussions here (http://www.AFRINIC.net/ppm_minutes.htm).
In order to propose a policy, proceed as follows:
- If you have not already done so, please read and understand the Policy Development Process.
- If you are not already a member of the Resource Policies Discussion (rpd) mailing list, please subscribe to the rpd mailing list, it is the primary medium for discussing policy proposals.
- Send a copy of your policy proposal using the template below to policy-submission[at]AFRINIC.net . The AFRINIC Policy Liaison will give feedback about the content and format of your proposal (if necessary) and then issue you a unique identifier.
- Once you get a unique identifier, send your policy proposal to the rpd mailing list. It will subsequently be put online on the AFRINIC policy page.
|Template for Submitting Policy Proposals|
Unique identifier (assigned by AFRINIC):
 Summary of How this Proposal Addresses the Problem
 Proposal (Please use sub-numbering so as to make it easy to reference in discussions)
 Revision History (for all but the very first draft)
4.1 Version nn
4.2 Version nn