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[802SEC] Proposed IEEE 802 reflector policy

The following is a proposed statement on IEEE 802 reflector policy – with thanks to David Law for providing the IEEE 802.3 reflector policy from which this is mostly stolen.  I’ve got mixed feelings about including whining and whinging in the list of inappropriate behavior. Conceptually, I like it but, it may be too subjective so for now I’ve got it struck through.




IEEE 802 reflectors shall only be used for official business relating to IEEE 802 and its sub-groups. Technical discussions/questions, comments on presentations and documents, meeting announcements, etc., are acceptable uses of a reflector. Communications are expected to be respectful, dignified, and germane.


IEEE 802 reflectors are not 'free speech' forums. Subscriptions are granted to further the purposes of IEEE 802 and may be revoked for inappropriate communications. These include: recruiting, advertising, soliciting, spamming, flaming, whining, whinging and disparaging individuals or companies.


IEEE 802 operates in an open manner. To that end, no material submitted to IEEE 802, or any of its sub-groups, will be accepted or considered if it contains any statement that places any burden on the recipient(s) with respect to confidentiality or copyright. Any communication, including electronic mail, containing language with such restrictive wording will not be accepted or considered.


Note - this policy regarding confidentiality and copyrights does not apply to IEEE copyrighted materials or copyrighted materials received from liaisons with other organizations, such as draft standards.


In addition, IEEE 802 reflectors operate under the IEEE Acceptable Use Practices <>.


The Chair of the group to which a reflector is dedicated shall enforce these policies.




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