For members of the broader NANOG community who may not have been able to see the community meeting that happened this morning, I jotted down some notes on what was discussed. Much of the content was directly from the slide deck
I attempted to also include the back-and-forth between the presenters and the audience
during the question and answer period as well.
2022.06.08 NANOG85 community meeting
Steve Meuse kicks things off at 0702 hours
Ed and Cat run the community meeting this
Ed welcomes everyone to the third day of
First thing is the registration fee increase.
We’re going to have to push our costs forward
to get us moving towards the black again.
early bird fee will be $675 versus late fee of $875.
IETF early bird is $700, same for our non-member
price, but we feed you!
We think that’s an important part of building
Development projects; big project we’ve been
working on, that’s the appointment tool.
It’s currently in beta test with a limited pool
of volunteers, the board and the program committee,
and was demoed on May 26th.
There is a dedicated slack channel for the beta
testers to give feedback.
public beta will be released when NANOG86
registration opens up.
in the opening presntation, Tina talked about
To expand our community and help bind it together,
community.nanog.org has affinity groups;
so you can self-gather in areas of common interest;
running, coffee, LGBTQ+, women in tech, etc.
You can also suggest new areas of affinity.
This morning, a group went walking, organized
through the walking affinity groups.
when you land on community.nanog.org;
you need nanog account, it’s free to sign up,
it uses Oauth2 for authentication.
We have a mirror of the mailing list there
as well; it’s read only, lets you see how
many replies there are, etc.
it grabs captions from websites for you.
off to the right, shows timeline of communication
that goes along the thread, and major contributors;
it shows what the mailing list has in graphical
The affinity groups work the same way; you can
communicate via email or directly through the
NANOG college immersion program has been
restructured; more targeted to the most
qualified students; will be sponsor-based,
qualifications will be similar to the
scholarship program, and graduate students
can apply individually. Undergrads need to
come with a professor who can bring up to
five undergrad students. The professor
will chaperone and guide the students through
We had students from Howard attend this meeting.
NANOG84 ombuds report; we have third party
ombuds that listen to issues and concerns
people have, to ensure attendees feel welcome
with our community. Previously, issues came
to Ed directly, which didn’t work if you had
an issue with Ed himself. By having a third
party fulfill the role, it eliminates that
Look at resources, down at Ombudsman you can
click the link for the full report.
Our most recent grade was 71/100, so we have
some work to do.
He spoke to the Howard NCI students; they
commented they wish they had found it
sooner, it would have had a big impact
on their college trajectory.
Annual report is almost done; was hoping
to have it ready, but things got busy;
will email out when it is done.
Program Committee updates.
congrats to them, they have done a
stellar job with this program, starting
from an effort several years ago to
provide a better experience for our
Cat Gurinsky takes over, chair of the
How we got here? We’ve been doing a
rolling call for presentation; now you
can submit talks for several nanogs ahead.
we can accept sooner, so you can get business
travel arranged, visas, etc. and we can publish
the agenda much sooner.
Now, you can submit all the way through NANOG89.
We already have 4 talks accepted for N86 in
hollywood; there are 12 talks pending acceptance.
shepherd guides you through the process of submission,
from submission to peer review and acceptance; they
help give suggestions.
The Copy Reviewers ensures NANOG guidelines are
met, cleans up issues, makes sure fonts are large
enough to read from the back of the room.
we have rolling call for proposals, receive
proposals, shepherd is assigned, draft slides
are due, peer review begins, final slides are
due, agenda is published.
draft slides don’t have to be fully fleshed out,
but it needs to be good enough to vote on; 70%
is about right.
start with rough outline; they’ll tell you if
it’s good enough, and vote, and then help you
flesh it out.
your shepherd is your advocate, we want you
With rolling submissions, waiting may mean you
miss out because the program is already filled
up by the time the submission deadline arrives.
skipping the polls part.
Dinesh Babouta, you mentioned about submissions
of presentations: have you considered doing other
types of content, like poster sessions?
Looking at who submits presentations, we
often see people who are shy or who don’t have
good presentation skills avoiding submitting;
but having posters they could stand next to
could allow them to participate more.
Interesting idea; please put that in your
In the future, we also hope to have a
second track room in the coming years.
Ed notes that if you feel uncomfortable
asking questions, you can use the virtual
Why isn’t there a member discount for
You already have a free option for virtual
attendance, that’s a pretty huge discount,
Even with that, we post the content on
YouTube a week later; we try to make it
as accessible as possible.
Community meeting wraps up at 0726 hours