I didn't see any irresponsible fanning of flames. I saw NSI (rather
characteristically, I might add) making what now turns out to be a secret
(you call it "silent") plan to change something about how information
passes from the A root server to the other root servers, and not sharing it
with the Internet community until someone (in this case, Paul Vixie as I
recall) noticed that NSI had screwed up and done it wrong. And only after
someone outside of NSI noticed the screwup, did someone within NSI bother
to acknowledge it. And only then did NSI fix it, as far as I can tell, by
If people had "given NSI the benefit of the doubt" as you request,
presumably by not posting anything about this screwup, it is anyone's guess
how long it would have taken for the screwup to get fixed.
I also didn't see any "smoke". What I saw was factual discussions of how
the root level servers were out of synch with each other, indeed almost a
week out of synch before it got fixed.
If it is "important to explain what NSI is doing and why", then why did
this explanation not happen *before* NSI made this ill-fated change? Why
did this explanation only happen after people outside of NSI discovered the
problem and commented upon it?