Attendance Charter

NANOG offers a variety of programs including periodic NANOG meetings, as well as other events of a regional and educational nature that are attended by its Members, those involved in Internet operations, and various sponsors. NANOG encourages passionate and vigorous debate at its events regarding technical and operational issues concerning the Internet. NANOG does expect, however, that each person in attendance at a NANOG event, or an event hosted by a NANOG sponsor in connection with a NANOG event, will conduct themselves in a professional manner and show respect and courtesy for all others in attendance.  

NANOG expects that all attendees, employees, contractors, and sponsors shall act in accordance with the following guidelines as established and amended, from time to time, by the NANOG Board of Directors.

Attendance Guidelines

Individuals at NANOG activities or events, physical or digital are expected to:

  • Be considerate, respectful and collaborative.

  • Avoid aggressively pushing your own services, products, or causes.

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert NANOG staff if you notice a dangerous or harassing situation or someone in distress.

The following activities are not permitted at NANOG activities or events, physical or digital:

  • Demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.

  • Being disruptive, drinking excessively, stalking, following or threatening anyone.

  • Engaging in conduct that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for an individual because of the individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, race, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, height, or weight.

  • Homophobia, racism, sexism, or behavior that discriminates against a group or class of people.

  • Sexual harassment of any kind, including unwelcome sexual attention and inappropriate physical contact.

  • Distribution or consumption of alcohol in hotel space contracted by NANOG and not served by hotel-licensed providers.

  • Engaging in an activity which is illegal, endangers the safety of others, or violates NANOG’s or its sponsors’ contracts with venues or contractors.

  • Making audio or video recordings of the few sessions where such recording is not permitted.

Attendance Enforcement Policy

  • Any person in attendance at a NANOG or NANOG Sponsor event who feels these guidelines have not been followed should immediately contact the Executive Director or any other NANOG staff member.

  • Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

  • Reports of unacceptable behavior shall be investigated by the NANOG Executive Director, who is authorized to determine: (a) whether or not a violation of this Charter has occurred and (b) appropriate disciplinary action or other remedy, which may include, but is not necessarily limited to, the person being given a warning, removal from the meeting and/or the event, or banned from attending future NANOG events.

  • In the event the conduct appears to warrant expulsion or suspension of an individual’s membership with NANOG, the matter must be reported to the Board of Directors.

NANOG Attendee List Statement

Use of the NANOG Attendee Page is for informational purposes only. Any use for marketing, sales, or other uses prohibited by NANOG’s Attendance Charter are subject to removal of both offending persons and companies from the NANOG meeting and potential loss of sponsorship opportunities, current and future.

Mail List Charter

The NANOG mailing list is established to provide a forum for the exchange of technical information and the discussion of specific implementation issues that require cooperation among network service providers. In order to continue to provide a useful forum for discussion of relevant technical issues, NANOG has established the following guidelines for participation.

By using NANOG’s mailing list, you agree that you have read and will follow these rules and policy. Questions should be directed to

Pre-Posting Guide

Our pre-posting guide for messages to the NANOG e-mail list:
1. Does my email have operational/technical content?
2. Would I be interested in reading this email?
3. Would 10,000 other Internet engineers want to read this?

Acceptable Use Policy

  1. Discussion will focus on Internet operational and technical issues as described in the Bylaws of NANOG.
  2. Postings of issues inconsistent with the Bylaws are prohibited.
  3. Cross posting is prohibited.
  4. Postings that are defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, or include foul language, character assassination, and lack of respect for other participants are prohibited.
  5. Product marketing is prohibited.
  6. Postings of political, philosophical, and legal nature are prohibited.
  7. Posting any information or material protected by copyright without the permission of the copyright owner is prohibited.
  8. Using list as source for private marketing initiatives is prohibited.
  9. Autoresponders sending mail either to the list or to a poster are prohibited.
  10. Use caution when discussing products. Information posted is available for all to see, and comments are subject to libel, slander, and antitrust laws.
  11. Postings that encourage or facilitate members to arrive at any agreement that either expressly or impliedly leads to price fixing, a boycott of another’s organization or business, or other conduct intended to illegally restrict free trade are prohibited.
  12. Postings that encourage or facilitate an agreement about the following subjects are inappropriate: prices, discounts, or terms or conditions of sale; salaries; benefits, profits, profit margins, or cost data; market shares, sales territories, or markets; allocation of customers or territories; or selection, rejection, or termination of customers or suppliers.
  13. Use the right channels for complaints. The mailing list is not the appropriate platform to resolve personal issues or engage in disputes.
  14. Posts that should not be sent to the entire list serve include “thank you” or “me too” messages – which should be sent directly to the poster being responded to, and requests to be removed from the list – which should be addressed through administrative channels.

 Individuals who violate the Acceptable Use Policy will be contacted and asked to adhere to the above. Although NANOG does not actively monitor the list serve for inappropriate postings, NANOG reserves the right to reject or remove any inappropriate posts brought to the attention of NANOG. In addition, NANOG reserves the right to terminate access to any user who does not abide by these guidelines.

NANOG is not responsible for the opinions and information posted to the mailing list by others. NANOG makes no representations or warranties with regard to information posted to the list serve, including, with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the posting, whether posted by NANOG or a third party. NANOG disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability
and fitness for any particular purpose. Users agree to use the mailing list at their own and sole risk.

Meeting Speaker Registration Fee Waiver Policy

The NANOG registration fee is waived for:

  • General Session presentations: the conference registration fee will be waived for a maximum of one speaker.

  • General Session panels: conference registration fees will be waived for one panel moderator and all panelists.

  • Tracks: conference registration fees will be waived for one moderator.

  • Tutorials: conference registration fees will be waived for one instructor.

NANOG Student Registration Fee Policy

College or university students that are enrolled in courses leading to a baccalaureate or graduate degree when the NANOG meeting occurs can attend the meeting for $100. Student registrations are limited to 20 per meeting and available on a first-come, first-served registration basis. Student verification will be required.

A student must verify their enrollment status by sending a copy of their class schedule by email to NANOG-Support.

Microphone Q&A Guidelines

Introduce yourself - Name & Affiliation

Keep questions brief & to the point - NOT statements

Be Courteous & Respectful


Information for Media Professionals

Members of the media who wish to receive complimentary attendance to NANOG require prior approval from the NANOG Executive Director. This approval process vets the publication or organization as to whether it is valid (i.e. has something to do with the Internet, Network, Technology, IT etc) and can meet the general aims of the NANOG Conference (appropriate PR, publicity, etc). The NANOG Executive Director will also work with the publication or organization on a future article about the conference.

As part of the approval process, the NANOG Executive Director will provide direction to the media as to who and what they can photograph. Taking photographs without the express prior consent from those being photographed is not permitted.

Once the media request has been approved, their attendance at NANOG will be by complimentary registration and they will receive a special badge with "MEDIA" written in large letters which they MUST wear while covering the conference.