[Owasp-board] A new LinkedIn group for confirmed members only - A GMC proposal to OWASP board

Helen Gao helen.gao at owasp.org
Mon Apr 2 02:32:43 UTC 2012

Dear board directors,

I would like to provide you the feedback I have received regarding a new
LinkedIn group for confirmed members.



   - The proposal was sent to committees-chairs at lists.owasp.org (26
   addresses) and owasp-leaders at lists.owasp.org (568), on March 26, 2012.
   Email thread “A new LinkedIn group for confirmed OWASP members
only?” Leaders
   were asked to submit their feedback by Sunday, April 1.
   - As of April 1, 5 people responded by email and Google doc comments. I
   summarized the feedback to the 2 questions below.
      1. Do you think a new LinkedIn group for confirmed OWASP members will
      attract new members? Yes (3 out of 5) No (2)
      2. But will it alienate people? Yes (1)
   - Other feedback:
      1. Must add real values like @owasp.org email addresses and member
      2. LinkedIn is widely used in Singapore, not so much in China,
      Malaysia, and Vietnam.

On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM, Helen Gao <helen.gao at owasp.org> wrote:

> Dear board directors,
> I am submitting a proposal on behalf of the Membership Committee. The
> document<https://docs.google.com/a/owasp.org/document/d/1jxaF8srnud3yRVYwZDSfqX-xrBfXFGrcPtrV3rd9Uq0/edit#>has been shared with you 3/22/12. There are two main modifications.
> Qualified people include honorary members in addition to paid members.  A
> person will be removed from the group if his/her paid membership expires or
> he/she stops being qualified for honorary status. One issue remains open. Should
> all qualified people be automatically added to the group or each person has
> to request to join?
> A new LinkedIn group for confirmed members
> What's the issue:
>    - Currently there is a Global OWASP Foundation LinkedIn group<http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Global-OWASP-Foundation-36874>.
>    It is free and open.
>    - Michael has created a OWASP Confirmed Member<http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4342746&report%2Esuccess=TAGQm5_B9ecwEPi7AtV-NGJjHoJV7WxoFbipydZrtoVPNQgWOUnL8lZj8v4Fi_efzerGsu5jt1ZNxbgOz-yQ8GA_JKRAMRHOdq9GTte76LaFDnVn3UJvJ9HrtwZdeRxnzSnL05Yi8ixSheCQVUTLJuPjHSEFDntOORiL00SBEWCSCN2GOP53E3gwyQES_UVQ4mMvuF1jt1Z1NDmQIe7vu9PrkoadDQtpb_DnGQi>subgroup designed for paid and honorary members only. See Michael’s email
>    thread OWASP on Linkedin starting March 7, 2012.
>    - This document has been shared with the board and several other OWASP
>    personals on 3/22/12. Jason Li, Jim Manico, Kelly Satalucia and Michael
>    Coates have provided feedback as of 3/26/12. Helen Gao has modified the
>    document based on their feedback.
>    - This document will be submitted to the board on 3/26/12 for approval
>    prior to AppSec DC.
>    - Helen Gao will email this document to committee members and OWASP
>    leaders on 3/26/12. Helen will collect feedback and submit to the board
>    Sunday, 4/2/12.
> GMC’s recommendation – GMC discussed the matter in the March meeting.
>    - The existing free and open LinkedIn group<http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Global-OWASP-Foundation-36874>should not be changed or impacted by the new group.
>    - The name of the group is OWASP Confirmed Member. Confirmed means
>    paid and honorary membership.
>    - A new, OWASP Confirmed Member subgroup is a good idea to increase
>    membership.
>    - The new group should be used as and only as a digital membership
>    card which is similar to the printable membership card currently issued at
>    the end of a RegOnline payment transaction.
>    - There should be no discussion, forum or other content restricted by
>    this subgroup. OWASP material will remain free and open.
>    - We should avoid wording that alienate people and deviate from the
>    OWASP mission. We need to pay attention to content on OWASP website,
>    RegOnline, marketing material, etc.
>    - Protect member privacy in the subgroup
>    - OWASP reserves the right to remove a subgroup member
>    - There will be two ways to join the subgroup.
>       1. RegOnline – There will be a check box that say something like
>       this: Join LinkedIn for OWASP Confirmed Members: Yes/No LinkedIn
>       for OWASP Confirmed Members is a …. This a subgroup of Global OWASP
>       Foundation LinkedIn group which is open to all LinkedIn members.
>       The default option is No.
>       2. LinkedIn – A person can apply to join the subgroup on the
>       webpage and a request will be sent to the group administrator. Once the
>       applicant’s email address is confirmed to be a current paid or honorary
>       member then he/she will be added to the group.
>    - A person will be removed from the group if his/her paid membership
>       expires or he/she stops being qualified for honorary status.
>    FYI - The existing Global OWASP Foundation LinkedIn group<http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Global-OWASP-Foundation-36874>has 10k+ members. In the week of March 11, 2012, 86 people joined, 12
>    discussions took place and 7 jobs. It’s created in October, 2007.
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