[Owasp-board] OWASP Community Vote - Board Review

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Tue Apr 1 16:32:49 UTC 2014

Some people consider anything they didn't explicitly ask for to be SPAM.
It goes beyond conferences.  Job postings?  Discounted training?  Happy
hours?  What about meetings for other organizations?  The way the Chapter
Leader Handbook currently addresses this is by saying that it is up to the
individual chapter leader.  While I was leading the OWASP Austin Chapter, I
just had all of these people asking if they could send to the list send to
me instead.  I would send out a newsletter every 2-4 weeks letting people
know what was going on and I'd bubble down all of that information into the
single communication.  Some may still have considered it SPAM, but at least
it came from me and was in one e-mail instead of several.  In my opinion,
there is value in each of the things I mention above.  I would hate for a
global anti-SPAM policy to trump my ability as a leader to offer these
things that can possibly add value back to our members.


On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM, Dennis Groves <dennis.groves at owasp.org>wrote:

> Interesting point Josh,
> But then advertisers can reach out specifically to chapter leaders and not
> post directly to the list.
> I guess it becomes what is the nature of the word advertisement. In my
> head it I think of it as a 'no-spam' policy. However, your point is taken
> that perhaps I would like to inform my people about XYZCon happening in our
> community - which 'could be' a form of advertisement of XYZCon.
> Dennis
> On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> My personal feeling is that any advertisements should be sent to the
>> chapter leader and not to the list.  The chapter leader then has the
>> responsibility to decide if the offer is of value to the members and
>> whether to pass it along or not.
>> ~josh
>> On Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM, Fabio Cerullo <fcerullo at owasp.org>wrote:
>>> hi there,
>>> I'm going to submit a community vote to the leaders list this Friday 4th
>>> April.
>>> *OWASP "No-Advertising" Policy*
>>> At present our rules are not clear on commercial advertising through the
>>> OWASP mailing lists and some chapters allow this and others don't.  It has
>>> been suggested to have a "no advertising" policy on all of our mailing
>>> lists.  So then the question is "what is advertising?"  Any commercial
>>> activity such as training, consulting services, or paid conferences. These
>>> activities have to be reviewed and handled by OWASP HQ before posting them
>>> to the mailing lists.
>>> https://docs.google.com/a/owasp.org/forms/d/1R_u0eRFsc5VQpmcWelUfck5hDuLPsmEpA_jDHKu87Qk/viewform
>>> Your comments are welcome.
>>> Thanks
>>> Fabio
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