[Owasp-board] Member Nation Portal

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Mon Apr 7 02:13:52 UTC 2014

Considering that none of them have even logged into the current Ning social
media platform, I have to assume that their evaluations were based solely
on the functionality that they wanted, rather than what would benefit the
OWASP community as a whole.


On Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 7:16 PM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>wrote:

> I know there is a ton of integration into our existing sales force data
> and many other benefits when Sarah and team evaluated. I'll wait for
> Sarah's update and thoughts.
> On Apr 6, 2014 4:35 PM, "Josh Sokol" <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Last week I spent some time with Kate going through the functionality and
>> features of the Salesforce Communities and I have to say that I'm a bit
>> disgruntled.  For two years now we've had the http://my.owasp.org Ning
>> site with way more features and over 300 members and now we want to move to
>> this Salesforce portal thing?  Maybe if some of the staff took the time to
>> use the existing social media platform, then they would realize just how
>> much this Salesforce one sucks.  And I'm working on the conversion to Ning
>> 3.0 right now which adds a ton of additional features as well (
>> http://myowasp2.ning.com).  It looks better, works better, and already
>> has some level of backing from our membership.  Why would we roll out a
>> lesser version of what we already have?  I went into this with the hopes
>> that the new platform would blow Ning out of the water and I could get rid
>> of it, but I left feeling like we should still maintain the Ning platform
>> because Salesforce just doesn't have the features necessary to be usable.
>> Simple things like rich text formatting, user messaging, photo sharing,
>> video sharing, etc.  If we had nothing, then it would work, but why anyone
>> would prefer Salesforce over Ning is beyond me.  In addition, I'll note
>> that the "Logout" link in this Salesforce portal does not exist on every
>> page which makes it difficult for users to log out and can become a
>> security issue.  Needless to say, this is very frustrating.
>> ~josh
>> On Sun, Apr 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>  Sarah/Michael,
>>> The original proposal for the member nation portal discussed that it
>>> would manage "event types, memberships, and donations as well as an
>>> integrated eCommerce solution". This is awesome. I think will be a great
>>> thing for the community and staff.
>>> https://docs.google.com/a/owasp.org/document/d/1yDTFCdmmZN3t732sqHTOFHMhQrXgUC46YbgDhGROcXM/edit?pli=1
>>> Did we also plan to use this for application security/wiki content or
>>> for OWASP project management? We never discussed that when we voted on the
>>> member nation proposal. I though the portal was mostly going to be for
>>> eCommerce streamlining, like the proposal said.
>>> Has the scope grown? Sarah, can you give the board an update on the
>>> member nation portal and what it's purpose will be? I see from recent email
>>> that we plan to use it for project management? What will that look like?
>>> Thanks all, Jim
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