[Owasp-board] Comments sent off list
josh.sokol at owasp.org
Wed Feb 5 20:29:13 UTC 2014
I will say here that instances where comments are sent off list should be
extremely few and far between. We, the Board, are elected representatives
and our actions should be performed for open analysis by our voting
constituents (the OWASP membership). I feel that the real line here is
between "I'm keeping this confidential for the benefit of someone else" vs
"I'm keeping this confidential for the benefit of myself". With the
former, I think that exceptions can be made in order to facilitate
communications with others who do not want to go on record. That said, the
latter is typically an indication of an attempt to hide something or shield
yourself from judgement. It's a likely sign that you should reconsider
whether it's worth saying at all. Perhaps this is an oversimplification,
but I generally subscribe to the idea that a man who has nothing to hide,
has nothing to fear. In short, I will seek to use the lists and shy away
from private communications as much as possible, but do respect others
rights to privacy.
On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>wrote:
> By design our mailing list are all public. This is part of our open
> organization and something I support. I continue to encourage to always use
> the public lists for all official communications.
> However, the public lists also creates scenarios where people may wish to
> communicate off list and not have their comments public and archived.
> Although we are an open organization I think this is an unavoidable
> situation and a normal element of human communication.
> While I think we should always default to the list, I also think that
> whenever a thread is started off a list, we should honor the sender and
> keep that thread off list.
> More specifically, this means that if we eventually want to bring the
> topic to a public thread, it is respectful to not just directly forward the
> entire thread. Instead craft a new email to the list with the necessary
> info for discussion.
> Michael Coates
> Owasp-board mailing list
> Owasp-board at lists.owasp.org
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