[Owasp-board] Proposal for new global OWASP mailing-list "owasp-all"

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Fri Feb 14 19:59:39 UTC 2014


== Proposal ==

(I post this first to the OWASP board list for initial feedback and if
the idea catches some general support, we can then either just create
the list and see how things go or propose a discussion of this on the

*I propose to create a new mailing-list "owasp-all". *

*Reasoning:* to open global OWASP discussions to the global community,
beyond the leaders-list.
Over the last months and years, I noticed that we had a number of
discussions on the "leaders-list" that should in fact have been open to
many more of our members and active contributor as well. Like proposing
new ideas for projects and initiatives or e.g. the discussion about RSA
and the OWASP security statement.
Note: The leaders-list will remain very important and essential for all
project and chapter leadership questions.
I just like to enable normal OWASP members and contributors to exchange
ideas and cooperate across chapter boundaries as well. For example it
would be nice if OWASP members could coordinate worldwide across
chapters to start projects and initiatives or spontaneously join
together for a new OWASP initiative. Some of these discussions currently
happen informally somewhere in the hallway of a conference, or are done
on the leaders list and then sometimes communicated into the local
chapters - or not. Which IMHO leaves out the many OWASP members and
active contributors, who might be interested in joining interesting new
projects or starting new initiatives or voicing their opinion about what
OWASP should do in global questions, but who can not participate in the
discussion directly because they are not chapter leaders or project

So my proposal is to create a new mailing-list:
*Name: "**owasp-all"*
(or alternative name ideas: "owasp-owasp", "owasp-world", ...)
*Scope: **
*topics in-scope of this mailing-list are new project and initiative
ideas that are looking for other fellow contributors and volunteers and
news that are relevant and valuable for the global OWASP community.
Explicitly out of scope is everything that can be discussed in a
specific project or chapter or group of chapters, and topics that are
already covered by the scope of any other mailing-list like the
governance and project lists.
And as this is a global mailing-list with potentially a lot of
subscribers, we ask members to be very cautious and conservative in
posting there and follow the scope definition very carefully.
Furthermore, please refrain from cross-posting to this mailing-list. And
be considerate whether you really need to reply to the whole list of
thousands of people if e.g. you just want to sign up to a new
initiative. A direct reply to the person who sent the initial message
can spare others a lot of email traffic.

*Target group: **
*all OWASP leaders, active contributors and those who are interested in
joining a project or initiative and don't know yet which one, OWASP
members, and anyone interested in the global OWASP community.

*Sign-up: **
*The list is free for anyone to subscribe / unsubscribe.
At the start, I suggest that the list should be pre-filled with all
members of the leaders-list and all OWASP members (as per the membership
list) with the option to unsubscribe like from any other free mailing-list.
Going forward I propose to add a flag at the membership renewal form
(i.e. when you pay your membership fee) that you want to be on the
global "OWASP-all" mailing-list (with the default setting to be "yes").
And I would appreciate if we could send an email to all chapter
mailing-lists to inform people there about this new global OWASP
community mailing-list which is open to everyone.

Please note that I don't know whether we would need a board vote for
this mailing-list to be created or could just do it.
So I err on the side of caution and ask for feedback and possibly a
board vote for approval.

All the best,


Tobias Gondrom
OWASP Global Board Member
OWASP CISO Survey Project Lead
email: tobias.gondrom at owasp.org <mailto:tobias.gondrom at owasp.org>
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