[Owasp-board] Rethinking startegy regarding projects

johanna curiel curiel johanna.curiel at owasp.org
Thu Nov 26 09:19:30 UTC 2015

Leaders and members of the board

As former member of the project review team, I have been observing the
increasing issues related with projects
Fact is, we do not have enough volunteers nor staff to support and watch
quality of projects, do reviews and have a supervison on them.

More than often, projects become dormant or inactive.
Recently The misuse of owasp brand have been an issue with projects like
Benchmark and recent  complains of users from The PHPSEC project. But this
is an on going issue.

I think is time that OWASP rethink its strategy regarding projects

Maybe instead of trying to offer a platform that is not sustainable, owasp
should adopt and sponsor projects  that already have established a name on
their own

Nothing stops a dedicated individual to start an open source project on his
own. In The past when owasp was a small organization ran by dedicated
volunteers, it worked for these couple of projects, but right now is out of
hand. Take a look how many active projects are actually being mantained.

Mantaining a project takes a lot of dedication and this is what People need
to realize when starting an open source project

What I see quite often is People wanting to misuse Owasp brand instead of
willing to pull a project
Major reason I quit from reviewing and the fact that we do not have
feasible resources to produce projects that are sustainable in the long

I'm also cancelling the proposal with regards of bounty source program.
Reality is that without dedicated efforts and resources , it wont be


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