[Owasp-leaders] Incubator

Sethi, Rohit rohit at securitycompass.com
Thu Apr 7 12:07:34 EDT 2011

Hi all, one challenge a few people have articulated over the years is that there are too many OWASP projects and their quality varies dramatically. One way the committees have addresses this is to create the concept of "Alpha", "Beta", and "Release" quality projects with specific gating criteria for each. I think this is a good first step, but it's still challenging for people to determine which projects are really usable and which ones are experimental in the OWASP site.

Some people have argued that we should simply contract and focus on a few major projects. I respectfully disagree - it alienates hard working volunteers and potentially stifles innovation. On the other hand, there is something to be said about good information hiding and not overwhelming the site's users.

I know that there's an ongoing project to redesign the OWASP site. Maybe as part of that redesign we can suggest breaking the projects into "production" and "incubator"? This is basically mirroring the Apache project process: http://incubator.apache.org/ . All new projects would start in the incubator and would be promoted to the production site based on some criteria, such as actual usage.

BTW, I'm still waiting on hearing back from Jacob Kaplan-Moss about the security advisory list. I'll get back to you when I have some feedback.

Rohit Sethi
Vice President, Product Development
Security Compass & SD Elements
Twitter: rksethi

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