[Owasp-leaders] Security 101 Mailing List?

Dennis Groves dennis.groves at owasp.org
Thu Jan 26 00:09:57 UTC 2012

Brilliant spotting Michael, your intuition is pure genius!

This is aligned with a founding principle - nobody is an expert at everything, and everybody is a novice at something. And the principle of 'open as inclusive' - OWASP is supposed to be the 'safe place' that anybody can come and learn about security.

OWASP really needs to get back to this!  

There should always, always be a safe place for so called 'dumb' questions. And in fact on some level the number of 'dumb' questions being asked is a real measure of success.  

This is not to say that we should all go around asking dumb questions; but rather that the more tolerant the environment to the 'new to security', or 'just plan new; because they are young' – who feel that it is a safe place to come and ask the new questions is evidence of two things:  

1) we are the goto place for answers
2) we are a safe and supportive place to learn those answers

I feel that massive value is created by fostering such environments, and that this is one of the very best ways you can cause lasting and meaningful impact in the world.  

Dennis Groves (http://about.me/dennis.groves), MSc
dennis.groves at gmail.com (mailto:dennis.groves at gmail.com)

On Wednesday, 25 January 2012 at 23:26, Michael Coates wrote:

> One important thing for this new list would be that it's a safe place to ask "dumb" questions. I think we could really distinguish ourselves here since many people are nervous about jumping into a more technical mailing list and just getting the "Did you google it?" type answer.

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