[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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