[Owasp-leaders] Wiki Currators

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Tue Feb 18 10:34:56 UTC 2014

When I ran for the board, cleaning up the Wiki was one of my main 
promises to the community.

I am happy to take lead on this if the staff and board finds it to be 

I have already been quietly working on this slowly with other folks, but 
I think it's time to kick it up a notch.


> Hi,
> I support the idea of volunteers cleaning up our Wiki "garden".
> But I would also like to suggest someone from our ops team to look 
> after this in addition - for maybe about 20%+ of their time (like 
> about 1 day per week or more) - at least until we get to a better state.
> Our Wiki pages are the most important public presentation we have as 
> And at the moment their current state leaves a lot of room for 
> improvement.
> The combination of volunteers and some time of a paid ops team member 
> could be the recipe to get this finally improved and maintained in a 
> consistent quality.
> Cheers, Tobias
> On 14/02/14 17:56, Abbas Naderi wrote:
>> I believe we had some discussions regarding this in the distant past.
>> This is definitely needed, and a real top priority.
>> For example, a few days ago someone contacted me regarding wrong information on the PHP Security Cheat Sheet, and I figured out that 7 people (non of whom I knew) had added wrong content to the cheat sheet since my last edit, with code snippets that many people were using in their software!
>> I'm also super busy with like 10 projects, and I usually ask other project members to do the wiki things, but they also have a lot of problems starting to use the wiki and making a nice looking useful page.
>> Unfortunately, I don't believe that we can solve this by volunteers. Maybe volunteers outside the OWASP community, or people who are not very busy with other stuff. Thats my personal take though.
>> Thanks
>> -Abbas
>> On Feb 14, 2014, at 12:45 PM, Michael Coates<michael.coates at owasp.org>  wrote:
>>> Leaders,
>>> Let's stroll down analogy lane for a moment. I'll start with comparing a wiki to a garden. A wiki gives many ideas a place to grow. But without a gardener, or several gardeners, the plants(ideas) can grow out of control. While there may be many beautiful flowers in the garden, they are in an obscure mess and may look like an wild jungle from anyone that views the garden from several feet away.
>>> Following this (bad?) analogy I'd like to suggest the following:
>>> We establish a group of interested volunteers to help maintain the order and structural quality of the owasp wiki. This is very similar to the idea of power users in wikipedia. This group is striving for order and clarity of our information data source.
>>> What does this mean:
>>> 1. We have a group that helps promote best practices for creating wiki pages on the owasp wiki. This will maximize use of categories, cross referencing & linking, etc
>>> 2. This group can help identify dead pages, old pages, duplicate content, etc
>>> 3. This group establishes best practices for what makes a good wiki pages (e.g. links to academic sources, research, accordance to owasp principles, etc)
>>> Note: This group would have no impact on the ability for people to edit pages. Nothing would change there.
>>> Requests from this group:
>>> 1. Update the wiki editing guidelines
>>> 2. Establish regular communication amongst your group on how to increase the order and quality of the structure of the owasp wiki
>>> 3. Communicate this concepts out to the leaders and to new contributors to owasp
>>> 4. Create ways of "tending the garden" so our wiki does not get out of control
>>> I'll post this info to the owasp global initiatives soon, but I first wanted to get the idea out for discussion.
>>> Thoughts? Anyone interested?
>>> --
>>> Michael Coates
>>> @_mwc
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