[Owasp-leaders] Wiki Currators

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Wed Feb 19 10:01:48 UTC 2014

 > 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.

I have time for this. I'm taking time off work to focus on writing and 
this is core to the success of the foundation. I'll need help; but I can 
certainly take point on leading this effort. I've already spoke to Adam 
from the WikiMedia foundation and he gave me a lot of ideas as to how we 
can go about this.

I'm on it and will keep you all posted, especially the operations staff.

Jim Manico
OWASP 2x4 Member


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

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