[Owasp-leaders] Seeking Your Feedback on OWASP Participation

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Thu Feb 20 16:34:35 UTC 2014

OWASP Leaders,

Let's say that there is an individual in your local security community who
is routinely feuding with other security professionals in the area.  No
physical violence, but fairly frequent name calling, negative insinuations,
etc.  Their attendance at your OWASP functions (metings, happy hours,
conferences, etc) makes other people uncomfortable due to their tendency to
cause problems and perhaps these people have even said that they will not
attend these events if this individual is also in attendance.  Attempts to
seek peace with the individual have failed and the behavior will not
change.  What do you do?  Is it acceptable to ban them from these events?
Do you allow this one rotten apple to spoil the bunch because OWASP policy
says that we are free and open to all?  Is there a point where an
individual becomes enough of a distraction that we should consider banning
them from OWASP altogether?

A couple of points of reference:

Our mission statement says "everyone is free to participate in OWASP" (

Our Chapter Handbook says "Local chapter meetings must be free for everyone
to attend, regardless of whether the attendee is a paid member, and open to
anyone." (

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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