[Owasp-leaders] Seeking Your Feedback on OWASP Participation

Steven van der Baan steven.van.der.baan at owasp.org
Thu Feb 20 17:03:48 UTC 2014

Hi Josh,

this is a big problem.
I personally would refuse that person entrance to the meetings based on
the code of conduct, even if he/she is not a (paying) member.
I believe that anybody who is attending an OWASP meeting is bound by our
principles and code of ethics  And the behaviour that you described is
in clear violation of that.
However, there should be a possibility for the person to demonstrate the
willingness of abiding to the principles and be able to attend the
meetings again.

But that is just my point of view.

Good luck with it,

On 20/02/14 16:34, Josh Sokol wrote:
> 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"
> (http://www.owasp.org).
> 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."
> (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Chapter_Handbook/Chapter_2:_Mandatory_Chapter_Rules#Organize_free_and_open_meetings
> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Chapter_Handbook/Chapter_4:_Chapter_Administration#Mailing_Lists>)
> Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
> ~josh
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