Re: [Full-disclosure] Announcement posts and the charter (was Re: INSECT Pro 2.5.1 released)



What to do about it? It's not moderated?

Just ignore stuff and use the often used key called delete. Simple as that
=)

// rancor
Den 12 apr 2011 21.16 skrev "Steve Pinkham" <steve.pinkham@xxxxxxxxx>:
On 04/12/2011 09:04 AM, phil wrote:
Just keep that simple, the post hit the non acceptable content.

"Gratuitous advertisement, product placement, or self-promotion is
forbidden."



My opinion, but if the product could be free, like it was, then I don't
mind seeing those kind of post, but for anything commercial FD is not
there for that.


I agree, but think that intuition should be inscribed in more precise
language.

That whole sentence starts out with "Gratuitous", which to me seems to
be unclear to both native and non-native speakers alike. IMHO It's just
too easy to justify to yourself that what you are doing is does not
violate wording of the charter, and therefore I think the charter should
be more explicit.

When would it be OK(non-gratuitous) to mention a tool? When it comes
with a new vulnerability class? When it was used to find a particular
flaw? When it shows a novel way of finding flaws of a particular class?
When the tool is Open Source, such that the tool is an embodiment of
knowledge being shared?

This whole issue with INSECT Pro show a lack of consensus on what
advertisement means, and what kicked it off was a disagreement about
what the definition of a "free" product is.

I'm coming around to the idea that the rules should be based on
knowledge transfer. My intuition is that only projects with OSI
approves licenses should be allowed(as Tim argued), unless you are
releasing a tool of any sort along with a new class of vulnerability.
Also, announcements of more then 1 per six months should be forbidden
for any project. This would serve as a sort of default deny rule to
keep the most annoying types of announcements at bay.

Any other thoughts?

The other posibility is the current wording sufficient as a simple
"Don't be a dick" kind of rule, and more specific rules would be lost on
those who have no problem with being a dick. I would argue that more
guidance in the charter on this issue might be worthwile for the
majority of people who do not in fact want to break Wheaton's law.



-phil

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