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Letter to Community to Start Cleanup

OWASP Community,

We need your volunteerism and subject matter expertise to help us clean up the OWASP wiki. This task is for the intellectual juggernaut, the mentally brave, and those who are willing to dig in when faced with a mountain of outdated and disorganized wiki pages about application security. We appreciate your help on this task a great deal and consider this to be a necessary ongoing effort, not a static endeavor.

  1. Please start by reading some of the wiki-editors archive to see our conversations and how our decisions evolved.
  2. Next, please review the templates for labeling.
    1. Template 1 for labeling content as needs deleting, historical, inactiveDraft, merge, old, partialOld or pls_review:
    2. Template 2 for labeling good content as being reviewed:
  3. Please use the categories described below #Wiki Categories used for Cleanup to tag pages in progress. Some pages may be generic tagged (tagged with no attribution) for review - unsure whats wrong, but needs someone to look at it. Additionaly there is a "popular" category to label up to date content that still needs frequent review. , which is a common Category but not one used for the cleanup.
  4. As you move forward and work on content, some wiki pages just need to be tagged in some way, some wiki pages will need to REDIRECTED to other more relevant content, some wiki pages content great but incomplete work and will need to be finished or updated in some way.
  5. Also consider just grinding through the FixME pages - lots of deprecated content here that needs tagging.
  6. Anther approach is to hit google for different OWASP projects and see what pops up first, and update or deprecate those pages so we can clean up more higher priority items.
  7. Another approach is to pick a topic (like XSS, or SQL Injection) and search for all pages on those items, and see if anything can be merged. Post anything you find to the owasp-wiki-editors list. Please use the "merge" template label for pages of this kind.
  8. When you do see duplicate content that needs merging, consider merging into one page and redirect the old page to the new merged page. Redirecting is better than deleting since it preserves search engine points of entry.
  9. This is still a work in progress, so please any other advice here is appreciated. Join us at !

Wiki Cleanup Notes

  1. What's the problem (describe a few google searches that lead to out of date OWASP wiki pages)
    1. Shows links to 2013, 2010, and 2007 T10
    2. Shows 2007 T10 hits
  2. What's some good ways to keep an eye on this better moving forward (like tagging popular pages for more careful review)
  3. Describe the tagging system for legacy, dead or good content content that needs updating, etc...
  4. Describe a few search mechanisms to find content that needs review and tagging
  5. Leverage the community to help us update the wiki!

Wiki Categories used for Cleanup

Following mediawiki categories are uses to tag pages
[[Category:FIXME/delete‏‎]] recommended for permanent deletion
[[Category:FIXME/design]] recommended for good content that needs to be redesigned to look better
[[Category:FIXME/historical]] out of date but archived for historical context
[[Category:FIXME/inactiveDraft]] draft content that was never finished
[[Category:FIXME/merge]] duplicate content that needs to be merged with another doc
[[Category:FIXME/old]] old content that needs updating
[[Category:FIXME/partialOld‏‎]] old content that needs updating
[[Category:FIXME/pls review]] recently updated, requesting review
[[Category:FIXME/reviewed/2014‏‎]] recommended when good content has been reviewed that needs no changes
[[Category:FIXME/reviewed/2015]] recommended when good content has been reviewed that needs no changes
[[Category:FIXME/reviewed/2016‏‎]] recommended when good content has been reviewed that needs no changes


  1. OWASP Wiki Special Pages:
  2. Top 500 of all time:
  3. Google traffic statistics:
  4. Templates
    1. "Tagged" template:
    2. "Reviewed" template: