In order to try to expand the local community a bit we are experimenting with a forum. Why a forum over a mailing list or something? Well, there’s already a lot of local mailing lists out there so we didn’t feel there was a need to create another one. Plus forums seem to work pretty well for Defcon.
Instead of it just being some blank forum with no real purpose we created a few groups à la Craigslist to address gaps that we felt existed in our area. Plus it looked like a great opportunity to get some group feedback on ways we can expand the site. Here’s a quick summary of the forum groups.
Event Announcements: Are you a local security pro looking for events going on locally? Are you an event organizer looking to announce meet ups and conferences to the local infosec community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the forum for you. It’s goal is to fill the gap between the vetted events we put in our calendar and everything else going on around the Metro DC area.
Buy/Sell/Trade Gear: Have some old security gear lying around that you need to get rid of? Just entering the security workforce and looking for some gear to play with? This forum is dedicated to those looking to buy, sell, or even trade this gear with other security pros in the local community.
Security Gigs: Are you a company looking to hire local security talent … or maybe a security rockstar fishing for that next step in your career? If so then this is the forum for you to get started. Full-time, part-time, contract, or temp … it all fits here. Complementing the vetted positions in our job board, this forum is a great place to escape the chaos of the mega-job sites.
NovaInfosec.com Feedback: We want to know how we’re doing… What sucks of what we do offer? What features would you like to see? This is the forum for you to be brutally honest with us so that we can help make the site better for the local community in the long run.
To get started just head on over to the forums page, login using Twitter (or several other social networking apps) and explore the forums for yourself.
What do you think of this forums idea? Excellent start to a great local community? Waste of time and redundant? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from Meronymy.com. See ya!