Purpose:

This FAQ and Community Guidelines page outlines what is expected behavior on the Bugcrowd community forum. The Bugcrowd community is here for everyone, from all walks of life, and as such we’ve created these guidelines to ensure that we have a safe and welcoming place for all.

Please read through this document to understand how to use the Bugcrowd forum. We look forward to having you in our community.

What we expect from you:

Be Kind.

Be Respectful.

Be Helpful and help us all improve ourselves. We do this through honest and insightful discussion with our peers. Collaborate with others.

Disclosure Guidelines: Don’t drop 0-days and don’t share confidential vulnerability or customer information here. We expect everyone to use the proper channels to disclose security vulnerabilities or to communicate about a vulnerability submission. Similarly, we expect you to follow any guidelines and rules that a particular bug bounty or company may have regarding information disclosure. Please read and abide by Bugcrowd’s standard disclosure terms.

Report bad behavior. As a member of this community you have the ability to impact what appears on this forum. If you see something that violates our guidelines, please flag the post to notify our team. We will remove content that violates these guidelines, and if the situation calls for it we will remove forum permissions from a user.


This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion forum with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely aids to the human judgment of our community. Use these guidelines to keep this a clean, well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But, remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling.
  • Ad hominem attacks.
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content.
  • Knee-jerk contradiction.

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

Your Participation Counts

The conversations we have here set the tone for everyone. Help us influence the future of this community by choosing to engage in discussions that make this forum an interesting place to be — and avoiding those that do not.

Discourse provides tools that enable the community to collectively identify the best (and worst) contributions: favorites, bookmarks, likes, flags, replies, edits, and so forth. Use these tools to improve your own experience, and everyone else’s, too.

Let’s try to leave our park better than we found it.

If You See a Problem, Flag It

Moderators have special authority; they are responsible for this forum. But so are you. With your help, moderators can be community facilitators, not just janitors or police.

When you see bad behavior, don’t reply. It encourages the bad behavior by acknowledging it, consumes your energy, and wastes everyone’s time. Just flag it. If enough flags accrue, action will be taken, either automatically or by moderator intervention.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Always Be Civil

Nothing sabotages a healthy conversation like rudeness:

  • Be civil. Don’t post anything that a reasonable person would consider offensive, abusive, or hate speech.
  • Keep it clean. Don’t post anything obscene or sexually explicit.
  • Respect each other. Don’t harass or grief anyone, impersonate people, or expose their private information.
  • Respect our forum. Don’t post spam or otherwise vandalize the forum.

These are not concrete terms with precise definitions — avoid even the appearance of any of these things. If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you would feel if your post was featured on the front page of the New York Times.

This is a public forum, and search engines index these discussions. Keep the language, links, and images safe for family and friends.

We’ve also outlined below some unacceptable behaviors & materials that will not be allowed in this community.


##Unacceptable behavior:

Harassment, including:

  • offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion,
    disability
  • use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides)
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • harassing materials, photography or recording
  • inappropriate physical contact (at any Bugcrowd or industry events),
    and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Making unjustified accusations against other user(s)
  • Personal attacks, including hurtful, insulting or hostile comments.

Keep It Tidy

Make the effort to put things in the right place, so that we can spend more time discussing and less cleaning up. So:

  • Don’t start a topic in the wrong category.
  • Don’t cross-post the same thing in multiple topics.
  • Don’t post no-content replies.
  • Don’t divert a topic by changing it midstream.
  • Don’t sign your posts — every post has your profile information attached to it.

Rather than posting “+1” or “Agreed”, use the Like button. Rather than taking an existing topic in a radically different direction, use Reply as a Linked Topic.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

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Consequences

Content that violates these guidelines may be removed, and violations of these guidelines can result in a warning and/or removal of access to elements of the site or features. In some instances, the offender will be removed from the Bugcrowd community and Bugcrowd bounties. All policy enforcement and member consequence decisions are made entirely at the discretion of Bugcrowd. Staff decisions are final and considered private matters between Bugcrowd’s staff and the member(s) involved. If there are any questions about a recent action taken on your account, please contact Bugcrowd Support for details.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by our TOS.