I'd like to propose putting together some kind of resource for getting started in information security. There are several use cases that I think this could address.
- Many users try asking a "How do I get started" or "What books do you recommend" kinds of questions only for the question to be closed. This is intentional, as those kinds of subjective questions are out of scope for this website.
- Many users attempt a question but don't have enough of an understanding to properly ask it, and attempting to answer the question would require a book of an explanation.
I feel strongly that many new users get very discouraged when they ask a poorly written question because they don't understand the technical details. While we want the site to dissuade poorly asked questions, we also want to be welcoming to those just learning the ropes.
Do we have, or can we put together, a canonical resource of getting into information security. I have a few ideas of how we could achieve this:
- A limited set of
communityowned questions, with a special
- A page (or several) in the help section, describing resources to get started.
- Blog posts. (By the way, I've been active for quite a while and I never knew there was a blog. Some additional promotion for the blog should be considered).
- Tag Wikis. An effort would be undertaken to edit the tag wikis and add a "getting started" section.
I think there are benefits and drawbacks to all of the ideas above, but what I absolutely think is necessary is that the community have the ability to say: "I'm sorry, but this question does not show that there is enough understanding to provide a suitable answer. Please check out this resource and please feel free to come back when you have a more specific question."