Dude Protocol

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This is from a place I worked at. It is a really great idea so I have summarized it here in case some other place wishes to implement a similar procedure. The original work was done by a really great guy named Marc Wensauer (http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcwensauer).


A mechanism to provide an indication to a user that he or she has left a system unattended with an unprotected, active user interface.

The act of duding is not malicious, recognize that the fault lies with the person that failed to lock the system and not with the person duding the system. The act of duding is an accepted part of company culture and one of the fun aspects of working at this company. A person with malicious intent would not send a dude message to the Fun distribution list but would do something harmful instead, possibly without even being detected. The person that failed to lock the system should take the duding as a friendly and good-natured reminder to be more attentive.


 To: Fun
 Subject: [Dd]ude!

 MSG2 <reply all>:
 To: <MSG1 Sender>; Fun
 Subject: RE: [Dd]ude!*


Anti-Dude Devices


Work groups and teams have the right to prohibit execution of the dude protocol by other group/team members within the confines of a shared space.

The prohibition does not extend to non-group/team members. As that would indicate that it is acceptable to leave a system unlocked while shared space is occupied by group members if such a prohibition is in effect. However, protection of systems in the shared space is the responsibility of all team members. A non-team member is allowed to execute the Dude Protocol on systems in unoccupied shared spaces. The Dude Protocol may be executed even if the shared space is occupied if the team members are not paying attention to unlocked system(s). If a team member tells someone to stop the Dude Protocol may not be executed any way.

Individuals executing the Dude Protocol should not use the system to do anything other than executing the the Dude Protocol (e.g. do not read other emails, look at or post to web pages, look at browser history, look at or use other running applications, open or copy files, etc.). In short, do not intrude on someone's privacy or compromise their system.

Any individual executing the Dude Protocol is required to follow through and lock the system after sending the Dude email.

If caught while Duding someone, stop immediately if you are asked to stop, otherwise you are inviting escalation. Likewise, when catching someone Duding, do not engage in behavior that can be interpreted as physically threatening.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0242423/ Dude, Where's My Car?

http://www.hulu.com/watch/12169/dude-wheres-my-car-dude-sweet dude sweet clip

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2008-12-07/ Dilbert has an anti-dude device

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