[Ambassadors] Policy RFC: Dealing with Media (and no I don't meanCD/DVDs)

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Wed Aug 27 13:02:32 UTC 2008

Perhaps we should adapt the same policy as the #Fedora channel.  That the views expressed belong to that contributor and don't necessarily reflect all community members.  We should allow people to speak though - as ambassadors and community members.  Where possible it would be nice to use cute official policies, especially on issues of open source and licensing.


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-----Original Message-----
From: "David Nalley" <david at gnsa.us>

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 08:52:28 
To: <fedora-ambassadors-list at redhat.com>
Subject: Re: [Ambassadors] Policy RFC: Dealing with Media (and no I don't mean

On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 12:40 AM, inode0 <inode0 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:27 PM, Brian Powell <bpowell01 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I agree with what Quaid stated in the channel but I would want to
>> clarify exactly what "Big Things" constitute.
>> It was my understanding that the press releases in question are local
>> media not national and while local impressions are important if "we"
>> as Ambassadors are trusted and free to talk about Fedora at events etc
>> without restrictions why shouldnt the same hold true with local media?
>> This is of course unless an official policy is already in place that
>> everyone during the meeting was not aware of.
>> I would question though what exactly needs to occur if say the
>> following were to happen?  I present a speech about Fedora at my local
>> college Technology Symposium and there happens to be local media
>> coverage (ie newspaper, radio, or television) that I was not aware was
>> going to be there and they approach me for an interview, do I need to
>> turn them away because I need permission to talk with them first?
> I don't think you need permission at all. You just represented Fedora
> at your talk. This is what happens when developing policy - it always
> opens an endless can of worms. Writing policy that is useful is always
> hard, even for the simplest things. If you have doubts and have the
> opportunity check with the marketing group. If it just comes up then
> use your judgment.
> John

What I fear is that at some point there something will rub someone the
wrong way. I'd far rather have the opportunity to define the policy
that gets applied to us than live with whatever policy is born out of
reaction. That being said if the group consensus is that we remain
laissez-faire then that's fine too.

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