RES: [Ambassadors] inactive ambassadors, a proposed solution

Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay foss.mailinglists at
Fri Feb 20 05:44:26 UTC 2009

2009/2/20 Kevin Higgins <crossbytes at>:

> Every Computer System that we put out into the Schools has Fedora Installed
> and I have  to do a presentation at every School several times over.. but I
> would not consider these "Events" based on the above requirements I
> would be considered a non-active Ambassador..and I do think that I am very
> active and contributing a lot to the Open Source Community and in Particular
> Fedora..

Let's ask a simple question - do schools and folks in your region who
want to know/learn_about/install Fedora *know* that you are the Fedora
Ambassador ? And, if they want to get some activity going around
Fedora they can contact you and get
support/help/guidance/participation ?

>From what I read in your response, the answer is a 'Yes'. And, for me
that is an Ambassador.

Now, let's take the other point-of-view. A person who is a Fedora
Ambassador has the name listed on the web-page. Someone in the region
wants this Ambassador to help out in some Fedora/FOSS related event
and yet receives no response. This could be because of a number of
reasons, but the bottom-line remains the same. The potential
participant in the Fedora Project goes back disappointed.

As the project grows and, we have more Ambassadors, such cases have a
tendency to increase. A mail asking the Ambassadors about what they
have been doing or, what help they need is a way of figuring how
active they are. Just as on IRC, a 'ping' followed by a 'pong'
encourages conversation, it does so in real life. We need to see the
'pong' (s) because we then know whom to point new entrants to.

A Fedora Ambassador is an Ambassador for life unless they cause
immense harm to the Fedora principles, foundations and our general way
of collaboration. No one is planning to throw them off the boat, we
would rather give them space to allow them to come back into their
role once their 'daily life' (or, whatever keeps them away) is set.

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