[Ambassadors] inactive ambassadors, a proposed solution

Gaurav Prabhu g5_fosslover at yahoo.in
Fri Feb 20 18:25:59 UTC 2009

--- On Thu, 19/2/09, Max Spevack <mspevack at redhat.com> wrote:
From: Max Spevack <mspevack at redhat.com>
Subject: [Ambassadors] inactive ambassadors, a proposed solution
To: fedora-ambassadors-list at redhat.com
Date: Thursday, 19 February, 2009, 11:34 AM

The purpose of this email is to try to lay out a roadmap for solving, once and
for all, the question of inactive Fedora Ambassadors.


(1) Housekeeping.  All projects need to have their membership rosters pruned
from time to time.  In Ambassadors, this is particularly important because
non-Fedora people might get in touch with Ambassadors, and if they don't
receive a response, it looks like Fedora is ignorning them.  Other sub-projects
for which identifying inactive ambassadors are crucial is packaging.  If someone
drops off the face of the earth, their packages need to be given to a new owner.

Pages that need to a "refresh" policy:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/CountryList <-- I argue that
CountryList is the wrong name for this page, and it should be called Directory.


https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Ambassadors/Count <-- why do we even need
this page?  Doesn't the CountryList page serve the same purpose?

How often are these pages currently updated?  Is the process manual or
automated, or a mixture of both?

(2) Give a more prominent location to the "list of ambassadors per
country".  That page should be the most visited page in all of Fedora
Ambassadors.  People who are trying to find out about Fedora should be visiting
it, and Ambassadors who are looking for other Fedora folks near them should be
visiting it.

We should have something on fedoraproject.org that says "are you
interested in Fedora?  Find a Fedora Ambassador near you to give you some
information" and you type in your location, and it spits back a list of
Ambassadors near you.

(3) In order for any of (2) to be successful, we need to make sure that the
people who are listed as Ambassadors are actually paying attention to the
Ambassadors part of Fedora.  If someone is not, it doesn't mean that they
are a bad person -- it just means that they don't want to have to deal with
organizing events or asking questions from newbies to the project.

I wouldn't be offended if someone removed me from the Fedora Infrastructure
doesn't mean I'm a bad person or not a Fedora contributor, it just means
that I don't participate in that part of Fedora.


We come up with a policy that is simple, and fair.

An active ambassador is someone who:

1) Has joined the group in FAS.
2) Reads and/or posts on fedora-ambassadors-list.
3) Has a useful, up-to-date personal page on the Fedora wiki.

And does one or more of:

* Attends or organizes an event once in a release cycle.
* Maintains a blog on Planet Fedora, with about one post per month.
* Participates on fedora-list or fedoraforum.org to help people w/ questions.
* Indicates their willingness to mentor and guide new contributors or new


If someone is inactive, we *DO NOT* kick them out of the ambassadors group in
FAS, and we *DO NOT* remove them from fedora-ambassadors list.

But we should remove them from the "directory of Ambassadors sorted by
country", which I argue again needs to be much more visible and useful, so
that those inactive Ambassadors aren't being asked to do public-facing

When someone re-surfaces or has more time for Ambassadors, we put them back on
the directory.


Flame me.


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Though I agree with you on some points, but still I feel removing them is not the way out.
If they do not wish to contribute then it's their wish. Who are we to remove them from the list?
Also people have their own set of hurdles, diffculties. Some people are under a bad patch of their life.
Hence we cannot remove theme even if they do not post on mailing list. Take the example of myself, I just joined an month ago, still haven't
done anything since I do not have skills. I am still finding my foor in the Fedora community. Besides making some posts on the mailing list, I haven't done anything significant.
So If I were to be removed, I would feel rejected & would develop a negative attitude towards Fedora community. Even though I wish to return, I won't return for sure.
So I feel we should not be too strict. After all everybody loves Freedom.

Gaurav Prabhu

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