This may come across as a bit of a rant, and I suppose it is in a way.
There has been a fair few discussions recently about the new openSUSE Ambassadors with a primary focus on the creation of collatoral for the role, which I personally think is a waste of time and effort. The time and effort would best be spent on what resources are needed, organisation, implementation etc.
As far as I was aware the Ambassador is effectively the same role as Ubuntu's LoCo Team Lead and Fedora's Ambassador; whose role is to organise the local openSUSE fathful, distribute openSUSE merchandise, be a contact point to assist with questions etc.
Why on earth is there such a focus on collatoral? People who give talks on openSUSE or atttend events representing openSUSE do not need to be Ambassadors nor should they be! If people are signing up for the role just so they can add "Ambassador" to their signature then they should not be accepted. Personally I think only accepted members should be allowed to be Ambassadors.
Reasoning behind this is 1) they have signed the guiding principles. 2) they have a proven contribution record. 3) they are known to the Board. 4) there needs to be some form of filtering the chaff from the wheat.
Now point 4 may sound harsh, but it is needed especially as there is a high volume of Trolls around again (not just with openSUSE). The Ambassador would be an ideal point of contact for the Board to verify if an applicant has indeed been spreading openSUSE in a good & faithful manner etc.
Now if people still want to create templates for presentations/twitter/business cards or whatever collatoral, then great, but for all that is holy drop the "Ambassador" part. Just make it a general item that anyone wishing to participate can use!
Thanks for all the fish,
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Andrew Wafaa, openSUSE Member: FunkyPenguin
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