How many Contacts are required per team ?

Nicholas Ng nbliang at
Wed Jan 20 23:24:01 GMT 2010


Personally, I think that if your team is confident that the contact
person can be contacted all (or most of) the time, then 1 person
should be enough, but if that contact person might be busy, then a
secondary or even a team contact should be included / provided as well
so that other members (in the contact team) can act upon any incoming
matters or issues to the team.


Nicholas Ng

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM, Matthew East <mdke at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM, Laura Czajkowski
> <laura at> wrote:
>> Matthew East wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 7:44 PM, Hollman Enciso R.
>>> <hollman.enciso at> wrote:
>>>> Recently we have created the Ubuntu Colombian Council in order to divide
>>>> responsabilities in the administration. We currently have 5 members of the
>>>> council, including myself, the LoCo contact.
>>>> At the last meeting of the council they asked me that which scenario
>>>> may delegate more than a LoCo conctact? under which circumstances?
>>>> or if it exist some restriccion to have more than one official contact per
>>>> team. I have no found an answer so I ask the question here in the list.
>>> I don't know if there is an official answer to this but my personal
>>> view is that a LoCo contact should be an individual as the whole point
>>> of the role is to have an individual who can be contacted when
>>> necessary. I believe that not every local team does things this way
>>> though. It would be quite good to have the LoCo Council clarify the
>>> issue.
>> I brought this up at last nights LoCo Council meeting, the consensus is
>> that it should be left up to the team to work out. Many teams operate
>> differently, some have a leader, others a team, and even some have
>> councils. It would be best left up to them to work out what suits them.
>> Depending on the make up of the LoCo , it makes sense in terms of
>> volunteers to have multiple people because people get busy, go on
>> holiday etc so long as it doesnt lead to confusion or lack of
>> communication between members of the "leadership".
> I appreciate all of those things but it sounds like you are talking
> about LoCo leaders rather than LoCo contacts: these are rather
> different principles. I feel that certainly teams should be able to
> decide whether or not they should be lead by an individual, by a
> council, or not at all. However the contact fulfils a different role -
> as an identifiable point of contact for Canonical in relation to
> requesting CDs or for the wider community to get in touch with that
> team. Have I misunderstood you?
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