[ubuntu-uk] Citizens rejoice! Your Lord and Master stands on high, playing track 3.

Alan Pope alan at popey.com
Mon Oct 1 10:59:25 BST 2007


Hi Norman,

On Mon, 2007-10-01 at 10:39 +0100, norman wrote:

> What I wanted to achieve was an explanation of why it is seen to be
> necessary, by UK Ubuntu users, to have a team leader.

We don't have a leader. The role is "Point of Contact", nothing more.

>  Now, a point of
> contact is a different matter and, provided that person passes
> information and requests to Canonical from the UK users, or the other
> way about, 

It's not just Canonical of course. As I see it, it's anyone who wants to
talk to the UK community. They don't have to go through the Point of
Contact of course, but some people like to deal with one person. Others
are of course at liberty to contact the community directly through the
mailing list or IRC channel, or to contact individuals in the community
directly. There is no imposed protocol, more an implied one.

It's also useful for LoCo to LoCo contact. I think it's part of the PoC
role to disseminate information from other LoCo teams (announcements and
offers of help for example) to us where appropriate.

>  than I say more
> strength to his or her elbow. I assume the real reason is to help to
> promote the widening use of Ubuntu and to assist in its improvement and
> development.
> 

That's part of it, but I don't think that's the PoCs responsibility.
There are over 200 people in the UK LoCo team. I don't think it should
fall on the head of one person to advocate and promote Ubuntu use in the
UK. We should all be doing that as a matter of course. The PoC might
just be able to help co-ordinate in places, or maybe liase with other
groups (like LUGs) to help where they can.

I guess what I'm saying is the PoC is both constrained (given its name)
in remit but also flexible in that the person should be able to adapt to
situations that come up. That's my interpretation anyway.

> I have always admired Alan for the initiative he has taken even though I
> may not necessarily always agree with his approach and my comments in no
> way are intended in a derogatory manner. Alan's efforts in initiating
> the tutorial videos were admirable and leave me wondering how he finds
> time to keep doing them. I too wish him the best of luck and only wish I
> were in a position to be able to be really helpful.
> 

Many thanks for the kind words Norman. It's the feedback that I get
about the screencasts that makes me want to make more of them.

Cheers,
Al.
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