The wiki page:
The mailing list post:
Originally Posted by Peter Garrat/Matt Zimmerman@ubuntu-devel
certainly a good move...matt is absolutely right. the difference is simply too huge.
however some distance is needed...because if they're too close, the dev's will be flooded by requests from the community. there needs to be a way to find a compromise within the two. maybe the developers should drop in on the forums a couple of times a month and just say "hey whats shakin'?" to get some words flowing back and forth....
As I posted to the ubuntu-devel list, Gentoo already have a "user representative" system.
1. Most "ideas" are not practical at all and, thus, are not really ideas. For example, a frustrated new user saying "Ubuntu needs better wireless support." Gee, thanks. How does Ubuntu do that?
2. Threads that discuss an ideas ad nauseum usually have only one or two real proposals. For example, the whole CNR thing had hundreds of posts, but the only distinct ideas were: A) Include an easy link to install CNR, B) Make CNR the default Ubuntu package manager, C) Don't include CNR in any way. Not all of the hundreds of posts were offering hundreds of unique ideas.
3. There are people who actually read all the posts in a given thread, no matter how long the thread is.
Get a couple of dedicated readers, a couple of people who speak the devs' language, and have them bring a proposal on behalf of forum users.
I agree that the ambassadors idea is really the only sensible way to get through this.
It couldn't be too hard for a little test, say one of the devs gets given a little group of say 3 people or so to scour the forums for ideas in the dev's particular area. See what the dev thinks of the way his ambassadors work.
It isn't exactly like this system has to be implemented widescale immediately, and i'm sure that one of the devs will be nice enough to agree if someone asks nicely
Last edited by PriceChild; September 11th, 2006 at 10:00 PM.
Every time you install Jaunty, a kitten........ wait sorry what year is this again?
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if you really want, i have no problem with doing it. I'd probably read it regardless of whether i was an ambassador or not.
But in all fairness, there's probably better candidates than myself that have been Ubuntu-ing a lot longer than myself. I have no problem with doing it though. the project is interesting enough