Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to work out how best to get people motivated to go for membership. There seems to be something lacking as to:
A) Why the should go for it ?
B) Do they deserve to become a member ?
C) How to go about it?
So to address this A) Why not, why not show how involved you are in the community and have that pat on the back from your peers saying well done we like the work you do in, Advocacy, Translations, Documentation, Bug Fixing, Packaging etc.
B) You do deserve it, you’re taking time out of your day or you’re fortunate to work on Ubuntu and help grow something we all love, use and enjoy.
C) Asking for help or looking online, asking a current member or one of the board members in your regional board.
What I’ve started to do is when I’m working with people in the community be it in a locoteam or they are employed by Canonical, I’ve either poked them, or found their manager and go hiya, you know you do a great job, you’re on IRC helping people, you take time to work through a bug with me, or you’re there to help people. Others who work in Canonical, I’ve looked at their interaction with me, the community and teams, so they either work on UDS, shippit or help me with locoteam questions and answers.
What I’d love to see is each month more people going for membership, if there are people in your team that you see are making an effort to work outside of their day to day stuff, help someone else go that extra mile or you know, just be nice and helpful and spread the word of Ubuntu, get them to create a least a wiki page where you can leave a testimonial for them.
Testimonials speak for you when you’re not at a meeting, but they also show people how these members help Ubuntu in their own way.
When they’re ready get them to apply to their regional board, do encourage them, come along and cheer them on when the meeting takes place!
I know all too well there are many people on irc each day who help me and deserve to become an Ubuntu member if I have to poke you all one by one I’ll do that. Blogging is easier 🙂