Ubuntu Membership: debunking myths

One thing I really like about Ubuntu is that all kinds of contributions to Ubuntu are valued and recognised through Ubuntu membership. We have several hundreds of Ubuntu members already who have all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of different areas of expertise. They are united by having made significant and sustained contributions to Ubuntu.

There are a number of myths about Ubuntu membership that we want to debunk. If you come across somebody who’s uncertain about Ubuntu membership, tell them:

  • ALL kinds of contributions are welcome, not only technical contributions.
  • Launchpad Karma, number of uploads, etc. CAN be a determining factor, but they don’t need to be.
  • There is no strict time limit for “having been around <n> years before being able to apply”.
  • Apart from the Regional Membership Boards, the Edubuntu Council, MOTU Council and Kubuntu Council approve membership too.
  • Endorsements of fellow team members are important. Be a team player.
  • If you’re unsure if your contributions are significant and sustained, ask your team mates.
  • Read the Membership documentation.

Together with the RMBs the CC just did a number of changes to the Membership document, I hope it’s much clearer now.