I got approved for Ubuntu Membership tonight! Actually feels quite rewarding – I know giving time to OSS should be an altruistic thing but it is nice to be recognised.

For anyone who is thinking of applying, they really should.  Its quite nerve racking – not being sure what’ll be looked at.  It really didn’t help my nerves after the first guy up tonight was declined.

So what’s needed?  Well, prep your wiki page and make sure that you have testimonials or better still members at the meeting to support your application.  Make sure you’ve a visible contribution and then off you go.

You introduce yourself and a board of four or five people ask you a couple of questions, they each vote and they tell you there and then.  If you’re successful then you get a message saying your added to the Launchpad team.

I then joined the flood of bloke in #ubuntu-irc getting the IRC cloaks (You need two registered nicknames grouped – I discovered tonight that my alternative is too long and the server ignores the last character), adding my Planet Ubuntu feed, applying for a little rank picture on the forums and trying (even though it takes up to two days) your new email address!

Of course this is now going to hit Planet Ubuntu, so I apologise to everyone there, who are members and know this already.  Still happy though…

6 Replies to “Membership”

  1. Congratulations, welcome to the club.

    Of course this is now going to hit Planet Ubuntu, so I apologise to everyone there, who are members and know this already. Still happy though…

    Tip: create a Planet Ubuntu category for your posts and use that feed for the planet. That way you can explicitly mark whether you want a post to hit the Planet or not.

  2. Congratulations Dougie!

    I was a little stressed myself during last night’s approval meeting.
    It was all worth it in the end, got approved as well. 🙂

    Still need to get my IRC cloak sorted and add my planet feed.

    Again, Congrats! Well deserved!

  3. Thanks to everyone – its nice to get the recognition especially for documentation, which is often overlooked.

    @Mean-Machine, I logged straight into #ubuntu-irc to see a message saying “expect a bunch of cloak requests” just as I answered “funnily enough…”, congratulations too, I stayed around util the end of the meeting and cheered too!

    @Jim – thanks mate, I might well be using my new cloak tonight…

    @Jacob thanks and that’s an excellent idea, I’ll do it tonight!

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