It’s a won­der­ful feel­ing when you receive recog­ni­tion — no mat­ter how small — from people whom you respect and admire. That’s why I was stoked to be accep­ted as an offi­cial Ubuntu mem­ber. To be eli­gible, one has to be able to prove that they have con­trib­uted sub­stan­tially to the Ubuntu com­munity. I know server­al good people who were turned down on their first applic­a­tion, so I was nervously bit­ing my fin­ger­nails in the leadup to my approval.

Being present at the IRC meet­ing was a whole task unto itself. I had to wait until one was sched­uled at a time which I could attend. When I dis­covered that one had been announced for 10PM (in my timezone), I pounced and added myself to the agenda. The dis­cus­sion was fas­cin­at­ing, but the meet­ing itself blew out far bey­ond its sched­uled time frame. They only got to me at around 1:30AM. I am very grate­ful to the Ubuntu-Au mem­bers who stayed on until then to cheer me on. Isn’t com­munity a won­der­ful thing? emoticon

With­in ten minutes, I had approv­al from the Com­munity Coun­cil mem­bers who were present, but I had to wait for the votes of the absent mem­bers. The fol­low­ing even­ing, I received a nice e-mail from Ubuntu Launchpad:

Sub­ject: Launch­pad: Your mem­ber­ship status on team Ubuntu Mem­bers was changed
Date: Wed­nes­day 18 Octo­ber 2006 21:03
From: Launch­pad Team Mem­ber­ship Notifier

Hello, The status of your mem­ber­ship on team “ubuntumem­bers” (Ubuntu Mem­bers) was changed from Pro­posed to Approved.

The com­ment for it was:

approved 18÷10÷06 by sabd­fl, elmo, jono, for superb con­tri­bu­tion to en_​GB and related effort

Once again, thanks to every­one who provided sup­port, both mor­al and actual.

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