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.