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Paulo de Souza Lima wrote on 2011-06-08 15.40:

Are qualified people members, founder members, or something else?

with qualified I mostly meant people who can do the job, because being a media spokesperson requires some knowledge and experience.

Official spokespeople of the foundation as legal entity should be carefully selected, and I guess we only need a few of them. Their task is mostly the foundation itself, and not so much LibreOffice. The comparison does not fit 100%, of course, but think of it like in a corporation: You have a few spokespeople legally represnting the corporation, but for specific projects or groups, you have many more, as they are not legally representing it.

So, while the TDF spokespeople to my opinion should be approved members, LibreOffice project and community marketing contacts do *not* have to be approved members. Rather, their engagement in this area can even help them in gaining the membership status.

For me, it seems fine also.

That's good. :)
Indeed, the current workflow is not too good - we have some PRs translated, and some not. By having something similar to the MarCons (marketing contacts) we had back at, I hope to get many more people involved. I will work on this, it just needs some more time. My first guess is that the local groups simply can nominate/elect/vote on their marketing contacts themselves, and I do not see a necessity of having the board of directors involved.


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