On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 5:53 PM, Neville A. Cross <yn1v@taygon.com> wrote:

I feel that I am left behind in the swag distribution process. The
group at Nicaragua has planned a year ahead of activities. Some of us
have been working on swag's design and pushing the decision to
reach production. This reflect a previous direction on budgeting. I am
not against a more dynamic swag allocation. But for people with higher
commitment than advocate level, dealing with customs and import duties
for smaller amounts may be a burden.

Thanks for bringing up this topic.  Having lived in Latin America for a couple of years when I was younger, I totally understand what you're saying here with regards to postal system and customs and import duties.  I know that the Mindshare Committee and the Ambassadors are going to have to do a lot more work to smooth out the bumps in the swag distribution process.  I don't expect my earlier comments to be definitive with regards to swag distribution -- I simply wanted to make sure people understood that we're trying to lower the burden on swag distribution wherever possible.  In some countries, that means Brian Exelbierd (and by extension, someone at Red Hat) sending swag from central location or two.  For other countries or regions, we're going to have to figure out other distribution points and mechanisms as makes sense.