Rejy, thank you for the response.
On Fri, May 15, 2015 at 8:49 PM, Rejy M Cyriac <rcyriac(a)redhat.com> wrote:
Since my primary focus is on getting more people to discover, use
and love Fedora, rather than in getting folks to contribute *directly*
to Fedora, I do not feel a requirement to track the number of recipients
of the FreeMedia program who contribute to the Fedora community.
I agree with the general notion that we tend to take a few things for
granted. I consider myself fortunate to have access to the internet
(even in its most rudimentary form) well before a larger cross-section
of my social circle could.
I am going to ask the question one more time - "What does the
FreeMedia program intend to achieve?" The part of your response that
I've snipped above (it was a deliberate choice) would indicate that
there is an element of charity involved in it. The program seems to be
a clearing-house or, a single-window to distribute printed media to
anyone who writes in (except, of course, the duplicates).
A part of my original post was around whether the FreeMedia program is
indeed helping the recipients to "discover, use and love Fedora". For
what it is worth, we do not have any idea if the media is being used
to create installations. To gauge whether the program/effort is
actually leading to discovery, usage and love we need to figure out a
way to be able to state with a degree of accuracy that it is so. The
process of participation by the recipients into the community is a
method of contribution. And I am not so sure that we see a lot of
those. Not even on users@, if not on india@
Asking volunteers to spend time, money and effort in distributing
media that might not be aiding the original objective is certainly not
the best way to treat volunteers (even if they are content in
continuing to do this and aren't complaining). The project itself has
a fiduciary reason to seek more detail as to whether this is the most
direct, effective, relevant and optimal method to create a community
of Fedora users who love the project.