[FAmSCo] Recommendation letter for Izhar

Christoph Wickert christoph.wickert at gmail.com
Wed Dec 18 12:38:23 UTC 2013

Am Mittwoch, den 18.12.2013, 11:36 +0100 schrieb Robert Mayr:
> 2013/12/18 Robyn Bergeron <rbergero at redhat.com>:
> > Slightly revised version:
> >
> > Dear Red Hat Finance people,
> >
> > Please be so kind as to give Mohd Izhar Firdaus Ismail a Fedora community
> > credit card, that he can use to make payments on behalf of Red Hat for the
> > Fedora APAC community.
> >
> > Here is why:
> >
> > 1. Izhar is a long time member of the Fedora Project. He joined over 61⁄2 years
> > ago and has been active as a translator, tester, packager and ambassador ever
> > since. He is the driving force behind the Fedora Malaysia community.
> >
> > 2. As such, he was the lead organizer of FUDCon Kuala Lumpur 2012. He not
> > only did the website and most planning, but also managed a budget of $15,000 (USD), which covered travel and hotel expenses for selected Fedora Project contributors, as well as costs associated with chartered transportation, venue costs, catering, and other typical event expenses. In doing this he proved his capabilities in managing money, even with large budgets, as well as spending responsibly and within the approved limits. He also fronted nearly a month's worth of his own salary to ensure the event occurred as planned, as during this time there were ongoing issues for contributors in receiving money in a timely fashion.
> >
> > 3. The problems of the Fedora Ambassadors in APAC in making purchases or receiving reimbursements continue to occur, and this is the primary reason we are requesting an additional community credit card. Having a person in APAC that is familiar with regional financial customs, and that is able to communicate with other APAC community members within the same "time zone" can help us to ensure that our contributors are receiving their reimbursements in a timely fashion. This ultimately helps the Fedora Project to continue to grow its worldwide community, and also helps us to retain existing community members, rather than lose them due to process issues.
> >
> > 4. FAmSCo continues to believe that the community credit card program is mutually beneficial for both contributors to the Fedora Project community and Red Hat. It prevents a single point of failure on the Red Hat side in processing purchases or reimbursements, and also helps to reduce the burden that a person would carry in being the only person available to make purchases.  FAmSCo, and the Fedora Project in general, is comprised of many community members who work tirelessly in their spare time to advocate on behalf of Fedora, as well as to manage the resources provided to Fedora in a responsible, detail-oriented fashion. The community credit card program has proven to be extremely helpful in our advocacy, and believe that extending this to the APAC region will help us to continue to grow the scope of our Ambassadors program in that part of the world.
> >
> > Therefore, I ask you to approve Izhar as a new credit card owner. We trust him to
> > not abuse his powers but use the card in thh project's favor.
> > Please enable us in supporting our contributors; this helps us to help you.
> > Respectfully,
> >
> > (feel free to take whatever you want out of that, or none at all.. just trying to apply a bit of sugar :D)
> >
> I think this letter is even better and doesn't take out too much of
> what Christoph (and FAmSCo) wanted to say. The facts are pretty clear
> and everyone understand what is going on in APAC, now and in the past.
> So I'm +1 for this version, thank you Robyn for your help.


I agree with Robert and think that we should use Robyn's version. 
Thanks a lot for your help, Robyn. I attached your revised version to
the ticket.

Best regards,

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