Cool Fedora schwag idea
gdk at redhat.com
Tue Jun 28 15:22:57 UTC 2005
So here's the meat of the argument:
On the one hand, you want to recognize people. Why?
* To thank them for their achievements.
* To hold them up to the world as exemplary.
* To encourage others to follow their example.
But on the other hand, such recognition is inherently exclusionary --
because some achieve, and some don't.
The letterman's jacket is, I see clearly now, too highly charged for too
many people. I liked the idea because of the "geeks inherit the earth"
message, all the way down to the letterman jackets, but I see clearly that
it's too easily misinterpreted, and as much as I'd like to disagree, I
Still, I think that the notion of pins/letters/merit badges/etc. is a good
one, and I would argue that it *should* be exclusionary. Either you
earned it, or you didn't.
So maybe just the pins, awarded for excellence. Wear them on your Fedora
ballcap brim, or your T-shirt, or hanging from your pierced left nipple.
How does that idea feel to people? A bit less ugly-clique-ish?
As an aside: to me, this is the real value of this group -- discussing
ideas like this. Figuring out "all of the messaging behind Fedora" is a
strategic problem that will take time to figure out. But working out
tactical questions like "better schwag" and "names for FC5" and
"fund-raising activities" is an ideal use of this group's time, IMHO.
So thanks for all of your helpful input. Thanks even to Seth for the
public ass-whipping. :)
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