The Problem of Sunsetting Ubuntu Brainstorm
Yesterday, it has been suggested to sunset Ubuntu brainstorm. While the arguments on the surface make a lot of sense, a bigger problem seem to be not as much in the focus of the discussion as it maybe should be.
Ubuntu is in a tremendous danger of losing what is understood to be a "community" distribution. Well, community in the sense of a wider community that is substantially larger than Canonical (it can always be claimed Canonical as being a community :-))
The replacement for Ubuntu Brainstorm is supposed to be launchpad. Certainly not a very user friendly, nor a very efficient platform for this purpose. After having done a lot of bug triage some years ago, and discontinued it due to the experience that most of the bug reports on launchpad are just ignored or shoveled around, it seems unlikely that a lot of "wishlist bug reports" being submitted to launchpad instead of Ubuntu Brainstorm will be picked up.
Furthermore, launchpad does not seem to be a very effective place to deal with ideas that need to evolve until they become what can be implemented.
As a result, for better or worth, this action potentially will be seen by outsiders to the Ubuntu community as well as members of the Ubuntu community that already feel disenfranchised as additional reasons why they feel that they easy cannot easily contribute to Ubuntu, or why their contributions are ignored.
This may not be fair, but this is how life is. Most likely it would look visually better to replace Ubuntu Brainstorm with a platform that works better and solved the raised issues. However, it does not seem that either the motivation or the resources for such a solution exist, irrelevant how beneficial it would be.