Why is there this never ending discussion of what an Ubuntu team is?
For several years, Randall Ross has been now on the war path about the structure of Ubuntu LoCo teams.
However, everything that is raised in his post seems nothing more than a storm in the teapot.
No team, I am aware of has ever been stopped or discouraged to organise in any way they found fit or is working for them. Teams exist around geographic areas, languages, computer languages, technologies, desktops, activities and probably lots of more categories. One just has to look at the launchpad groups to see the diversity that can be found. Anything that does not violate the Ubuntu Code of Conduct is permitted.
The only place where there is a given structure is around the "official" or "approved" LoCo teams. The reason for this structure is merely the efficient communication with the LoCo council and the distribution of Canonical sponsored "merchandise". Nothing prevents the approved LoCos to create underlying structures if those are useful. This is similar to any political organisation of UN, countries, provinces, municipalities.
The distribution of Canonical sponsored "merchandise" has changed over time. While in the beginnings, there was no real difference between an individual member and a team in accessing such resources, over time, it has shifted to LoCos and now almost disappeared due to only occur in form of DVDs for LTS releases, and only for the Canonical driven Ubuntu flavour, no community flavours are included any more. Hence, it can be said, that this part of the equation becomes more and more negligible.
The communication has always been more flexible. I don't think the LoCo council has prevented any direct communication with them, or required approved status to raise any issues. So this does not seem to prevent anybody doing anything either.
Since nothing seem to be a discernible problem, why is this issue not dying down?