View Poll Results: Is the current method of selecting ambassador working

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    Default Do you support the current 'ambassador' system?

    Let me just preface this by saying I have nothing against the ambassadors, in fact I really like the person who put her hands up to be ambassador for our local area, as well as other members who are ambassadors for a range of topics, but I can't help but wonder if there would be a better way of selecting ambassadors.


    They kind of reflect on Bubhub itself, and a newbie to the forums might not know how the ambassadors have been chosen, and assume they're an 'expert'. I'd hate for someone to be given incorrect advice which they took as expert and for something bad to happen to them or their child.


    I understand that the ambassador concept is fairly new, I just wonder whether it has been thought out properly. I just don't think that self nomination is a good enough reason to be considered an ambassador.I realise it would be time consuming, but I wonder if perhaps a nomination/ voting system could be used, so that if someone wants to nominate themselves, it must then be 'seconded' or 'sponsored' by another member.

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    can't agree with you more. I think it's a real worry.

    When you are talking about people potentially relying on what an 'ambassador' says as an expert, I think bubhub is putting themselves in a dubious position.

    If someone is calling themselves a (just for example) breastfeeding ambassador, and they give out incorrect advice - I really think that a forum user who had followed that incorrect advice could justifiably be pretty peeved at bubhub.

    I have big concerns about it, if somebody is calling themselves ambassador of such and such, i want to know *why* they deserve that kind of title.

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    I share your concerns, Naebie.

    I really like and admire the work of several ambassadors, and I don't question their motives or abilities because I have spent enough time on the hub to know a bit about their histories and qualifications, but I can understand that from a newbie's perspective, the terminology of 'Ambassador' implies some level of expertise.

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    No. I don't think terribly negative things about it but I don't understand some of it. At the risk of 'gossiping' about other members, I have noticed MuminMind to be an active person in what she does, and have noticed Ambassadors for certain areas who actively promote meet ups for their area but I don't understand different parenting type ones, like why would there need to be an ambassador for bottle/breast feeding, or for sleeping arrangements, or cloth nappies? Like I said, not against it, just don't get it.

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    I also share the same concerns.

    I stepped down as an ambassador because of the negative 'image' they seem to be getting ...

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    Yes, being an ambassador means more than a mass copy paste every few weeks.

    It also means actually 'walking the walk and talking the talk', not constantly being at odds with the concept.

    I also think a voting in or similar would be a better way of selecting ambassadors.

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    I agree with all of the above.

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    I suppose bubhub would say that ambassador means that you promote something, not that you're an expert, but I think it could cause confusion for new users.

    Was the original idea that it would be geographically based and people would organise bubhub meets? Then a lot of people self nominated and they were all appointed ambassadors and then also self nominated their titles? Maybe it could be restricted back to the original idea based on geography and meet-ups. And if people are ambassadors for more advice-based things (eg. breastfeeding), then there should be some more scrutiny of whether they are a suitable ambassador.

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    Mum in Mind does a fantastic job with the Depression private area. I am an Ambassador for my area.
    As for the selection process I believe that there will be a more in depth process this year to become one.
    Ultimately as a parent YOU need to make the ultimate decision on what's best for your child. Always seek medical/professional advice. Just because people are Ambassadors does not in any way infer that they are a professional in that field just that they have some personal experience in that area.

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    I think it's a good idea poorly executed.

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