I have been thinking about trying to become a MOTU for a long time. I have tried on a few different occasions to package an app called Scribes. I tried using the ./configure; make; checkinstall; method but it did not work. I was having some problems getting it to create a .deb file correctly.
Tonight I decided to try asking in the #ubuntu-motu channel. There were two individuals in there that were able to help me (ajmitch and crimsun). The willingness to help and not use the standard RTFM speaks volumes for the Ubuntu community as a whole in my opinion. I love the fact that they were able and willing to help someone who was (still is) completely new to the packaging of Ubuntu apps and get them pointed in the right direction.
My new goal is to learn more about packaging and one day become an official MOTU member.
Thanks again to all who make this such a great community to contribute my time to.