[Noisebridge-discuss] Stacks of dirty dishes

girlgeek girlgeek at wt.net
Thu Jan 13 21:13:19 UTC 2011

Or we could send someone to Prague to kidnap Frantesek.

On 1/13/2011 10:14 AM, Albert Sweigart wrote:
> I'm not sure I've seen the sinks not filled with dirty dishes more
> times than I can count on one hand in the last several months. This is
> kind of a tricky problem to solve, and I thought once the dishwasher
> got set up it would abate a little, but it hasn't. It's a standard
> "tragedy of the commons" problem: everyone has incentive to use the
> dishes but nobody has as much incentive to keep them clean.
> I've given it some thought, and I think the only long-term solution is
> to move the dirty dishes from the sink to the dishwasher, wash them,
> then put them in a box and drop them off at Thrift Town (about a block
> from Noisebridge). We can then switch to disposable plateware if we
> run out of dishes (which are a lot easier to clean up).
> I'll volunteer to do this.
> Chore wheels and constant reminders won't work in the long-term or for
> our particular space (there's too many people.) Elaborate technical
> fixes that we can invent aren't practical. Appointing or even hiring
> someone(s) to keep the sink cleared isn't something anyone wants to
> sign up for or we can really afford over the long-term.
> And the Thrift Town solution regulates itself nicely; if people care
> enough about having dishes over paper plates they'll stick around, if
> not, we'll have fewer dishes that need to be taken care of and it
> becomes easier to keep them clean.
> I've thought it through, but if anyone has solutions that are
> long-term, practical, and cost-effective then email this thread. I'll
> post a sign about this policy in the kitchen for people who aren't on
> the mailing list.
> -Al
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