[Noisebridge-discuss] Stacks of dirty dishes

Frantisek Apfelbeck algoldor at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 13 23:48:12 UTC 2011

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Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:14:09 -0800
From: Albert Sweigart <asweigart at gmail.com>
Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss] Stacks of dirty dishes
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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.

>>> Please do not, read below <<<<

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.


Hi to All!
I appreciate that this was brought up to discussion but I strongly disagree with 
the solution and I've
not seen this post on Tastebridge discussion list were it certainly belongs - 
the are not culprits but
stewards of the place. Dishes has to be cleaned on regular basis, it was managed 
before it can be 

managed again. It is not easy but possible and also necessary.

Getting rid of the dishes will cause sever problems to the Tastebridge which is 

one of the most active groups in the space and one of the few which is promoting 
"out there" on regular bases. Switching for disposable dishes is not ecological 
and it will just not do.
Kitchen without dishes is basically not a kitchen. Do not forget that to buy 
knew ones, which would
happen sooner than later you spend a lots of money. It's like suggesting getting 
rid of soldering irons 

in an electronic lab which is certainly sometimes dirty and it is not after the 
Monday classes, quite the
contrary, it's quite shining and the same applies most of the time when the 
kitchen is used for 

cooking and brewing classes. 

I will post on the Tastebridge mailing list this email knowing however that it's 
the Tastebridge people
who in a long term keep the kitchen in a working order. However I'm sure that 
they will try to find the
solution even if it takes some time. It may be, that we have accumulated too 
many dishes but it is people 

who use the kitchen on regular bases and have a proper manners to decide what is 
worthy and what is 

not because they have quite good idea. People who do not use the kitchen and do 
not know what is 

important for the classes, five minutes of fame dinners, underground markets 
etc. should step back and 

leave it on the ones who are involved in activities above to work on it. 

I hope that this situation will be sort out, so please try to come up with 
reasonably working solutions
because as a chef and brewer you have to have proper dishes in the kitchen, it 
is as it is.  



PS Based on the logic above we should close both bathrooms because they are also 
quite dirty
quite often. 


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