[Noisebridge-discuss] DRAMA are we kicking people out to quickly?

Martin Bogomolni martinbogo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 20:04:42 UTC 2012

I think you're confusing NoiseBridge with the Burning Man principles.
 Where is 'radical' anything in the NB charter?

The Bylaws are pretty clear cut:

The purpose of this corporation is to promote and encourage technical,
scientific, and artistic skills through individual projects, social
collaboration, and education. Also in the context of these purposes,
the corporation shall engage in scientific, charitable and educational
activities within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code, including but not limited to:

(a). Through talks, classes, workshops, collaborative projects, and
other activities, to encourage research, knowledge exchange, learning,
and mentoring in a safe, clean space.
(b). Provide educational spaces for teaching practical skills and
theory of technology, science, and art.
(c). Provide work space, storage, and other resources for projects
related to art, science, and technology that will benefit the
individual members' personal growth in their fields of interest,
encouraging the individual members to share their projects and
knowledge for the betterment of society through art, science and
(d). To create, learn, and teach, individually and as a group,
inviting members of the community in the San Francisco area and the
(e). To develop, support the development of, and provide resources for
the development of free and open source software and hardware for the
benefit of society.
(f). Collaboration across disciplines for the benefit of cultural,
charitable, and scientific causes.
(g). To foster, by all legal means, the common purposes of its participants.
(h). To conduct or engage in all lawful activities in furtherance of
the stated purposes or those incidental to them.

There is one class of member -- a member, who pays dues, approved by
the board and membership, in good standing.

As for who can come in and out of the space .. traditionally it comes
down to who has a key, as well as who is willing to be responsible for
a person coming in _without_ a key.  However, letting someone into the
space does not mean they are a member of Noisebridge, and it doesn't
mean they can do as they wish.

Tradition is what dictates our policy of openness, and acceptance of
people in the space who have not petitioned for membership.   It does
not mean we have an Open Door policy.


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