[Noisebridge-discuss] Access control & Safety, both personal and general space.

Gopiballava Flaherty gopiballava at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 20:14:46 UTC 2012

So, I'm not a member, and thus may be misunderstanding things, but the goals seem very ambiguous and nebulous. Without consensus on who should be able to do what, everybody will be confused.

1. Is there a clear way that people are declared persona non grata? Is there a clear way for that to change? (ie: who can decide to let them in / babysit them / etc?) I don't think that *any* access control system is going to help if the situation is, "Many people would really rather they not be at NB." 

2. I think that people who are brand new to NB and who have only read about the place online should either be let in by a person who physically greets them at the door, or perhaps if they're 37337 enough they can h4x0r their way in. IMHO, there's nothing wrong with a total stranger not being able to get in if there is nobody upstairs

Here's a thought for the door buzzing in: Camera down below. You can buzz in from a laptop inside NB, but only the bottom door. The top door is only openable if you have credentials or by a person physically opening it. This means that the entrant is virtually required to interact in some way with a person. You can easily ask, "hey, is this your first time here?" "No, this is Mitch, I forgot my key, are *you* new here?" :)

3. I do like the idea of some sort of chain of trust access control. It should be easy to revoke credentials. But then it comes back to the question, who shall bell the cat?^W^W^W revoke the credentials?

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