[Noisebridge-discuss] membership rosta

Rubin Abdi rubin at starset.net
Fri May 18 22:09:07 UTC 2012

Personally I think this is not that beneficial of an idea. Creating a list
would just give people more of a foot hold to act pertinacious about being
a member. A few hack spaces I've been to really had this line drawn between
the first class citizens of membership and second class guests. It sort of
gives this self entitled right to things over others (when really members
aren't much different from anyone else here at Noisebridge), simply because
there's a list exclusively containing the names of a certain type of person.

I like walking into Noisebridge and not seeing people doing fun and
exciting things in the space as either a "member" or not. I like just
having a default label for everyone as excellent hacker.

I'm not saying don't do it, but if I was not on hiatus and felt like
digging my fingers back into the politics of the space beyond writing
something a simple as listing out my thoughts in email while barting to
Hater Faire, I would point out that this is an extremely drastic change
from our initially consented on policy of keeping the member list private
and only accessible through pinging someone on the board, treasurer or
secretary as to the status of membership for a particular name, and thusly
would require another round of discussion and consensus before being
changed to what you're proposing. I would most likely block based off of
what I stated above.

There's also this added logistical problem of maintaining the list and also
potentially spilling the beans on the number of anonymous members.

Now if you just created a public wiki page and said on discuss "HEY IF YOU
GO FOR IT" but following what was agreed on within the walls of 83c, no
verification goes into that list, I think that would work without the need
for consensus. I would totally put my name on that list even though I'm not
currently a member in good standing. Why? Because I'm a fucking legend and
have on a number of occasions used the line, "I'm a founding member of
Noisebridge" to shut opinionated-new-people-to-the-space up. Yes I'm a bad

rubin at starset.net
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