[Noisebridge-discuss] noisebridge visitor / noob policy progress

Jake jake at spaz.org
Mon Dec 23 23:06:54 UTC 2013


I don't think we need to automatically keep people out, except with the 
gate which has the potential of working pretty well if it is physically 
maintained more than it is.

I believe we can and should err on the side of letting people in rather 
than keeping them out.  I think the change we need to make is in 
discussing the "right" to be at noisebridge after you have gotten in.

I want to make noisebridge a welcoming place for newcomers, but once a 
person has been introduced to the space and given the opportunity to 
participate in a good way, including becoming an associate member if they 
want, they will understand that coming to noisebridge is not a god-given 
right regardless of your behavior.

After people have found the space and learned about it, if they choose to 
go against our community standards in any way, general or specific, the 
community has the right to ask them to leave, without a specific "excuse" 
like "you left food in the kitchen" or "you were caught sleeping".

As for your last suggestion, about a process and incentives for generating 
hands-on help in the space, I truly believe that inclusion (by the 
associate membership invitation extended to everyone) and improved quality 
of the space resulting from the new policies will get us more people and 
more hands.


On Mon, 23 Dec 2013, Johny Radio wrote:

> On 12/23/2013 2:05:42 PM, "Jake" <jake at spaz.org> wrote:
>> Noisebridge is open to newcomers and visitors at all times when a 
>> Noisebridge Member or Associate Member is present to introduce them to the 
>> space and sponsor their presence.
> So how do you keep them out otherwise?
>> I believe that to avoid confusion we should clarify that visitors and 
>> newcomers should consider themselves welcome anytime, in the hope that 
>> someone will be present to give them a proper welcome.
> I totally agree, except for the "hope" part. Wishful thinking at nb has 
> proven ineffective. We need the docents and lots of other human hands-on help 
> in the space. So we need a process and incentives for generating that 
> hands-on help.

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