[Noisebridge-discuss] Membership Status and Consensus

Jake jake at spaz.org
Mon Nov 25 20:43:09 UTC 2013

Dear Jake,

If you put even half the effort into helping noisebridge deal with actual, 
real challenges that are threatening to entirely destroy it as a 
hackerspace, that you put into writing abusive public emails to the fine 
person willing to do the hard work of being secretary, your position would 
be a lot more respectable.

As it is I feel that you are behaving as part of the problem as opposed to 
part of the solution.  I wish you would take a step back and consider 

The fact that you are unable to come to the space and participate makes it 
impossible for you to be aware of the reality of the situation, including 
the fact that almost everyone you know who has ever been a part of 
Noisebridge has left, and doesn't come around anymore.  I urge you to 
acknowledge this reality and integrate it into your strategy to help.

Detached idealism is its own worst enemy, and it discredits itself.  Your 
ideals are laudable, but your means are not credible, consisting of 
nothing but criticism of the people doing the most hard work at the space.

For me to address the particulars of your latest complaints, I (and Tom I 
think) believe that a consensus item "requiring" members to identify 
themselves on the wiki with no consequences for failure to do so should 
satisfy you.  A change which would have introduced consequences was 
blocked partially on your behalf, and will not be implemented.  As for the 
secrecy of membership, I believe it was always that a member's status 
would be revealed to a direct inquiry to the secretary.

If you want to talk about the details of the information security policy 
around membership status, a shorter email listing your perception of it, 
desires for changes, and persuasive arguments will be a whole lot more 
respectable than personal attacks, especially on our hardworking 
secretary.  And if you think that job is easy, you should talk to the 
people who have done the job and had to quit.

As for your inability to come to the space, please acknowledge the fact 
that it limits your ability to know what is actually happening to it, and 
who is actually using it vs. who has actually abandoned it to rot.

And again, please try to focus your valuable energy toward productive 
improvements instead of unproductive and divisive attacks.


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