Current Consensus Items

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This is a page for hosting consensus items currently under debate, with their formal wording.

The Consensus Items History is the public record of consensus items that have been decided on in the past. Please move the records from the "Current" page to the "History" page once they've been approved/blocked.

Date First Discussed Proposed By Wording Author of this Record
2013-12-17 Danny O'Brien That the Tuesday Meeting be moved to 7pm, to limit fatigue and encourage new attendees. Danny O'Brien
2013-12-17 Danny O'Brien That the Tuesday Meeting be streamed in audio and video when possible, with the aim of encouraging online involvement. By the consensus of those present, the meeting may be limited to those in the space for privacy reasons. The responsibility for streaming will be that of the secretary, and will be privacy-sensitive. Danny O'Brien
2013-12-17 Madelynn Martiniere, Al Sweigart 1) This proposal will come into effect after the 2014 board election is decided.

2) The board elections will be held on the last Tuesday in January. Nominations by members will begin 30 days before the election (for 2014, this is January 1st). Nominations will close 21 days before the election (for 2014, this is January 10th).

3) This proposal would abandon consensus as the decision-making process used by Noisebridge. In its place Noisebridge will adhere to Noisebridge's existing bylaws: acts of the board directors will be decided by majority vote of the board, decisions submitted to the membership will be decided by majority vote of the membership, including decisions for accepting or rejection membership applications. The full bylaws are available at:

4) All current associate members will be converted to full members, and the associate membership role will be abolished.

5) Board directors must be members in good standing.

Al Sweigart
2013-12-10 Al Sweigart Noisebridge should spend up to $150 for a nice dolly cart that can move around heavy loads. Al Sweigart
2013-12-10 Kevin Noisebridge should attach an expiration period of 90 days, beginning October 29, 2013, to the consensus decision to create an Associate Member role. All subsequent mutations of the original consensus should be brought for a second consensus, beginning February 4, 2014. If no consensus can be reached, Noisebridge will revert to being open to the public all day, every day. Kevin
2013-12-05 Al Sweigart Banning Jon Jacques from Noisebridge for sleeping overnight at the space multiple times. Al Sweigart
2013-12-10 Tom Lowenthal It is the responsibility of all users of Noisebridge (guests, Members, and Associate Members) to contribute to Noisebridge as they are able. An individual's contribution should be proportionate with that person's use of Noisebridge and its resources. A reasonable monetary contribution from a member or associate member may be $80 per month, but it is each person's responsibility to determine what contribution is reasonable for them. Tom Lowenthal
2013-12-10 Tom Lowenthal Renaming the category “Noisebridge Members” to the “Noisebridge Council”, and renaming the category “Associate Members” to “Noisebridge Members”. This change extends not only to our operations, but also to our bylaws, so that the effect is only a change of name but does not change the rights or privileges of any person or category of people. Tom Lowenthal
2013-12-05 Al Sweigart Banning Nick from Noisebridge for sleeping overnight at the space multiple times. (Clarification: Not "Mischief" Nick, but the Nick with a beard and without glasses.) Al Sweigart
2013-12-03 Al Sweigart In order to validly pass the consensus process, proposed consensus items will be written down on the Current Consensus Items wiki page the day of the meeting they are introduced. Only this exact wording of the proposed consensus item can be consensed on at the next week's meeting. Any change, even small ones, to the wording will be considered a different and new consensus proposal and will require another week before it can be consensed on. The spirit of this proposal is to prevent changes (small or radical) to consensus items being made and consensed on without notice to the larger community. Al Sweigart
2013-12-10 Al Sweigart Noisebridge should maintain lockers that people can pay a monthly fee to put a lock on for storing equipment and long-term projects. Noisebridge will spend up to $1000 on purchasing lockers, which will be handled by one of the three officers. The full details will be on the Locker_Protocol wiki page. Al Sweigart
2013-11-19 Jake Jake proposes a change to the previous consensus agreement regarding access to Noisebridge.


Noisebridge's space shall be open only to members and associate members at any time. A member or associate member may at any time invite a person into Noisebridge and host that person at Noisebridge as long as that member or associate member remains at Noisebridge. No other person shall be permitted at Noisebridge at any other time.


Noisebridge is open to Members, Associate Members, and guests sponsored by same, at all times. Any person who is not one of the above may be asked to leave if no Member or Associate Member present wishes to sponsor them at that time, with no other justification being necessary.

People coming to Noisebridge who don't know anyone should be introduced to members who are present so that sponsorship can occur if members present choose to do so at that time. Noisebridge should present itself as "open to public visitors and guests as often as possible".