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Be excellent to each other is the guiding principle of Noisebridge.

Conflict Resolution Steps: Potential conflicts can be avoided with excellence or resolved using conflict resolution methods:

  1. Start by trying to be excellent and encourage each other to strive for that goal.
  2. Try to resolve potential conflicts that arise using Restorative Communication.
  3. Try to de-escalate with Conflict Resolution if things aren't going well.
  4. Ask To Disengage to separate people in an argument that is escalating if you would like to end an interaction before it gets out of hand.
  5. Continued unwanted behavior directed toward another person is Harassment.
  6. Ask to leave if someone refuses to disengage or is doing something that makes people feel unsafe.
  7. Ask for Mediation if you don't seem to be able to resolve issues with someone in the space directly.

Wikipedia uses a somewhat similar rule, which they call "the fundamental rule of all social spaces. Every other policy for getting along is a special case of it." Unlike Wikipedia, Noisebridge takes a positive approach, and avoids the practice of officially enumerating the myriad potential special cases; "be excellent" is enough.

BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER is Noisebidge's one rule. See more posters

Noisebridge's Vision attempts to avoid hard-and-fast rules. Many of these are guidelines, and rightly so. In the past, we've noticed that certain actions and behaviors are good for the space and other actions cause problems. This page exists to help you determine whether something you're considering is a good idea, and to help you work things out when reasonable people disagree.

Although we work together and attempt to ensure that this page reflects what we collectively think, it's not our formal consensus.

Purpose and Vision

  • Noisebridge is a place for hacking, hackers, and learning to hack.
  • Noisebridge should be welcoming to those who visit, and a safe place to learn and work.
  • Noisebridge operates by excellence, do-ocracy and consensus.
  • The Noisebridge Vision describes what we are for, and what we are about.

Noisebridge Values

  • Safety: Noisebridge strives to maximize safety for all participants and encourages everyone to mind safety rules to protect yourself and others.
  • Privacy: Noisebridge defends the privacy of participants and encourages everyone to respect each others' privacy in the space.
  • Accessibility: Noisebridge works to make the space accessible via disability-friendly infrastruture and streaming events online.
  • Inclusivity: Noisebridge is free and open to the public for anyone who can commit to being excellent and getting along.

Getting in and Joining for Philanthropy and Membership

  • You do not need to be a member to hack at Noisebridge or to participate in the community here.
  • Members can come and use Noisebridge at any time.
    • It's often easy to find someone on IRC or the mailing list.
    • You can also try coming to the space and introducing yourself as soon as you get here.
    • If you're coming for a class or other event: don't sweat it, your teacher or a fellow student is taking responsibility for everyone at the event.
  • You should take responsibility for the actions of anyone you invite or let into Noisebridge.
  • If you are a regular participant in Noisebridge, you should consider becoming a Philanthropist or Member.

Getting Along & Handling Disagreements

Ask To Disengage Policy

  • If someone requests Ask To Disengage by asking you to leave them alone or to otherwise stop a behavior that is directed toward them, please do so. Continued unwanted behavior directed toward another person is Harassment.

Ask to Leave Policy

  • If someone is acting in a way incompatible with our community standards, you are empowered to ask them to leave Noisebridge immediately.
  • You are under no obligation to do ask someone to leave, and absolutely should not confront someone who you think poses a physical danger to you. Please ask for help if you feel you need or want help.
  • If someone asks you to leave Noisebridge, you should immediately leave, whether or not you think their request was legitimate or in good faith.
  • If someone asks you to leave, you should not return until the conflict has been resolved, hopefully through mediation.


If you would prefer to privately report unacceptable behavior (including violations of our anti-harassment policy), you can email <secretary@noisebridge.net>. This email address is monitored by a number of upstanding and trustworthy folks. They'll handle your request privately if you prefer, and otherwise work to resolve the problem in a way which keeps you safe and protects the community from unacceptable behavior. You may also contact one of the people who have volunteered as a mediator on the Mediation page.


Interacting with people

  • Talk to people and make friends. Part of the point of Noisebridge is interpersonal interaction, and we want to meet you and learn about whatever cool project you're working on. It's amazing how often random discussions between people at Noisebridge have turned into things that show up on the world stage.
  • On the other hand, do be sensitive to people's desire to stop talking and start hacking. If someone starts looking away, returning to their laptop or project, or begins walking away, consider that you might be the Nth person to strike up a conversation with them, and they may want to actually get something done.
  • If you see someone being awesome or something which is awesome, it's awesome in turn to sing its praises. Motivation is a rare commodity among us and a compliment here and there can work wonders in terms of creating more of it. We have a Noticeboard of Excellence by the door which is a good place to leave a semi-permanent thankyou.
  • Don't talk about politics or religion in a way that may be considered trolling within the community. If you push peoples' buttons, it is considered very excellent to consider that you, at least in part, responsible.
  • Try to keep infodumps to new acquaintances to under a few minutes. Many people at Noisebridge are walking libraries on their field of expertise, but people rarely like being fed a textbook through their ears.

Being loud

  • Please ask before playing music through the public audio systems, especially if people are quietly enjoying the space.

Respect shared stuff

  • Taking stuff from the space, even very temporarily is a surefire way to cause problems. Taking stuff permanently is definitely unexcellent.
  • Everything in Noisebridge is hackable. If you don't want something taken apart and turned into a giant robot the moment your back is turned, leave it on your shelf, or mark it clearly with your name, a way to contact you, the date, and what you're doing. Even then there are no guarantees -- it's just mildly rude to hack on a labelled thing unannounced, as opposed to positively encouraged.

No Nos

  • Noisebridge is your hackerspace, not your home. Living here is definitely an anti-pattern, so don't even try to do this! If money is a problem, have a look at our page of starving hacker resources for ways to get around and crash if you're short on cash.
  • Pull your own weight. We don't have housekeeping service, so clean up after yourself and put things away when you're done. In fact, you're going to get a lot of good karma by tidying up twice the amount of space you use on a regular basis.

Making things better

  • If you find yourself having to explain something in the space more than once, you should probably label it.
  • If you can't throw something away in a full garbage can, you should probably empty it.

Who to bring

  • People of all ages are welcome at Noisebridge. But, please know that bringing minors to Noisebridge might result in them being exposed to ideas outside of your control. This is worth considering before deciding to bring minors (or anyone) to Noisebridge.
  • Bringing pets hasn't historically been a serious problem, but it not always considered excellent. If you bring a pet to Noisebridge, please ask others in the space if it is OK with them, and please do not stay with your pet if anyone objects.
  • Don't BiTTorrent from the space. It causes lots of problems for other people trying to use the network. We've also gotten DMCA notices about people snarfing copyrighted content using our links, and these notices are very annoying and unexcellent. Please don't download copyrighted content illegally using our Internet links.

No Smoking

  • If you're going to smoke, smoke downstairs on the sidewalk, away from our doorway, or in the back patio with the consent of anyone there. This includes all substances, including tobacco and marijuana.

Off Limits

  • Going on the roof is, except in narrow conditions that you almost certainly aren't covered by, a violation of our lease agreement. It also causes leaks, and in the past a leak destroyed some irreplaceable artwork belonging to a member. Don't go up there without talking to someone who knows about the lease details.


  • Noisebridge must not be involved in any activities which could affect legislation or political campaigns, with certain limited exemptions. While not illegal, these activities may be grounds for the IRS to revoke our tax exempt status. Talk to the officers of the corporation for guidance if you are unsure whether your proposed activities will be exempt or not.

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