Noisebridge's Vision eschews the use of rules, which is why these are guidelines. Historically, the membership has noticed that certain actions are good for the space and other actions cause problems. This is a list of guidelines to help you determine whether something you're considering is a good idea.
We're not Wikipedia, but many ideas here are explained much more articulately in Wikipedia's list of key policies and guidelines, especially the ideas that it's not a bureaucracy, that it operates on the basis of consensus, and that ultimately, you can ignore rules that don't apply to you.
- 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.
- Don't sleep at Noisebridge. It's a regulatory violation that can get us in trouble. 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.
- 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.
- Bringing minors to Noisebridge might result in them being exposed to ideas outside of your control, and you probably shouldn't bring them if that's going to be a problem.
- Bringing pets hasn't historically been a serious problem, since we have a pretty big space and allergic folks can usually relocate. You should still ask around and meet people to find out, though!
- If you're going to smoke, smoke downstairs on the sidewalk. The space isn't really designed with smokers in mind, and it's irritating to some people.
- At least one Noisebridge member is seriously allergic to marijuana smoke, so please don't smoke it in the space or nearby.
- Don't talk about politics or religion if you want to avoid conflict. Noisebridge attracts a certain kind of personality that gets irate when they suspect someone thinks they're wrong, and even mentioning you support a different political or religious group than them can really push their buttons if they're having a bad day.
- Going on the roof is almost certainly a violation of our lease agreement. Don't do it without talking to someone who knows about the lease details.
- Taking stuff from the space temporarily without leaving a note with your contact info is a surefire way to cause problems. Taking stuff permanently, even if everyone agrees it needs to go, can cause tax issues which you should bring up at the weekly meetings.
- Please ask before playing music through the public audio systems, especially if people are quietly enjoying the space.
- 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 no one likes being feed a textbook through their ears.