Meeting Notes 2010 12 21

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The 9485th Meeting of Noisebridge


Get someone to grab the membership binder now. Get someone to take notes.

  • Moderator: Rachel McCONNELL
  • Note-Taker: Rachel HOSPODAR


Introduction and Names

  • What Noisebridge is about: "Noisebridge is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides a space for creation, collaboration, and learning about technology and creative projects. Noisebridge provides space, power tools, and infrastructure to help the public learn new skills and create cool things. Noisebridge continues to exist through and depends entirely on membership fees and donations. Our code of conduct is 'Be excellent to each other'."
  • Round of introductions: What's your name, what do you do, and if you are new, how did you hear about Noisebridge? Start with the moderator and go left.
  • A brief primer on consensus process: We agree and so should you!

we skipped this.


Financial Report

  • Funds in bank:
  • Recent donations: $2525 in one-time donations and new memberships, since 12/19
    • 5 sponsor-a-days

Membership Binder

  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month.

we read off a bunch of names. some people have sponsors and some people need sponsors.

  • Anyone up for join this week should introduce them selves then leave the area in search of gifts for the rest of the group.

What's Going On at Noisebridge

One short sentence about each of the following:


For locations at Noisebridge, see a map of the 2169 location of Noisebridge.


Project Updates

Consensus items

Board member election process

rachel m gives short explanation of exciting board election issue.

lief explains condorcet voting method. he thinks it is too complicated. he likes approval voting method - you vote for as many candidates as you want, and the most votes win. unranked voting.

(question: why is that better?)

he thinks this is simpler, less of a popularity contest. more noisebridgey.

(shannon suggests a hack on the condorcet method that renders it equally good.)

lief explains why this only eliminates popularity contests if everyone does it. He swears it been used in the "real" world, but has no cites.

this way selects the people that the most people are ok with, vs. condorcet which selects the people that ?????

if there is a tie we will need a runoff election.

we need to consense on this next week if we are going to do it this time, it might delay elections. leif offers to proxy for anyone who wants to block if it means we can accelerate the process of adopting this while people are gone.

we need to do the elections to follow nonprofit guidelines.

we start discussing condorcet software upgrades. lief will write approval voting in python if we want to do it. shannon proposes a programming race between the two softwares.

does anyone else care? only sort of. we could do a parallel vote to compare the methods.

andy suggests we set a date but not a type of voting. aren't we going to modify ping's condorcet implementation anyway? we promised to change it because it picks only one person. we all agree we need to consense on the code we use.

Discussion Items

  • Handling press at Noisebridge
  • Noisebridge Cultural Reboot --Turkshead 01:33, 22 December 2010 (UTC)
   reboot: must be superuser.
  • Electric Heater
  • Clarification of drink/snack policy - John

(Add any new items for consensus to the Current Consensus Items page.)

End of Meeting

  • PGP Key Signing could happen now, check the list to see who wants in on the action.
  • Put back the membership binder by the Shrine at the northeast corner.
  • Save the meeting notes to the wiki.
  • Send a copy of the meeting notes to the discussion list.
  • Copy the Meeting Notes Template for next week's agenda and update the main wiki page's link to it.
  • Enjoy a cocktail with your fellow hacker or robot.