Meeting Notes 2012 04 24

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  • Delete these instructions section before posting completed minutes.
  • Pick a moderator and a note-taker.
  • Optionally: pick a membership-binder-wrangler; otherwise the moderator can take care of it.


  • Open a text editor to take notes on the major points of the meeting, using this page at the template.
  • Project the draft meeting notes and agenda in real time throughout the meeting.
  • Edit the Current Consensus Items if anything is proposed for consensus next week.
  • Edit the Consensus Items History if anything was reached consensus or failed to reach consensus this week.
  • Post the meeting notes to this page, and email out a summary with a link.
  • Tell and if there are new members.


  • Understand the structure of Noisebridge decision-making
  • Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.
  • Speak only minimally yourself.
  • Keep the meeting moving, and avoid getting bogged down.
  • Identify discussion items, arrange times limits for talking about each item.
  • Identify and summarize consensus, suggest things that need to be done.
  • Get the membership binder and ensure that it is returned safely.


  • Say your name before you talk.
  • Remain on-topic, and speak as concisely as possible.
  • Assist the note-taker with any links or corrections that are needed.
  • Remain respectful of other participants, their time, and the consensus and moderation process.


The 213th Meeting of Noisebridge

Note-taker: User:Malaclyps

Moderator: Neutral Eric

Introduction and Names

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'."

  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to give a brief primer on consensus process: We agree and so should you! Only paid-up members can block consensus.
  • Introduce any new or unusual moderation techniques that you may be using during the meeting like: direct responses, limited speaking time, orderless stack, &c.
  • Round of introductions (remember, announcements come later):
    • What's your name,
    • are you a member,
    • what do you do, and
    • if you are new: how did you hear about Noisebridge?

Eric says hi. He's been coming for a month and a half. He's absorbing a whole lot. He's majoritywhip on the wiki!

Nick -- he likes to write Lua!

Andrew -- support tech for Occupy Wall St, hack Arduino stuff, interested in everything

Sherwin -- member of london hackspace, interested in decentralised co-operative tools

Mike -- i'm a technowanderer, not a quartermaster or a stock clerk.

Mark -- non-member, like to do data analysis and visualisation, interested in getting into wireless stuff

Isis -- interested in AI stuff

Leif -- still working on library in Python

Corey -- builds robots

Kelly -- work in neuroscience, am your treasurer

Tom -- fights for the user

Miloh -- perform primary reduction on robots

Max -- member on hiatus, BACK BACK!

Monad -- made all those sculptures

Danny -- hacks free speech

Milo -- I like legos and droids and I like my party

Jesse -- interested in poetry and philosophy and EMBEDDED LINUX

Hipe -- normally software hacker, lately exploring why people don't do space-hacking

Michel -- "French guy" ask me about the French elections

Rayc -- I've somehow tripled my efforts.

Short Announcements

  • Cool new projects? Something you'd like people to know? Say now, but keep it short!
  • Any happenings at the space of which members should be made aware.

There's a vegan hacker thing going on. The dirty shop has been improved beyond all recognition. The Bash class.

Danny talked at GREAT length about

Hipe talks about the work on the kitchen and the dirty shop. They're improving usability, and reducing redundancy.

Monad says he has brought a key-cutter.

Eric says he sells laptop locks. And he wants to donates these locks, proceeds go to Noisebridge. Leif says its a false sense of security.

New or Stale Events

New event! Brewmaster's club here at 9.30, under the "influence" for David and Malakar.

Rayc would like to show Hackers' Wanted this 8.30 Friday.

Membership Binder

  • Invite a knowledgeable volunteer to describe membership, and the application process.

Being a member of Noisebridge is not like being a member of a gym or your local chess club. Anyone can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community better than it is today.

  • Read off any names from the binder for the past month. Write a check on every open application.
  • Anyone eligible to join this week should
    • introduce themselves,
    • answer any questions members may have for them, then
    • leave the area in search of gifts (traditionally beer and a lime, or cookies) for the rest of the group.
  • The rest of the meeting should reach consensus on whether they may join.
  • Remember to applaud new members when they return.

Financial Report

Consensus items

You may wish to invite a knowledgeable volunteer to repeat a brief primer on the consensus process.

Proposals from last week

(Add any items which pass or are blocked to the Consensus Items History page.)

Proposals for next week

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

Discussion Items


Hipe says there's a delicate balance for chores. Talking to Miloh and Rayc about how to show what things get done.

If an item of discussion drags on too long, further discussion may be postponed until after the meeting ends.

During discussion, it is not necessary to write down exact what each person says. Record the topics of discussion, and any items of consensus or controversy here. Detailed descriptions of the conversation should go on the discuss page for this meeting.

End of Meeting

  • PGP Key Signing could happen now, check the list to see who wants in on the action.
  • Return the membership binder to it's rightful location.
  • Clean and tidy the meeting notes, then save them to the wiki.
  • Send a summary of the meeting notes to the discussion list.
  • Enjoy the company of your fellow hacker or robot.
  • Discuss any items for which there was not time during the meeting.