[Noisebridge-discuss] policies and procedures (more things you don't want to hear)

Liz Henry liz at bookmaniac.org
Sat Jan 1 23:39:12 PST 2011

Hey Patrick,

I think reframing some of that as "customary practices" instead of
"policies" may be useful, and won't put people's backs up quite so much.

Why not list some of your observations on some current Noisebridge
customs on the wiki?

I will then change anything that strikes me as filthy orc-speak into
kinder, gentler, anarcho-feminist language.  Or, whatever.


- Liz

On 1/1/11 9:25 PM, Patrick Keys wrote:
> Since nobody wants to hear it from me, I'll try to keep this short:
> Going into this new year, Noisebridge should (needs!) do things like the 
> rest of the world and formally acknowledge some policies and procedures. 
>   You can read more about these types of things at:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policies_and_procedures
> There are both legal and practical requirements for policies and 
> procedures.  While it sounds cool to claim there's no policies, I'm 
> certain Noisebridge has at least some general policies. "Be excellent to 
> each other", wear shoes while in the space, don't use bittorrent on the 
> noisebridge network, clean up after yourself, don't sleep here overnight 
> are just a few policies that I know exist.
> As for procedures, Noisebridge has some of those as well.  Post 
> something to the rack list if you modify a server, put money into the 
> drink donations bin if you take a drink from the fridge, etc.  A few 
> more that should seriously be considered are providing a real receipt to 
> the treasurer/bookkeeper if you spend noisebridge money, a procedure to 
> reserve certain resources for a specific date/time (a classroom, use of 
> a projector, etc.), and accepting packages delivered to noisebridge and 
> notifying the recipient.
> All policies and procedures should be kept in a location that guests and 
> members alike can easily locate.  I recommend:
> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Policies_and_procedures
> Policies and procedures prevent petty disputes and allow people that 
> don't know each other very well and don't particularly like each other 
> very much to at least sorta get along with each other.  Noisebridge has 
> too many members and visitors at this point to not have any general 
> policies and procedures.
> Hopefully this posting will not start a flame war.
> Happy New Year!
> Patrick
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Liz Henry
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