[Noisebridge-discuss] Meeting notes for 2011-01-25

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Mon Jan 31 11:51:24 PST 2011


There is a meeting every Tuesday, at (about) 8PM.  You are welcome to
come, simply show up!

ShellyShelly wrote:
> hey i'd like to start going to these meetings...i never know about them.
>  are they announced somehwere?  or do i need to track the web site?  or,
> do i need to be a member already? (Not, yet, though meaning to.)
> 
> On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM, Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org
> <mailto:schoen at loyalty.org>> wrote:
> 
>     2011-01-25
> 
>     Meeting started at 20:35
> 
>     Danny is moderating and Seth is taking notes.
> 
>     What Noisebridge is!
> 
>     Miloh's secret name is Froggytoad!  Don't tell anyone.
> 
>     People are here, some for the first time!  Noisebridge is a doocracy.
>     We also have a consensus process and a membership process.
> 
>     Announcements:
> 
>     Pete from Wikimedia says that a barcamp recap is happening here at
>     6:00p next Tuesday.
> 
>     The vending machine now accepts dollar bills again.
> 
>     The vending machine door needs to be closed quite tightly in order to
>     avoid leaking all over the floor.
> 
>     The vending machine should be twinned with the EFF vending machine
>     so that purchasing soda at EFF causes it to appear at Noisebridge
>     and vice versa.
> 
>     Treasurer's report:
> 
>     We have $19,943.17 in the bank.
> 
>     Please donate $56.83 to Noisebridge so that we will have $20,000.
>      You --
>     yes, you -- can put us over $20,000 right now!
> 
>     We collected $3400+$860 in membership dues for January.  However, $700
>     of that is one person's back dues and several others are people paying
>     back dues, so we can't expect to receive this much in monthly membership
>     dues.
> 
>     Donations were at $1250.  This is better than some points but worse than
>     other points.
> 
>     Another concern is that we don't seem to make money on t-shirts.
> 
>     Q. But I bought one!
>     A. Yes, but we may be spending as much money on making the shirts as
>     we actually receive for people's purchases.  So they may not actually
>     be a source of net revenue.
> 
>     We seem to be approximately breaking even on shirts so it might be OK
>     that we do the shirts even if they aren't a net positive.  Beverage
>     income is also still unclear, so please give Kelly more information
>     about beverage income.
> 
>     Also, donation bins now have locks.
> 
>     Q. Where is the donation bin referred to on the fridge?
>     A. Actually, it's inside the fridge.  We put it there so it would be
>     clear where it was.
> 
>     Q. Don't the banks dislike receiving bills that have been refrigerated
>     because they are damp with condensation?
>     A. Apparently the ATMs are currently accepting such bills without
>     errors.
> 
>     Kelly would like clearer sources of data about tracking beverage
>     income in order to be able to respond to people who are enthusiastic
>     about this as a fundraising source.  Danny would also like to be able
>     to track income from 5MoF and the like.
> 
>     Q. What is the average dues payment?
>     A. Currently data is being crunched.  Noted that we have 12 affiliate
>     members and there are multiple $40 affiliates and one $80 affiliate.
>     You can also use this mechanism for some anonymity concerns.
> 
>     Q. We should redesign the donation box in the refrigerator to make it
>     more visible and apparent.
>     A. You are the third person to say that it's unclear where it is.
>     A. Also, you can revise the signs yourself to make it clearer.
> 
>     We are going to skip the "what's going on at Noisebridge" section.
>     There's some stuff coming up: the wiki meeting, as well as the one-a-day
>     art exhibit in February.
> 
>     Q. What is Tastebridge brewing?
>     A. Largely kombucha.  There is also a vegan food thing.
> 
>     Q. ?
>     A. !
> 
>     No consensus items today.
> 
>     Discussion items:
> 
>     There is now a Wikileaks mirror under the Noisebridge domain.  Is this
>     a bad idea for Noisebridge as an organization?
> 
>     Comment. Someone felt that they couldn't give us money because they felt
>     they had a conflict with the Wikileaks mirror.
> 
>     Danny feels that people would probably not pursue Noisebridge legally
>     for this.
> 
>     Q. Does it threaten our nonprofit status?  Does it create unnecessary
>     risk?
> 
>     Danny: In my opinion, no.
> 
>     Meeting ended at 21:19
> 
>     --
>     Seth David Schoen <schoen at loyalty.org <mailto:schoen at loyalty.org>> |
>     Qué empresa fácil no pensar en
>         http://www.loyalty.org/~schoen/   | un tigre, reflexioné.
>         http://vitanuova.loyalty.org/     |            -- Borges, El Zahir
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