[Noisebridge-discuss] A modest proposal.

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Sun Feb 12 07:31:02 PST 2012


On 02/09/2012 01:38 AM, Matt Joyce wrote:
> Problem:  Noisebridge has some security / personal safety issues.
> 
> Definition of problem:  In what seems to be an escalating series of
> conflicts, many paying members and contributing community members have
> become concerned about their own safety.  In addition to that
> fundamental concern there is the more grandiose concern that the
> culture of Noisebridge and its community is suffering.
> 
> Requirements to address problem:
> 
> Members of noisebridge must feel safe at noisebridge.
> 
> The culture of noisebridge with a specific eye towards the universal
> openness and acceptance of people in it's mission to share knowledge
> and expertise must be preserved.
> 
> Solution Proposal:
> 
> Close noisebridge at 11pm PST every weekday and close at midnight on
> Friday and Saturday evenings.
> 
> And I mean universally closed.  No exclusions and no exceptions.  Like
> last call at a bar.  You can always go home but you can't stay here.
> 
> Results:
> 
> No more crazy vagrants show up in the late hours to prey upon folks.
> No more crashing at noisebridge by homeless jerkfaces who like to ruin
> a good thing for everyone.
> No more drunks showing up to annoy people.
> No more risk of getting jacked up on your way to the bart / bus / bike
> / hanglider... etc because the sun is not around.
> No impact on the open nature of the space, as when the space is
> available all are welcome.
> 
> 

I'd like to suggest that this does not solve the problem you have
outlined. Perhaps, if anything, it may limit the scope of the problem
but that's not even a certainty. Limiting access to the space will
almost certainly impact the community but I'm unconvinced it will be a
positive impact.

All the best,
Jake


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