[Noisebridge-discuss] Semantics

Liz Henry lizhenry at gmail.com
Wed Apr 3 01:42:43 UTC 2013

There have been suggestions at various times that people who really don't
want to be interrupted might put up a little "Working, please don't
interrupt me" sign.

Maybe a good opportunity for use of the laser cutter and some plywood!

When I don't mind being interrupted, I sit near the entry hall, make eye
contact with people, and greet them. Often it is really fun.

Overhearing things happening and other people's conversations is also a
good way towards serendipitously finding out cool stuff and getting
involved in other projects.

It can be awkward to try to negotiate with people to be quieter but I've
also seen that done successfully. It works best not to act entitled to that
quietness, since everyone is there to use the space for different reasons
and may do so in different styles.  It can work to ask nicely if people
might move to the other end of the space to be loud in, or, explain
non-acrimoniously that you are looking for a quiet spot, and move yourself,
so they understand.

- lizzard

On Tue, Apr 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM, Gopiballava Flaherty
<gopiballava at gmail.com>wrote:

> When I lived in Germany, I went to a meeting of the local branch of the
> Chaos Computer Club. The people there were doing nothing but coding on
> their own projects. There was very minimal social interaction. It seemed
> pointless - why go to a specific place to code surrounded by other people
> absorbed in their own code? Couldn't you just sit at home and code?
> Now, I am aware that not everybody can code at home, and NB has hardware
> as well, etc, but I can definitely imagine why some people would think that
> the expectation of NB is that people are there for community and
> interaction while doing their projects.
> Would something like different tables for distraction free vs. "I want to
> share ideas and hear your opinions" work make any sense? I'd expect some
> people really want interaction.
> Also, re: headphones, a friend of mine in Pittsburgh has been having
> people on the bus repeatedly try to converse with her while she wears very
> large headphones. Sometimes these people get annoyed she doesn't respond...
> Thanks,
> gopi at iPad
> On Apr 2, 2013, at 18:06, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
> > Mitchel McAllister wrote, On 2013-04-02 17:38:
> >> I'm not possessive of a particular place. I just want somewhere I can
> >> work. I don't care where in the space it is, as long as I am allowed
> >> to work on my stuff without constant disruptions. I thought the first
> >> rule was "Be Excellent to Each Other"? How is being disruptive being
> >> excellent?
> >
> > A good question to ask ones self whenever anything regarding frustration
> > and a hacker space (or any space for that matter) comes up is, "What
> > requires me to continue existing inside of this space (as oppose to many
> > other open spaces) to the point where I observe myself to become
> > frustrated?"
> >
> > Remember that Noisebridge isn't mission critical, and by design doesn't
> > work for everyone 100% of the time they're there. Leaving for somewhere
> > else that works for you is always an ok option, over attempting to
> > change something that's grown quite organic into what it is now.
> >
> > Take myself for instance, I've hardly set foot in the space over the
> > last year, and I'm a founding member. I can't be productive with my own
> > work in that environment anymore. Does that mean Noisebridge is broken,
> > simply because it doesn't work for me? But it's working so well for so
> > many other people, most of the time. I'm happy Noisebridge continues to
> > exist, because it gives hackers who can work within its ridiculousness a
> > space to form community and build questionable things.
> >
> > --
> > Rubin
> > rubin at starset.net
> >
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