[Noisebridge-discuss] Thoughts on establishing commitment to NB

Jake jake at spaz.org
Tue Jun 4 09:21:42 UTC 2013

LOL!  Patrick do you not realize that the most commonly stolen item at 
noisebridge are the "free" t-shirts?

I regularly see people on the street or sleeping at noisebridge 
(apparently homeless) who ditched their previous dirty shirt to change 
into a nice clean Noisebridge t-shirt.

As if that weren't bad enough, i KNOW people steal money from both the 
t-shirt donation box and the noisebridge donation box.  We don't empty 
them nearly often enough and really, it's pretty pathetic how poor our 
cashbox security is considering we're supposed to be hackers.


Patrick Lake wrote:
Hi list,

It's been quite a while since I've posted or spent much time at the place, 
but I lurk.  Please let me suggest 2 modest possibilities to help your 
problem of establishing who's excellent and who isn't.

1. Time cards? ID's?  No, T-shirts.  Wear your Noisebridge shirt.  Those 
without shirts may be asked to leave as non-members or buy a shirt.  Those 
who can't cooperate or remember to wear with each visit, may not be there 
for hack-related work.  It's the easiest possible ID I could possibly 
think of.  Allow 1 free visit, and ask them to buy a shirt on the way out 
if they want to return.  Shirts are cheap, even a $15 threshold for entry 
is close to nothing. For the very indigent who show commitment to the 
place, let them benefit from generosity of donations to some small fund.

2.  Chore list.  Ask visitors to do 1 chore per visit if they're staying 
more than a few hours. Have them sign the list or get it verified by a 
member.  Very easy stuff- take out 1 trash can, whatever.  Maybe put 
values on them, like, cleaning the bathroom earns a week of visits.

Perhaps these could make easy reasons to kick out non-cooperators, besides 
fighting or doing drugs.  If a visitor refuses to do simple stuff like 
that, they may be up to no good.

- Pat

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