[Noisebridge-discuss] Concern with the "greeting" procedure.

John Ellis neurofog at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 17:15:52 UTC 2013

Hi Finny,

I understand your concern about distractions while in the space. I find any
noise distracting, which is why I don't hang out at the space as much as I
used to. I'm not sure if that is medically considered ADHD or not, but
partly due to residual effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

My typical greeting procedure when I see somebody enter I don't recognize,
especially if I buzzed them in, is;
"Have you been here before?"
And usually "Okay.. have fun"

Even a trivial interactions help filter some of the persons not so welcome
in the space (eg. those under the influence of drugs, alcohol)


On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:48 PM, Robert "Finny" Merrill <
rfmerrill at berkeley.edu> wrote:

> So I don't expect nb to adjust its culture based on my personal
> idiosyncrasies but...
> Generally when I come into nb, I have something immediate on my
> mind--I need to solder or desolder something, or measure something on
> a scope, or check my email, or use the bathroom etc.
> I have nontrivial ADHD. When I have a task in mind it is VERY
> disruptive for me to be engaged in conversation that I have to put
> thought into. It's as if I am mentally carrying a stack of dishes and
> someone coming up to me and talking to me is like being physically
> bumped into.
> So if every time I walk into the space, I have to engage in a
> conversation with someone before I am allowed to do what I have on my
> mind, this makes NB a much less useful place to get work done.
> Maybe other people share this trait, maybe not. Just giving my perspective.
> -Finny
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