[Noisebridge-discuss] proposal to improve latest membership proposal
jake at spaz.org
Mon Nov 4 01:25:44 UTC 2013
At the end of this post is the text of my proposal for the 2013 November
Last week Noisebridge consensed on an amendment to the access policy, with
wording that was based on a proposal I had made.
Unfortunately I was not at the meeting when this was consensed, but if I
was I would have questioned the reason for some of the changes.
Specifically, I proposed "the policy of Noisebridge as a space open only
to Members and their guests shall be changed to 24 hours a day instead of
23:00 to 10:00. This means that at any time, a person who is without a
live sponsor in the space can be told that if they cannot find a new live
sponsor promptly they should pack up and come back another time, perhaps
What was consensed was "Noisebridge's space shall be open only to members
and associate members at any time. A member or associate member may at any
time invite a person into Noisebridge and host that person at Noisebridge
as long as that member or associate member remains at Noisebridge. No
other person shall be permitted at Noisebridge at any other time."
I believe that this is a significant difference and I propose we change it
back to what I had recommended. Too many people have interpreted the
words very strictly and have misunderstood the intent behind the policy.
Since I wasn't at the meeting I don't know why the change was made. My
guess is that people were trying to understand the intent behind the words
and they got it wrong. I never thought noisebridge should automatically
eject anyone, at 11PM or ever.
I just think we should make it clear to people that they are expected to
get to know at least one member of the space if they want to use it, and
that if they don't, they might be asked to leave if no member wants them
the proposal should be worded as follows:
What was consensed as
"Noisebridge's space shall be open only to members and associate members
at any time. A member or associate member may at any time invite a person
into Noisebridge and host that person at Noisebridge as long as that
member or associate member remains at Noisebridge. No other person shall
be permitted at Noisebridge at any other time."
should be changed to
"Noisebridge is open to Members, Associate Members, and guests sponsored
by same, at all times. Any person who is not one of the above may be
asked to leave if no Member or Associate Member present wishes to sponsor
them at that time, with no other justification being necessary.
People coming to Noisebridge who don't know anyone should be introduced
to members who are present so that sponsorship can occur if members
present choose to do so at that time. Noisebridge should present itself
as "open to public visitors and guests as often as possible"
If you have suggested amendments to this wording please say so now so we
can begin the discussion.
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