[Noisebridge-discuss] proposal to improve latest membership proposal

Jake 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 
5th meeting.

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 
Tuesday night."

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."

https://noisebridge.net/index.php?title=Meeting_Notes_2013_10_29&oldid=34810#Proposal_to_create_an_Associate_Member_role_and_limit_access_to_Noisebridge_24.2F7_to_Member.2C_Associate_Member_and_thoes_hosted_by_M_and_AM

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 
to stay.

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.

-jake


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