[Noisebridge-discuss] Reminder: things keep happening

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Fri Dec 12 03:34:56 UTC 2014


Thanks, Jeffrey.  I  concur.  Let's talk about this in the coming days, and come up with a plan we think will have the best outcomes. 

Best, 
Mitch. 

From: jeffreyatw at gmail.com
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:59:08 -0800
To: noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
Subject: [Noisebridge-discuss] Reminder: things keep happening

There seems to be the misconception that the usual problems (sleeping, drunkenness, storing/stealing things, etc.) have ceased at Noisebridge since the Reboot took place. This is incorrect.
October 3: Jean-Jacques found storing things in the basement. https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2014-October/045384.html
October 15: Matthew found sleeping and asked to leave. https://noisebridge.slack.com/archives/no-fly-list/p1413410367000012
November 1: Pirate Matt asked to leave due to intoxication. https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2014-November/045528.html
November 14: Darkroom found roped off and full of technology being used for someone's personal project. https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2014-November/045603.html
November 24: David asked to leave. https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=86&diff=45392&oldid=44877
December 9: Sid was hanging around outside. https://www.noisebridge.net/pipermail/noisebridge-discuss/2014-December/045711.html
These sorts of incidents have been occurring at Noisebridge since its inception. What I would argue has changed since the Reboot is that people have been much more vigilant in reporting and taking care of these issues and not letting them fester.
The reason I bring this up is in regards to keeping the space open over the holidays. These kinds of incidents will continue to happen until the end of time, and they often require multiple people to prevent them. If there are not multiple people at the space at any time looking out for this sort of thing, then the space is at risk.
I understand that I am mostly preaching to the choir, but we need to remember that just because Noisebridge is a do-ocracy!!! and it's full of hackers!!! doesn't mean we're special snowflakes equipped to solve wide-ranging cultural issues. That's not why Noisebridge exists.
Closing the space during the holidays should not be considered a "failure" on anyone's part. Rather, it should convey the message that our community is strong enough to know when it's not ready to "do" or "hack" too big of a problem. And it reinforces what we've passed via consensus: that Noisebridge does not have a responsibility to be open 24/7, but that it should be "open as much as possible".
Jeffrey

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