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Noisebridge members are the only folks in our community who are empowered to fully participate in Noisebridge's consensus process. This is a heady and awesome responsibility, and it is likewise an involved process to become a member.
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Lots of folks come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community better than it is today.
Noisebridge members are the only folks in our community who are empowered to fully participate in Noisebridge's consensus process. This is a heady and awesome responsibility, and it is likewise an involved process to become a member. Here's how it goes!
New membership process in 2022
This is the new process we agreed on back in Feb. 2022.
- Fill out top part of the membership application form. There should be blank forms in the membership binder, or you can print your own. The source for the form is currently in a Google doc, with a checklist of things a new applicant should learn on the back!
- Put your completed application form in the binder at the space.
- Persuade a current Noisebridge member to sponsor your application by signing your application form and going over the checklist on the back of the form with you. The sponsor is there to teach you all that useful stuff!
Please show up for the next Tuesday meeting. If no one blocks your application then you are now an associate member. Congrats! Make sure the form stays in the binder.
After 4 weeks, you can then find a second sponsor and fill out the bottom half of the application in the binder. 4 more weeks go by where your name should be read out in the Tuesday meetings. If no one blocks your membership in that extra month, and everything is done on the checklist (set up a recurring donation please) you become a member of Noisebridge!
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- Every meeting, there is a standing agenda item to read all the applications in the binder. You do not have to be present when your application is read.
- After you have hung out at Noisebridge for at least 4 weeks after filling out your application, and you have obtained two sponsors, you are up for approval.
- During that meeting you may request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, but you may put this off until the next meeting (or the next &c.). If you are unable to attend meetings, another member may proxy your request.
- During the meeting at which you request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, those present may ask you (or your proxy) questions.
- After those present are finished asking questions, you are asked to leave the room, and your application is discussed without you present. The meeting may then choose to agree to have you become a member of Noisebridge.
- Once Noisebridge has agreed to have you become a member, you pay the treasurer your dues, and give the secretary your application form.
- Until you pay the treasurer your dues, you are not a member of Noisebridge. If you have not arranged to pay your dues within thirty days of Noisebridge agreeing to have you as a member, you do not become a member, and must go through the joining process again.
Once Noisebridge has agreed to have you as a member you have two things to do:
- Fill out your contact information and give the secretary your application form.
- Make sure that your wiki user page is updated with the Category:Members.
Once you have done both these things, you are entitled to fully participation in Noisebridge's consensus process.
At any time, anyone can look in the binder and peruse the applications. If an existing member has any concerns with any of the applicants, they should take time during that month to try and resolve the problem. They may ask another member to be a proxy for them to either help resolve the problem (preferred) or to voice their objection at the approval meeting.
The membership form may be downloaded here. There are copies at the space (until we run out). If we are out of forms, you should print some more! The binder is located on the desk at the entrance, next to the donation bin. Note that these items might be relocated through the space over time.
Former aspects of membership process
(For information, and inspiration.)
Being a Member of Noisebridge
As a member of Noisebridge you are our ambassadors and advocates to the world, maintainers of our physical and digital infrastructure, and probably pretty cool. Here are some things that you should do.
- DO: Contribute to Noisebridge. Pay your dues to the treasurer at or before the first of the month, every month. If you are unable to pay your dues, please consider searching for sponsorship, or asking the treasurer about starving hacker rates. In addition to dues, help out in other ways!
- DO: Be excellent to everyone. Follow our community standards and anti-harassment policy, and teach others about them.
- DO: Represent Noisebridge. Go out into the world, visit other hackerspaces, make awesome projects, and tell everyone how great Noisebridge is.
- DO: Keep your contact info up to date. This also means ensuring that you wiki user page has the right categories.
Hiatus, Departure, and Suspension
Members can leave Noisebridge. If a member wishes to leave, they have to inform the treasurer and secretary.
If a member has not paid their dues for 3 months, and the member has not contacted the Treasurer to make arrangements for payment, their membership shall expire.
Once someone is no longer a member of Noisebridge, if that person would like to become a member of Noisebridge again, they will need to go through the entire joining process to become a member again.
Noisebridge also allows members to go on Hiatus if they wish to temporarily suspend their membership. Hiatus may be used when a member will not be involved in Noisebridge for an extended period, such as if they are traveling. To go on hiatus, you merely have to notify the treasurer and secretary. You then don't pay dues, are not able to block a consensus item, and no longer have 24-hour access to the space. When you want to come back again (i.e. you got the job or returned to the country) you simply start paying dues again.
By consensus, Noisebridge may also suspend someone's membership. During this consensus process the member being considered for suspension is not entitled to block the consensus process. If a member has been suspended, they shall no longer be considered a member of Noisebridge for any purpose, including but not limited to, participation in the consensus process, and 24-hour access to Noisebridge.