I hate to ask this, but has anyone ever been kicked-out-of/banned-fromOn 16/11/2011 00:12, Russ Garrett wrote:
> I don't usually get angry about things. I really don't mind people
> occasionally sleeping in the space, but it is now getting silly.
> One of our toilets has a collection of toiletries to rival an upmarket
> west end club. These should be removed by Thursday or they will be
> Someone is completely taking the piss and it's wearing me down. I
> don't think it's just me, you're diminishing the value of the space
> for everyone by using it as a cheap hostel.
> I'm going to give this one more chance, but if this doesn't work I'm
> going to seek to outright ban sleeping in the space, and I really
> don't want to do that.
the space for breaking the rules? Is there any sort of announcement
if/when someone is banned?
I know this doesn't address this post directly, but it does address the
tone of the other subsequent replies to it.
While I know it's better to deal with individual issues in private for
many reasons, when larger rules are broken it serves a positive purpose
to show the penalty for breaking those rules being enforced publicly.
I believe rules are only as strong as the ability to enforce them, and
if they aren't shown being enforced now and then, the perception is that
they aren't being enforced at all.
If people are continually breaking the rules, then accountability needs
to be forced upon those who are doing so, or risk ALL rules being seen
as equally unenforced.
I'm also concerned that there might be a touch of "Geek Social Fallacy
#1" (http://www.plausiblydeniable.com/opinion/gsf.html) at work here. No
one wants to be the one to call someone on bad behaviour because they
themselves don't want to be seen as evil/mean/unfair.
And even if they are, there enough members of the space now it's hard to
know everyones names. How do you identify someone if you were to report
While not practical for the space in the same way, meets I go to
regularly now have at least one person officially on-staff at each, even
wearing a special staff T-shirt. They act as go-to person for the venue
owners in case of trouble, but also go-to person for attendees having
trouble or seeing someone breaking the rules. Stuff gets dealt with
immediately and quietly, but temporary and permanent bans are notified
Perhaps running the issues like trouble-tickets, or having a contact
rota to similarly report issues to immediately?
The issue I was asking about was generally rule-enforcement and
accountability, not banning alone, though I used it as the extreme example.
The summation of the intent of the question I was asking was; what is
the penalty for breaking the rules and is it visible?
There is no penalty, and no one has ever been banned from the space or
stripped of their membership.
Following serious incidents in the past members have been spoken to
individually and this has generally been well recieved and successful.
I don't think discussion of punishment is particularly constructive
until we have attempted to resolve these issues on a personal basis
(posting to the mailing list doesn't count). The rules are primarily in
place to provide gudiance and as a reference.
People keep coming before they start paying!
People are welcome at nearly any time of day, it just that members
just get certain perks. Like 24/7 access via an RFID card, accounts on
Babbage, occasional discounts on workshops, etc.
I used to be a paying member and I've let my subscription lapse. This
is due to money and time constraints. When I visit now I make sure I
go when I know people are likely to be around to let me in.
Unfortunately there was no automatic methods that remove my account
from the computer to prevent RFID access. This is a matter of someone
writing the code.
Erm, I'm pretty sure that isn't the case... Or it's not supposed to be
anyway. You should be paying at least £5/month IIRC.
We are open to non-members providing a paying member is present (which is most
of the time).
> Erm, I'm pretty sure that isn't the case... Or it's not supposed to be
> anyway. You should be paying at least £5/month IIRC.
I've visited the hackspace on the odd weekend long before I became a
member. I had no expectation of gaining access, and tried to
contribute what little I could when I did. I had no storage so had to
carry all my projects and any special equipment with me.
For the short time I was a member I'd turn up at what could be
considered un-sociable times usually early on a Sunday morning. My
membership meant that I could gain access without having to bother
anyone else. I could also store my stuff in a Members Box, a member
perk I forgot to mention.
If the space started being a strictly member-only space it would be
detrimental to the entire atmosphere.
And of course there was the whole buddhist monk thing at noisebridge
Where should this be linked so that people read it?
How about an exam ? Periodically, Doorbot disables your card. To get
it re-enabled, you have to answer questions posed from the wiki, which
force you to read important pages.
> case-by-case basis. I don't think the mess etc is a cause for this (which
> now I think about it was probably made worse by the fact that everything got
> moved out of the kitchen to allow Phil & Robert to attach brackets for the
> counters (Thanks, guys, you rock!)
On this thread .. is it OK to put some of the temporarily-moved stuff
back in the kitchen ? There's an oven and various cupboards in the
workshop, but I don't want to move them out of the way (back to the
kitchen) if someone's working on them.
a) annoying and likely to drive people away;
b) not going to work because people will just go look at the wiki when
they need the answers, not when it actually matters (ie the rest of
the time). And they won't read the whole page anyway, they'll Ctrl+F
for the words they're looking for.
"The ‘Net is a waste of time, and that’s exactly what’s right about
it." ~ William Gibson
As a group, many of us try to solve people problems with technology.
This is not always effective.
As a group, many of us try to solve people problems with technology.
I'll take that as excess cynicism, because, really ? are people that
uncommitted that being asked to look at the wiki once every 6 months
or something will make them leave ? and would we even miss them ?
i'm not asking people to interact with the wiki at the door on every
entry. just get nagged by doorbot occasionally and told to refresh
their membership rites or lose access.
> b) not going to work because people will just go look at the wiki when
> they need the answers, not when it actually matters (ie the rest of
> the time). And they won't read the whole page anyway, they'll Ctrl+F
> for the words they're looking for.
text search is easily avoided by asking comprehension questions.
writing suitable search terms will cause them to read the wiki in a
great deal more detail than the question will require, hence job done.
yes, it's not going to encourage someone with a deep psychological
horror of wikis make it their bedtime reading. but it might ensure
they do actually know there are a few rules, or that some equipment
needs extra care.
Also we need rules and procedures to assess whether the bot will be ethical and address the underlying issues.
Your initial proposal included "Doorbot disables your card" -- for
people like me, who don't live in London, it would be *really*
annoying to get to the space and find my card didn't work/I couldn't
get into the space because of a random "quiz to refresh your
>> b) not going to work because people will just go look at the wiki when
>> they need the answers, not when it actually matters (ie the rest of
>> the time). And they won't read the whole page anyway, they'll Ctrl+F
>> for the words they're looking for.
> text search is easily avoided by asking comprehension questions.
> writing suitable search terms will cause them to read the wiki in a
> great deal more detail than the question will require, hence job done.
Which means someone will have to mark the answers, because I don't
think computers are intelligent enough to know whether an answer is
right or not when it doesn't know what the exact wording of the answer
has to be? Are you volunteering?
(I'm saying all of this as someone who *does* read the wiki
periodically to pass on info and rules to friends who ask about the
'space and its equipment, fwiw.)
Stop inventing elaborate technological solutions for social problems.
I agree with Will, we just need a few more posters and other simple
ways of encouraging people to read the rules.
Now unless someone has something constructive to add, can I suggest we
kindly shut the hell up before everyone unsubscribes from the list
except for the trolls.
I know it's *technically* a technological solution, but...
Posters with QR codes leading to the rules page.
People like QR codes. (Some) people will scan them and see where they
go. And end up on the rules page. Ta-da!
the problem isn't even that people do not know the rules.
problem A is that (apparently) (some) people don't care about the rules.
problem B is that other people are hesitant to confront the people in A.
a poster on the wall, gives some authority or at least support, to the
guy in B, addressing the guy in A, and helps to alleviate B's concern
on how to deal with "says who?" (says this big ass sign on this wall.)
On 17 November 2011 16:14, Katie Sutton <ka...@tajasel.org> wrote:
And this is why I love Hackspace. One person comes up with an idea;
another person develops it and makes it more awesome.
*Train* and *cat* !
You have clearly not owed a cat!
We could also train it to jump on sleeping ppl at certain times of the day to solve that problem too.
FTFY*Train* and *cat* ! You have clearly not served a cat! Kimball (drrk)
On Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:16:47 -0000, Adrian Godwin <artg...@gmail.com>
" et cognoscetis veritatem et veritas liberabit vos. "