[hackerspaces] Member Polices/Agreements

Matthew Forr matthew.forr at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 19:02:28 CEST 2010

I think our first rule is 'Don't make us make a rule', the second is 'Be
awesome.' and the third is 'if you take a beer from the fridge, put some
money in the tin for it'.

On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 12:38 PM, Matt lehner <mlehner at gmail.com> wrote:

> In conjunction with developing the by-laws for Buffalo Lab, I am
> concerned about having a Membership Agreement and associated AUPs.
> From a managerial point of view it is important to have a common set
> of rules and regulations people can abide by. Though, it seems at odds
> with the openness of the general hackerspace mentality.
> As an organization we do not want to be dictating rules at every turn,
> but over the year Buffalo Lab has been operating.. questions about
> rules and what is allowed has come up repeatedly. We have resorted to
> signs around the space stating DO and DON'T but that can't continue
> forever.
> What have other hackerspaces done in regards to disseminating rules to
> members? Is it generally on a case by case basis, or do other
> hackerspaces have a set of rules that all members are aware of.
> Lastly, enforcing rules seems to be the hardest part of all. Partly
> because of timing, rule enforcers cannot be at the space 24/7 and not
> all members are comfortable confronting people. But also how is
> fairness handled? Do people use a 3-strike rule or zero-tolerance
> policies?
> I know I asked a lot of questions, and some might be answered by
> looking at another space's rules, policies or aup. I quickly scanned
> through the websites of various hackerspaces and did not find many or
> any public membership agreements to speak of. So if anyone does have
> one, that would be a huge help.
> Thanks, Matt
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