[hackerspaces] hacker passport, international hacker memberiship, resources sharing

john arclight arclight at gmail.com
Mon Jun 13 20:41:29 CEST 2011

There seems to be a de-facto process, at least with us.

1. We get an e-mail that says "Hi! I'm a hacker from out of town. I'm
going to be in <your city> on <this date>. Can I come hang out?

2. We get an e-mail that says "Hi! I'm a hacker from out of town.
<Person that you know> said you guys are cool and that I should come
by your space. Can I come hang out?

3. We get an e-mail that says "Hi! I'm <person you know from mailing
list X>. Can I come hang out?

Yes, we're talking unauthenticated SMTP communication and unverified
references. But we have yet to experience a problem from someone
referred here by any of these ways.  I'm probably more open to letting
folks crash here overnight if I already know them or have good
authority on them, but I can't see any situation where I'm going to
turn them away from hanging out with us.


On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 5:55 AM, Ross Smith <rsmith at i3detroit.com> wrote:
> The reason I would never support a hacker passport is that it would involve
> me refusing hacker guests who don't possess one.
> Seriously, unless someone is going to be in my space, consuming its
> resources at the expense of my membership for several weeks, I don't see any
> problem with a completely informal system.  If a visiting hacker will
> require the resources of my space in that way, we'll work out an ad hoc
> agreement.  It certainly doesn't happen often enough to be a systematic
> problem requiring a systematic solution.
> Rules are bad; we only need them when the problems are worse.  As such I
> rejoyce at the idea that hackers cooperate on the basis of being intelligent
> people rather than participants in a system.
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