[hackerspaces] Removing non-hackerspaces from the hackerspaces.org list?

Koen Martens gmc at sonologic.nl
Tue Jun 21 15:56:41 CEST 2011

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On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 08:55:08AM -0400, Curbob wrote:
> Maybe 1 to 10 being from 1: hang out space to 10: full blown hackerspace
> That way we're not commenting on how good or bad of a space we or others may
> think a place is.

Nonono, I don't want to get involved with quantization of how 'good' a
hackerspace is. Because once you go down that road, you're inevitably
running into the need for a definition of what a hackerspace is. There is
no objective scale to which you can measure hackerspaces, i think.

What arclight proposed, and what i really liked, was the idea of adding
reviews to hackerspaces. For eg, "I went there, had a good time, but found
it to be more of a co-working space than a hackerspace." or "Been to the
space, got stoned out of my skull and got some hacking done." Those are
useful reviews I think, and anyone can take them on whatever merit they
would give them. 

My proposal was actually to NOT to a 1 out of 5 or whatever kind of rating,
because in my opinion that can't be done. I was merely bringing it up in 
the context of yelp, which does have this.

I do like the couch-surfing approach of just having 'positive/neutral/negative'
for their reviews. You do not review the couch you stayed, you review the 
experience. This helps to get a picture in a glance of what a couch is like:
25 positive and 1 negative?? Probably someone had a bad day. 3 positive, 6
neutral and 3 negative?? Maybe look for another..

Anyway, just throwing it around. I'm not gonna write an rfc, that's much
too academic for me :) If I will do something with this, i'll implement
it and it'll be just a field for a review text, no rating or whatever.

- - gmc

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