[hackerspaces] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

Al Jigong Billings albill at openbuddha.com
Tue Apr 3 07:04:31 CEST 2012

On Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM, Doug Philips wrote:
> Maker Faire defines how all
> this works, and they've changed so I won't participate. Cool! Start
> something else! But just do nothing means that the DoD wins, they're
> in control, if you don't play their game, you don't play? Really?

You mean do something else like Mitch taking a group of hackers to China to see people and work on things or his previous efforts visiting various groups, running workshops, and so forth? Are you even aware of these things?
> So why not take the lessons learned and "reboot" Maker Faires? Is the
> movement still so fragile that it would be treasonous to do so? Why
> "wring your hands" over this instead of taking some more positive
> action?

 Who is wringing hands and who is not acting?

 I'm president of a hackerspace that's been going for most of two years at this point. We're doing plenty. Thanks.
> Surely there are more reasons than this one to support another venue.
> Don't call your thing a MakerFaire and then you're not under that
> poisoned umbrella.

You seem hyperfocused on Maker Faire. Mitch simply said he wasn't participating. End of story. If you are, great. 
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