[hackerspaces] Is this a hackerspace?

William Reyor opticfiber at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 20:03:48 CET 2013

Ok so lets get this right.

For-profit  spaces that are not member run - OK
Non-profit member run spaces - OK
Non-profit spaces that have paid classes - OK
For profit spaces that have paid classes - Not OK

What about spaces that rely on local government for support would they be allowed?

I think trying to judge and measure each entity is an exercise in futility. Why not allow what is ?

- William Reyor

On Jan 2, 2013, at 1:47 PM, Buddy Smith <buddy.smith at ieee.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM, William Reyor <opticfiber at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Should probably remove freespace Atlanta too then.
> You mean Freeside?
> It's a non-profit, organized as a hackerspace. It self identifies as a hackerspace 
>> https://sites.google.com/site/freesideatl/joining
>> http://hackerspaces.org/wiki/FreesideAtlanta
>> Requires two members to sponsor, sounds elitist and exclusive to me.
>> Then again, who am I to start judging who belongs and who doesn't....
> I think there can be a distinction between "hackerspace" and "not hackerspace".
> If you can justify it, then remove them. I think you'll find some objection.
> I think Freeside shares some number of qualities with most hackerspaces, and "Hacker Hostel" does not. It's not member-run, it's for profit, it's nothing more than a dorm and set of expensive IT classes.
> Personally, I think tech shops and hackerspaces/makerspaces should remain on the wiki. Coworking spaces should probably not be on the wiki, IT schools should not be on the wiki.
> I think for-profit IT schools with no other links to the hackerspace movement should be deleted.
> --buddy
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