[hackerspaces] Is this a hackerspace?

William Reyor opticfiber at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 20:09:01 CET 2013

Yes of course freeside atl is a Hackerspace 

my point is that it's easy to start judging, but that maybe it's not such a simple thing to discern and start judging which spaces belong and which don't.

- William Reyor

On Jan 2, 2013, at 1:56 PM, Steven Sutton <ssutton4455 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Also, the two member sponsorship is not an uncommon practice. We're actually really friendly and inviting, which is why we've been able to almost double our membership over the last 9 months. Sponsors work to bring new members into the community and introduce them around. It's very helpful.
> Maybe you were just joking, but we're far from elitist and exclusive :)

> Steven
> On Jan 2, 2013 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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