[hackerspaces] MyHackerspace status Android app

Ben Brown ben at kwartzlab.ca
Thu Jan 3 20:04:01 CET 2013

For our SpaceAPI we poll our public events Google calendar to determine
if we're 'open' or not, which is to say we're 'Open to the Public', or
'Closed to the public; Open for members' which is our default status.


On 1/3/2013 10:19 AM, David Powell wrote:
> We are located in Baltimore City which has a high crime rate. So
> providing a method for criminals to know if someone is at our space or
> not could be a bad idea. I know that it's not likely the app would be
> used for that but the risk is there. I'm open to hearing reason why I
> should not be concerned about this. We already have a page where our
> members can check to see if someone is at our space or not. We just
> tell people about it when they ask instead of posting it on our
> website. Perhaps a method of approval would work so we can at least
> keep track of who is requesting access. If a member of another
> hackerspace wants to know when we are open I feel like at least they
> have a reason for knowing. However if some crackhead in Baltimore
> stumbles across our website and notices that there is an app that
> tells him when we are open or not then I would not want him to have
> access to that information.
> I guess I could just modify your app myself but I do like the idea of
> being on a list so people know they can request access to our status
> so it would be better in my opinion if something was implemented in
> the main app.
> David
> On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM, Aubort Jean-Baptiste
> <aubort.jeanbaptiste at gmail.com <mailto:aubort.jeanbaptiste at gmail.com>>
> wrote:
>     Hi, 
>     I guess it's not in the spirit of the federated SpaceAPI, the goal
>     of the API is to build around spaces publishing public
>     information. But you can still use the app without publishing the
>     actual status.
>     What could be problematic with a public status for you ?
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