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Being a member of Noisebridge is not like being a member of a gym or your local chess club. Anyone can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community better than it is today.  
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Do not edit this page. This page is the official process that Noisebridge has agreed by [[consensus]]. If you wish to modify it, you should bring up your desired changes at a weekly [[meeting]].
  
Do not edit this page. This page is the official process that Noisebridge has agreed by [[consensus]]. If you wish to modify it, you should bring up your desired changes at a [[meeting]], it may be valuable to talk with the [[Policy Wonks]] first.
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Though there is no fee or membership dues for being a Noisebridge member, we ask that folks contribute according to their ability and how much they use Noisebridge. For a lot of folks, the best way to give back to Noisebridge is to contribute to our operating expenses with a [[Donate_or_Pay_Dues|regular monthly donation]]. Others prefer to contribute by helping out as a docent, teaching lots of useful classes, or repairing the space. If you're not sure how best to give back to Noisebridge, you should get in touch with a [[:Category:Members|member]]
  
=== Becoming a Member of Noisebridge ===
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There are two categories of membership at Noisebridge.
  
* Fill out top third of the application form that can be downloaded [https://www.noisebridge.net/images/7/75/Noisebridgemembership.pdf here] and can be found in the [[membership binder]] at the space.
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= Associate Members =
* Put your completed application form in the [[membership binder|binder]] at the space.
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* Persuade two current Noisebridge members to sponsor your application by signing your application form.
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* Every meeting, there is a standing agenda item to read all the applications in the binder. You do not have to be present when your application is read.
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* Once your application has been read out at four meetings, and you have obtained two sponsors, you are up for approval.
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* During that meeting you may request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, but you may put this off until the next meeting (or the next &c.). If you are unable to attend meetings, another member may proxy your request.
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* During the meeting at which you request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, those present may ask you (or your proxy) questions.
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* After those present are finished asking questions, you are asked to leave the room, and your application is discussed without you present. The meeting may then choose to agree to have you become a member of Noisebridge.
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* Once Noisebridge has agreed to have you become a member, you pay the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]] your dues, and give the [[ Board and Officers | secretary ]] your application form.
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* Until you pay the treasurer your dues, you are not a member of Noisebridge. If you have not arranged to pay your dues within thirty days of Noisebridge agreeing to have you as a member, you do not become a member, and must go through the joining process again.
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At any time, anyone can look in the binder at the names. If an existing member has any concerns with any of the applicants, they should take time during that month to try and resolve the problem. They may ask another member to be a proxy for them to either help resolve the problem (preferred) or to voice their objection at the approval meeting.
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Being an associate member of Noisebridge is a lot like being a member of a gym or a chess club. Associate members can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn whenever they want. Associate members can bring their friends, colleagues, and collaborators to Noisebridge to work on projects with them.
  
The membership form may be downloaded [https://www.noisebridge.net/images/7/75/Noisebridgemembership.pdf here]. There are also copies at the space. The binder is located on the desk at the entrance, next to the donation bin. Note that these items might be relocated through the space over time.
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Becoming an associate member is relatively straightforward, and can be done entirely online.
  
=== Being a Member of Noisebridge ===
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First, you should [https://www.noisebridge.net/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&type=signup create an account on this wiki], edit your user page to introduce yourself and add a <nowiki>[[Category:Applicant]]</nowiki> tag to it. You can use whatever name you like, and tell us as much or as little about you as you'd like. Folks still need to know you when they meet you at Noisebridge though, so if you use an opaque pseudonym, you might have to introduce yourself a lot in person. For examples of how folks like to introduce themselves, you could check out the wiki pages of some existing [[:Category:Associate_Members|associates]].
  
* Make sure that you keep the [[ Board and Officers | secretary and treasurer ]] up to date with your current contact information. It's your responsibility to make sure that the [[ Board and Officers | secretary and treasurer ]] have up-to date contact info. If you have exotic contact needs (require GPG-encrypted mail, need messages by carrier pigeon &c) you should make sure to arrange this with the [[ Board and Officers | secretary and treasurer ]].
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Once you have your wiki page, you need to get four people to sponsor you. They do this by logging in, editing your wiki user page and adding a little note that they're vouching for you. The people who can sponsor you are:
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# any [[:Category:Members|full member]], or
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# any [[:Category:Associate Members|associate member]] who didn't become an associate since the last [[Meetings|Tuesday meeting]].
  
* [[ Donate or Pay Dues | Pay your dues ]] to the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]] at or before the first of the month, every month. If you are unable to pay your dues, please consider searching for [[Dues Sponsorship | sponsorship]], or asking the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]] about starving hacker rates.
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Once four folks have added a note of support on your wiki user page, you can change your <nowiki>[[Category:Applicant]]</nowiki> tag to a <nowiki>[[Category:Associate Members]]</nowiki> tag and you're done, congrats! You become an associate member as soon as you've added the category, which means that you can come to the space whenever you'd like, and bring folks with you. However, you can't sponsor other folks until a Tuesday meeting has passed since you became an associate.
  
* Be excellent to everyone.
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Now would be a good time to make sure you've introduced yourself on [[IRC]], at a [[Meetings|Tuesday meeting]], and on the [https://www.noisebridge.net/mailman/listinfo/noisebridge-discuss discussion list]; joined other [[mailing lists]] you'd like, ask for an account on some of Noisebridge's [[Pony|shared machines]], [[:category:Keys Available|sign GPG keys]] with folks, or ask someone to set you up with a [[keypad|door code]]. Happy hacking!
  
=== Leaving Noisebridge ===
 
  
* If a member wishes to leave Noisebridge, they must inform the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary]]. If that person wants to rejoin Noisebridge, they must go through the joining process again.
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= Full Members =
  
* Unless a member is on hiatus, after one month of not paying dues, the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]] will attempt to contact the delinquent member to arrange for dues payment. If three months have passed since the not-on-hiatus member last paid their dues, and two months have passed since the treasurer attempted to contact them, and the member has not arranged with the treasurer to pay their dues, their membership shall expire. If that person wants to rejoin Noisebridge, they must go through the joining process again.
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Being a full member of Noisebridge is different. Lots of folks come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a full member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a full member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community better than it is today.  
  
* To go 'on hiatus' you merely have to notify the [[Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary]]. You then don't pay dues, and are not able to block a consensus item.  When you want to come back again (i.e. you got the job or returned to the country) you simply start paying dues again.
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Noisbridge's full members are the only folks in our community who are empowered to fully participate in Noisebridge's [[consensus]] process. This is a heady and awesome responsibility, and it is likewise an involved process to become a full member. Here's how it goes
  
* To stop being a member you notify the [[Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary]]. This is different from going on hiatus in that if you want to come back you have to go through the joining process again.
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# Fill out top part of the [https://www.noisebridge.net/images/7/75/Noisebridgemembership.pdf|membership application form]. There should be blank forms in the [[membership binder]], or you can print your own.
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# Put your completed application form in the [[membership binder|binder]] at the space.
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# Persuade two current full Noisebridge members to sponsor your application by signing your application form.
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# Every meeting, there is a standing agenda item to read all the applications in the binder. You do not have to be present when your application is read.
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# Once your application has been read out at four meetings, and you have obtained two sponsors, you are up for approval.
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# During that meeting you may request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, but you may put this off until the next meeting (or the next &c.). If you are unable to attend meetings, another member may proxy your request.
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# During the meeting at which you request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, those present may ask you (or your proxy) questions.
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# After those present are finished asking questions, you are asked to leave the room, and your application is discussed without you present. The meeting may then choose to agree to have you become a member of Noisebridge.
  
===Hiatus===
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Once Noisebridge has agreed to have you as a member you have two things to do:
  
Noisebridge allows members to go on 'hiatus' if they wish to temporarily suspend their membership. Hiatus may be used when a member will not be involved in Noisebridge for an extended period, such as if they are travelling; or when a member is temporarily unable to pay their dues. If you are unable to pay your dues, please consider searching for [[Dues Sponsorship | sponsorship]], or asking the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer ]] about starving hacker rates.
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# Fill out your contact information and give the [[ Board and Officers | secretary ]] your application form.
* Members on hiatus are not obliged to pay dues and they are not able to block consensus items.  
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# Make sure that your wiki user page is updated with the [[:Category:Members]].
  
====Going on Hiatus====
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Once you have done both these things, you are entitled to full participation in Noisebridge's consensus process.
* If a member wishes to go on hiatus they must notify the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary ]],
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** stating that they wish to go on hiatus,
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**informing them of the time at which they intend to return.
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* If a member going on hiatus will not have regular internet acces or has specific communication needs during their hiatus period, it is their responsibility to arrange this with the [[Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary ]] before they go on hiatus.
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====While on Hiatus (Termination)====
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At any time, anyone can look in the binder and peruse the applications. If an existing member has any concerns with any of the applicants, they should take time during that month to try and resolve the problem. They may ask another member to be a proxy for them to either help resolve the problem (preferred) or to voice their objection at the approval meeting.
* A member may extend their term of hiatus at any time by contacting the [[Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary ]].
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* If a member on hiatus does not contact the [[Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary ]] within three months from the date on which they intended to return, their membership shall expire. If that person wants to rejoin Noisebridge, they must go through the joining process again.  
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* If a member did not specify an exact time at which they intend to return from hiatus, their membership shall expire four months after they initially went on hiatus. If that person wants to rejoin Noisebridge, they must go through the joining process again.  
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====Returning from Hiatus====
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The membership form may be downloaded [https://www.noisebridge.net/images/7/75/Noisebridgemembership.pdf here]. There are copies at the space (until we run out). If we are out of forms, you should print some more! The binder is located on the desk at the entrance, next to the donation bin. Note that these items might be relocated through the space over time.
* A member must inform the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary ]] that they wish to return from hiatus.
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* That person returns to full membership one month after they have both informed the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary]], and paid the [[Board and Officers | treasurer]].
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= Being a Member of Noisebridge =
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As a member of Noisebridge you are our ambassadors and advocates to the world, maintainers of our physical and digital infrastructure, and probably pretty cool. Here are some things that you should do.
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* '''DO: Contribute to Noisebridge'''. Help us pay rent with a [[donate or pay dues|regular donation]], but help out in other ways too!
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* '''DO: Be excellent to everyone'''. Follow our [[community standards]] and [[anti-harassment policy]], and teach others about them.
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* '''DO: Represent Noisebridge'''. Go out into the world, visit other hackerspaces, make awesome projects, and tell everyone how great Noisebridge is.
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* '''DO: Keep your contact info up to date'''. This also means ensuring that you wiki user page has the right categories.
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= Hiatus, Departure, and Suspension =
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Members can leave Noisebridge. If an associate wants to leave, they just need to delete the attestations and the category from their wiki user page. You can also delete your wiki account, but you don't have to. If a full member wishes to leave, they have to inform the [[ Board and Officers | treasurer and secretary]].
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In either case, once you leave, you need to go through the whole joining process to become a member again. For associate members, your sponsors can be the same, but '''they''' need to add their comments to your user page; you can't just copy and paste their previous attestations.
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Noisebridge also allows members to go on [[Membership/Hiatus|Hiatus]] if they wish to temporarily suspend their membership. Hiatus may be used when a member will not be involved in Noisebridge for an extended period, such as if they are traveling. Being on hiatus is more important for full members, though associates are welcome to go on hiatus too.
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Noisebridge may also suspend someone's membership. A full member is not entitled to full participation in the consensus process around a proposal to suspend that person's membership. If a member has been suspended, they shall no longer be considered a member of Noisebridge for any purpose, including but not limited to, full participation in the consensus process.

Latest revision as of 04:41, 13 January 2014

Do not edit this page. This page is the official process that Noisebridge has agreed by consensus. If you wish to modify it, you should bring up your desired changes at a weekly meeting.

Though there is no fee or membership dues for being a Noisebridge member, we ask that folks contribute according to their ability and how much they use Noisebridge. For a lot of folks, the best way to give back to Noisebridge is to contribute to our operating expenses with a regular monthly donation. Others prefer to contribute by helping out as a docent, teaching lots of useful classes, or repairing the space. If you're not sure how best to give back to Noisebridge, you should get in touch with a member

There are two categories of membership at Noisebridge.

Contents

[edit] Associate Members

Being an associate member of Noisebridge is a lot like being a member of a gym or a chess club. Associate members can come to Noisebridge to hack and learn whenever they want. Associate members can bring their friends, colleagues, and collaborators to Noisebridge to work on projects with them.

Becoming an associate member is relatively straightforward, and can be done entirely online.

First, you should create an account on this wiki, edit your user page to introduce yourself and add a [[Category:Applicant]] tag to it. You can use whatever name you like, and tell us as much or as little about you as you'd like. Folks still need to know you when they meet you at Noisebridge though, so if you use an opaque pseudonym, you might have to introduce yourself a lot in person. For examples of how folks like to introduce themselves, you could check out the wiki pages of some existing associates.

Once you have your wiki page, you need to get four people to sponsor you. They do this by logging in, editing your wiki user page and adding a little note that they're vouching for you. The people who can sponsor you are:

  1. any full member, or
  2. any associate member who didn't become an associate since the last Tuesday meeting.

Once four folks have added a note of support on your wiki user page, you can change your [[Category:Applicant]] tag to a [[Category:Associate Members]] tag and you're done, congrats! You become an associate member as soon as you've added the category, which means that you can come to the space whenever you'd like, and bring folks with you. However, you can't sponsor other folks until a Tuesday meeting has passed since you became an associate.

Now would be a good time to make sure you've introduced yourself on IRC, at a Tuesday meeting, and on the discussion list; joined other mailing lists you'd like, ask for an account on some of Noisebridge's shared machines, sign GPG keys with folks, or ask someone to set you up with a door code. Happy hacking!


[edit] Full Members

Being a full member of Noisebridge is different. Lots of folks come to Noisebridge to hack and learn: you don't need to be a full member for that. At Noisebridge, membership is something different: it means taking responsibility and committing to help to maintain, improve, and govern Noisebridge. As a full member of Noisebridge, you don't just come here to hack and learn, you actively work to improve what you see around you, help to deal with problems, and make this community better than it is today.

Noisbridge's full members are the only folks in our community who are empowered to fully participate in Noisebridge's consensus process. This is a heady and awesome responsibility, and it is likewise an involved process to become a full member. Here's how it goes

  1. Fill out top part of the application form. There should be blank forms in the membership binder, or you can print your own.
  2. Put your completed application form in the binder at the space.
  3. Persuade two current full Noisebridge members to sponsor your application by signing your application form.
  4. Every meeting, there is a standing agenda item to read all the applications in the binder. You do not have to be present when your application is read.
  5. Once your application has been read out at four meetings, and you have obtained two sponsors, you are up for approval.
  6. During that meeting you may request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, but you may put this off until the next meeting (or the next &c.). If you are unable to attend meetings, another member may proxy your request.
  7. During the meeting at which you request that Noisebridge consents to have you become a member, those present may ask you (or your proxy) questions.
  8. After those present are finished asking questions, you are asked to leave the room, and your application is discussed without you present. The meeting may then choose to agree to have you become a member of Noisebridge.

Once Noisebridge has agreed to have you as a member you have two things to do:

  1. Fill out your contact information and give the secretary your application form.
  2. Make sure that your wiki user page is updated with the Category:Members.

Once you have done both these things, you are entitled to full participation in Noisebridge's consensus process.

At any time, anyone can look in the binder and peruse the applications. If an existing member has any concerns with any of the applicants, they should take time during that month to try and resolve the problem. They may ask another member to be a proxy for them to either help resolve the problem (preferred) or to voice their objection at the approval meeting.

The membership form may be downloaded here. There are copies at the space (until we run out). If we are out of forms, you should print some more! The binder is located on the desk at the entrance, next to the donation bin. Note that these items might be relocated through the space over time.


[edit] Being a Member of Noisebridge

As a member of Noisebridge you are our ambassadors and advocates to the world, maintainers of our physical and digital infrastructure, and probably pretty cool. Here are some things that you should do.

  • DO: Contribute to Noisebridge. Help us pay rent with a regular donation, but help out in other ways too!
  • DO: Be excellent to everyone. Follow our community standards and anti-harassment policy, and teach others about them.
  • DO: Represent Noisebridge. Go out into the world, visit other hackerspaces, make awesome projects, and tell everyone how great Noisebridge is.
  • DO: Keep your contact info up to date. This also means ensuring that you wiki user page has the right categories.


[edit] Hiatus, Departure, and Suspension

Members can leave Noisebridge. If an associate wants to leave, they just need to delete the attestations and the category from their wiki user page. You can also delete your wiki account, but you don't have to. If a full member wishes to leave, they have to inform the treasurer and secretary.

In either case, once you leave, you need to go through the whole joining process to become a member again. For associate members, your sponsors can be the same, but they need to add their comments to your user page; you can't just copy and paste their previous attestations.

Noisebridge also allows members to go on Hiatus if they wish to temporarily suspend their membership. Hiatus may be used when a member will not be involved in Noisebridge for an extended period, such as if they are traveling. Being on hiatus is more important for full members, though associates are welcome to go on hiatus too.

Noisebridge may also suspend someone's membership. A full member is not entitled to full participation in the consensus process around a proposal to suspend that person's membership. If a member has been suspended, they shall no longer be considered a member of Noisebridge for any purpose, including but not limited to, full participation in the consensus process.

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