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
- Fill out top part of the membership application form. There should be blank forms in the membership binder, or you can print your own.
- Put your completed application form in the binder at the space.
- Persuade two current full Noisebridge members to sponsor your application by signing your application form.
- 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.
- Once your application has been read out at four meetings, and you have obtained two sponsors, you are up for approval.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 become a member, you pay the treasurer your dues, and give the secretary your application form.
- 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.
Once Noisebridge has agreed to have you as a member you have two things to do:
- Fill out your contact information and give the secretary your application form.
- 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.
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. Pay your dues to the treasurer at or before the first of the month, every month. If you are unable to pay your dues, please consider searching for sponsorship, or asking the treasurer about starving hacker rates. In addition to dues, help out in other ways!
- 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.
Hiatus, Departure, and Suspension
Members can leave Noisebridge. If a full member wishes to leave, they have to inform the treasurer and secretary. You can also delete your wiki account, but you don't have to.
Unless a member is on hiatus, after one month of not paying dues, the 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.
In either case, once you leave, you need to go through the whole joining process to become a member again.
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. To go on hiatus, you merely have to notify the 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.
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.