Talk:Makerspace Rules

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I think the rules are a giant wall of over verbose text. Even rule 1, which is missing one of our most represented varieties of person, in that case I think that "abusive" or some such term is all that is required. Rules are important to the continued success of our space, Noisebridge have proven this by having none, Noisebridge is now a squatters den. I think the rules can be done in a more relaxed way that has a less condescending opinion of our members and without loosing any meaning. I propose the below as a more welcoming, more readable, 1:1 replacement for the current rules. I am aware that this is going to be a long drawn out thread and am still willing to do what it takes to make them into something people might actually read, maybe even quote. Bracken (talk) 21:18, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

re: rule 11, just FYI the local point of contact for emergency accommodation / housing / homelessness issues are the SCC run Street Homeless Prevention Team. Xanadu (talk) 00:21, 2 November 2013 (UTC)
I originally wrote these rules in January with consultation from our members on Google groups and they've served us well. Some of the rules can come across as patronizing and condescending but this is often the case with rules that are designed to cover us rather than to limit anything. I look upon them in the same way I look at a gun, “it’s better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it”. It is however true that some of our rules are duplicated, need rewriting or are indeed not rules but are general ethos and I welcome most of the proposed changes. Those rules that are not rules but general policy should not be so swiftly removed from our rules without making sure they are mentioned elsewhere somehow. -- Chris3DSmith (talk) 12:17, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
I also propose any rule changes be discussed and voted upon in our next general meeting. --Chris3DSmith (talk) 12:18, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
I agree that we should not remove anything that members should adhere to when removing duplicated rules, and ask that anyone feels free to edit my proposal below to include these in the remaining points. But I do not think that any "general ethos" should be included if it is not a rule. I do not see the rules as a gun that we should forget about until they are needed. I think they should be a concise document that people are actually willing to read, right now our members mostly do not, which I think is because they are too long and waffle about things that aren't rules. Bracken (talk) 14:07, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Maybe replacement

Rule Zero

  1. Do not be on fire.

Rules for all members

For all the rules below, the motto "if in doubt, ask" applies.

  1. Don't be abusive to any person.
    You may be asked to leave or may even be banned from the space.
  2. Don't use hazardous equipment alone.
    Nobody shall use hazardous equipment while alone in the space or without sufficient training. If you do not know how to use a tool you must ask for the assistance of someone who does. If you do not know if something is hazardous you must ask someone who does.
  3. Respect people's property.
    Ask before borrowing other peoples stuff, communal tools and equipment are listed on our wiki.
  4. Leave the space at least as well as you found it.
    Please keep the space in a pleasant, clean and tidy state. Wash up any kitchenware and sweep up any sawdust etc. Pack away your projects when you're working on them and put tools back where they belong, Items left on desk surfaces may be moved or disposed. Hot food/drink etc is allowed however please be considerate of others with strong smelling foods.
  5. Don't use the space for illegal or immoral purposes.
    Avoid doing harm the space's reputation, if you want to print firearms you can do so at home rather than under the name of So Make It.
  6. Be a good neighbour.
    Try not to make a noise problem and look after shared facilities, currently this is the outdoor areas at the space.
  7. No industrial activity between 11pm and 7am.
    This is a restriction imposed by Southampton City Council.
  8. Keep your subscription up to date.
  9. Minors (under 18) may not enter the space without a responsible adult.
    The responsible adult can be a parent/guirdian or any adult member, said responsible adult assumes all responsibility for the actions and safety of said minor.
  10. Nobody may use the makerspace as accommodation.
  11. Members must not operate hazardous equipment while their judgement or reaction times are impaired.
    Whether due to alcohol, drugs, or any other condition.
  12. Stop and report any dangerous activity or accident within the space.
    Accidents, near misses and possible health and safety issues no matter how small must be reported in the Accident Page and a trustee informed ASAP.
  13. Emergency equipment (fire alarms, extinguishers, first aid boxes, etc) must not be hacked or tampered with in any way and are only for use in emergencies.
  14. Personal protective equipment (safety goggles, dust masks, etc) must be used as appropriate
    Report any issues with health and safety or emergency equipment on the Accident Page and inform a trustee ASAP.
  15. All waste must be disposed of correctly. Check material safety datasheets if you are unsure (eg. do not just pour acetone down the drain), please recycle.
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