As mentioned in the Agenda discussion for the members meeting on 18th April 2023, I would like to propose a new set of rules for the space. I have now finished the draft of them that are open for comment via google docs. The actual rules for voting on are the Rules 1-10, the rest forms an appendix and/or update/rewrite of the members handbook that i’m working on.
Hackspace Rules Page Re-write - Google Docs
There are currently several sets of rules i’ve found at Hackspace, each subtly or completely different. I thought i’d solve this problem by writing another set!
Below are the existing sets of rules we have, as well as the citizen commitment.
Rules — Hackspace Manchester
Health & Safety Policy - Hackspace Manchester Documentation
Citizen Hacman Commitment - Hackspace Manchester Documentation
I would be proposing to scrap all of these and replace them with our new set. The old ones would be stripped from where they live so there is no confusion as to which the current and only set are. These would live in one location only, so there would be no duplicates.
My current issue with the existing rules is that they aren’t written very clearly nor concisely. We have a super diverse membership, and for many english will not be their first language. For this reason we have to make sure our rules are written in plain and simple english. The existing rules lead to a lot of reading and still leave a lot of grey areas.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time looking through all our own rules as well as London, Bristol and Nottingham’s rules and method of delivering them to their members, and from that have produced the new proposed rules.
In essence there isn’t any major change to anything happening in the space, it is more how the rules are listed. It also makes crystal clear some areas that everyone in the space knows is against the rules, but is hard to find it clear cut anywhere, e.g. borrowing equipment from the space being not ok.
Sorry i couldn’t get these out earlier, but let’s say it’s open for comment until the end of the weekend, at which point they will become the final set we are voting to adopt or not at the members meeting. We can always vote to change them in future, nothing is set in stone, but I believe even in their current state, these are a big step forward.
If you’d like to vote at the members meeting but cannot attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating who your proxy will be. I’m happy to be a proxy for anyone who needs it, please let me know how you’d like to vote. We need 10% of members to vote for this vote to be quorate, so that’s 24 members.