Makespace member guidelines

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As part of the terms of use all members will need to sign up to, we'll have a code of conduct, or list of Rules, or something (what shall we call it?). This wiki page is your chance to help draft them (and name the document!).

We want to make sure that equipment is fairly shared; that people pay for consumables that need payment; that everyone behaves nicely to each other; and so on. We want to capture what the rules/guidelines might be, and the areas they might apply to. We will have two main classes of member: Access Member, who get to use the space, and Workshop Member, who also get access to the workshop which contains the bulk of the workshop kit. (We may also have other arrangements for business users but we're not working on their agreements yet)

Add your thoughts below... this will be used to help draft the final rules in conjunction with our solicitors.


London Hackspace rules Tog FAQ

The Rules

Playing music that you didn't create, including playing radio or TV, is not permitted (but if you'd like to do this, get in touch so we can raise funds for a licence) Ask the other users of the space for permission before playing loud music (ie, without headphones).

When you aren't using a desk or workbench, please clear away your things so that others can use it when you aren't there. Don't try to "bag" space by occupying it with equipment if you aren't using it.

If you consume tea/coffee/other food and drink, please contribute the required cash into the kitty OR use some micropayments system we have set up.

How about a similar arrangement for nuts, bolts, wire, small electrical things e.g. diodes --- should we get a shared supply of these, which can make them very cheap? JCGS 16:46, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

If a certain piece of equipment is really in demand, can there be some kind of booking system that people honour, so its use is distributed fairly?

1) Waste Materials Removal (Working area and food waste) Please bag and remove your waste materials from the work area / eating area at the end of the day. Ensure that work surfaces / food preparation surfaces are free of debris and waste.

2) Bathrooms

Please leave the washbasins and lavatories clean and presentable after use.

3) Safety Do check and think about the area in which you are working that it is safe and couldn't harm you or others who may happen to enter the space you are working. Think about how you might be exposing others to hazards such as:

(a) Compresses Gases (glass, or pressurized vessels exploding, compressed air lines), (b) chemical leakage (inks or other fluids spraying freely due to a failed coupling or container) (c) Fire - soldering irons, overheated circuits when using power supplies. (d) Burns - Hot Surfaces. (e) Chemical Burns - use of acids, caustics, oxidizer, reducing agents that can harm the skin (f) Respiratory - acrid or strong smelling materials or odours that may cause irritation.


I propose we intially adopt the entirety of the LHS rules unmodified. Until we have actually operated the space we have no real practical basis on which to base rules. If we create rules which turn out to be not practicable or actually unnecessary, does that not devalue our authority to set rules?

Danros 15:23, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Wouldn't that require some plastic boxes and a dishwasher ;) But seriously, I think they're pretty good. --Heng 16:10, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

One more vote for adopting LHS rules with customization. things come to my mind; - not borrowing shared equipment/stuff without notice from the space. - and an etiquette system for the personal items/projects if we do not want them to be taken away. well it is covered in LHS one anyway.Dadabit

IPR rules or guidelines or clarification

We should probably write down what happens about "ownership" of ideas that spin out commercially, e.g. do any rights / revenue go to Makespace, to members you discussed things with, etc. ---JCGS 16:19, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

Interesting point. Certainly Makespace has no desire to claim any IPR or IP-derived revenue at all from users of the space, or to demand licensing of any particular type (this is one of the reasons we're not a Fablab). I suspect the right line around collaborations is that if you share ideas with other users, you should do so with the same provisos you would do when talking to anyone else about your idea (whether that's to ask for an NDA if you are protecting your IP, or making it clear that you are sharing the concepts under an open licence, or whatever). Worth noting down something as you say. Thanks! ---Laura 17:15, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

My personal view is that this should be a very soft statement about a desired culture (?) of trust. It would be great if we could just chat about things without thinking we might be screwed over. Having everyone sign NDAs etc all the time could really bugger up a community! --Heng 07:57, 16 March 2012 (UTC)