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=FAQ=
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= Who should join =
  
Q: Will you build this gizmo for me?
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Are we the right place for you? There are several other hackerspaces/makerspaces in the area, and it's important to find the right fit! i3Detroit has a lot of capabilities but also expects a strong commitment in return. Our dues are kept low because members share the work of upkeep -- if you're proud to help, please keep reading!
A: No. We'll help you build it, but we're not a job shop. We're not an engineering firm. We're not a contract house. We're a club. You can be part of the club! You can use the group's tools, and toss ideas around with anyone who'll listen. (And maybe you could strike a side deal with an individual member, but that's beyond the scope of this document.)
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Q: What are your hours? I stopped in the other day and nobody answered the door.
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Are you the right person for us? Take a look at i3Detroit's [[Vision]] and make sure you understand why each of those things is important. If you're not sure yet, come as a guest a few more times, talk to more members, and get a sense of how the community operates.  
A: We have no paid staff, and thus no regular business hours. Someday that may change, but for now, swing by when the [[welcome switch|Twitterbot]] says we're open, or during a scheduled event. Members have 24/7 card access.
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Q: So I need to be a member to come in?
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= How to join =
A: Guests are welcome any time the twitterbot says so. Stop in, flag down a member, sign a waiver, and take a tour. Then get to work on your project!
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Q: Can I give you a pile of computer junk?
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So, you've visited the space a few times and you can't wait to take the plunge? Sweet!
A: Yeah, if it's not hazmat-nasty. Really, we've got all the computer junk we know what to do with, but we can schlep it to a recycler just as easily as you can. Optics junk, laser junk, and lab equipment junk, on the other hand! Now that might be interesting.
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Q: Can you bring your [[Twinkie Car]] to an event?
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First, teach yourself what you need to know to be a member! Yes, teach yourself – it’s a DIY group, after all.  
A: Perhaps. As with everything in the space, it's owned by an individual, specifically [[User:Nbritsky | Nick Britsky]], and you should talk directly to him about it.
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Q: What about the Cupcake Car?
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We’ve set up a sort of “scavenger hunt” or “experience quest” to guide you on this process. By finding the answers to these questions, you'll familiarize yourself with the space, the organization, the people, and the internal systems that tie it all together.
A: It's gone, man. Just let it go.
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'''Expect to spend 5-6 hours and visit the space 2-3 times''' in order to complete the quest. Take your time and read carefully! Skim both of the following forms, then begin working on phase 1:
  
=New Member Orientation=
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Phase 1: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uaO5qh7NpbrLsYVSyRVWttJEcAuT-6syEMJOB7a67Pg/viewform
  
As part of the new member process, newbies should review this checklist with a current member or two. This is the opportunity for new members to learn the basics of how things operate around the space.
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Once you’ve submitted that, if your responses look sensible, we’ll create some accounts for you, which will enable you to perform the tasks in phase 2:
  
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Phase 2: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14ocPkCQdEsFscgU-SVBHW1ibhAkdpd_RfMMUWRA1A8k/viewform
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! New Member
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Initials
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! Old Member
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Initials
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|Discuss guest policy, sign-in sheet, where to file completed waivers. || ||
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|Soda fund, replenishing, returnables. Electronic components store. || ||
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|Personal ownership of tools, breakage and wear. Post to the list! || ||
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|Where to find the [[Bylaws]]. Review them? || ||
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|Where to find the [[Standing Rules]]. Review them? || ||
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|Sweeping and mopping, care of mop and bucket, where to dump. || ||
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|Recycling (guide on wall), trash cans and bag locations. || ||
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|Last-one-out checklist ([[HOWTO Close up the space]]) || ||
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|Storage and organization, personal storage, label everything. || ||
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New orientation fill-in-the-blank style...
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If your phase-2 responses look good, we’ll make an appointment to do the last steps, set up your dues payments, and make you a key. After that, you’ll be a member!
  
Guests must fill in a _________ their first visit, and sign the ________ every time thereafter.
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= How to pay dues =
  
Tools are owned by ____________. For breakage, etc, write to _________________________.
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There's a page for that: [[HOWTO Pay Dues]]
  
Bylaws are on the _________. Standing rules are on the _________.
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FIXME: Explanation of how to apply for scholarship...
  
Mop should be _________________ when finished.
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= How to leave =
  
Recycling goes out ____________ night.
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There's a page for that too!: [[HOWTO Leave]]
  
Trash bags are located in _____________.
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= How to get kicked out =
  
[[Category:Organization Information]]
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* Damage something and then try to hide it, instead of fessing up and helping with repairs.
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* Violating the [[Harassment Policy]] is a pretty good way.
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* For the overachiever, it's possible to do both at once...

Latest revision as of 23:06, 24 April 2016

Who should join

Are we the right place for you? There are several other hackerspaces/makerspaces in the area, and it's important to find the right fit! i3Detroit has a lot of capabilities but also expects a strong commitment in return. Our dues are kept low because members share the work of upkeep -- if you're proud to help, please keep reading!

Are you the right person for us? Take a look at i3Detroit's Vision and make sure you understand why each of those things is important. If you're not sure yet, come as a guest a few more times, talk to more members, and get a sense of how the community operates.

How to join

So, you've visited the space a few times and you can't wait to take the plunge? Sweet!

First, teach yourself what you need to know to be a member! Yes, teach yourself – it’s a DIY group, after all.

We’ve set up a sort of “scavenger hunt” or “experience quest” to guide you on this process. By finding the answers to these questions, you'll familiarize yourself with the space, the organization, the people, and the internal systems that tie it all together.

Expect to spend 5-6 hours and visit the space 2-3 times in order to complete the quest. Take your time and read carefully! Skim both of the following forms, then begin working on phase 1:

Phase 1: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uaO5qh7NpbrLsYVSyRVWttJEcAuT-6syEMJOB7a67Pg/viewform

Once you’ve submitted that, if your responses look sensible, we’ll create some accounts for you, which will enable you to perform the tasks in phase 2:

Phase 2: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/14ocPkCQdEsFscgU-SVBHW1ibhAkdpd_RfMMUWRA1A8k/viewform

If your phase-2 responses look good, we’ll make an appointment to do the last steps, set up your dues payments, and make you a key. After that, you’ll be a member!

How to pay dues

There's a page for that: HOWTO Pay Dues

FIXME: Explanation of how to apply for scholarship...

How to leave

There's a page for that too!: HOWTO Leave

How to get kicked out

  • Damage something and then try to hide it, instead of fessing up and helping with repairs.
  • Violating the Harassment Policy is a pretty good way.
  • For the overachiever, it's possible to do both at once...