Project Parking

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Project Parking is part of the TidySpace initiative. While some projects are too large or unwieldy to be kept in personal storage, the space consumed by such projects must be carefully regulated to ensure optimal hacking efficiency.

Parking Permit

What it is

This green tag should be placed on any item, project or materials used for personal or group projects, which are too large to store in personal locker or shelf space. Items with a properly issued parking permit must be kept in a container or on a shelf and must not obstruct pathways or workspace. Permits expire after 30 days, or on the date selected by the issuer, whichever comes first. Items with a properly issued parking permit must not be left on a Worktable or in a Walkway.

Who can issue

Parking permits may be issued or renewed by any officer, director, or area host, but renewals can be overruled by a majority vote of the same. Permit renewals follow the same process as new permits. The individual responsible for the material should be notified immediately of the date of issue so they can honor the term of the permit.

What’s on the form

The tag includes a brief description of the material covered, the maximum square footage taken up by the material, the name and contact information of the individual responsible for the material, the date the permit expires and the name and signature of the issuer.

Parking Ticket

What it is

This red tag should be placed on any item, project or materials found in the space without an owner or any indication how long it will be there or who owns it, or if the material is obstructing a walkway, common work areas or work surfaces, or is otherwise stored in a manner that is dangerous to the material or individuals passing by.

Who can issue

Parking tickets may be issued by any officer, director, or area host.

What’s on the form

The tag includes space for a brief description of the material in question, instructions for the owner of the item, the name of the individual issuing the ticket, and the date of issue.

What happens to ticketed items

The ticket can be struck by the issue of a valid parking permit, or in the case of space property, proper labeling and storage. Ticketed material may be moved out of the way or placed in a Wut Zone, but must not be moved to Limbo until the 72 hours after the ticket is issued. The issuer, and/or area host, accepts the obligation to make a good-faith effort to contact the person responsible for the material (if known) to let them know their material should be retrieved or marked with a valid parking permit.

If the owner is legitimately unavailable to take care of their materials within the 72 hours, the issuer and/or area host may make arrangements with the owner at their discretion.

Parking Request

What it is

This yellow tag should be placed on any item or group of items that looks like it might be in need of either a parking permit or parking ticket. These exist so that any member can flag items needing permits/tickets and bring them to the attention of area hosts. A web form will be created for notifying area hosts of parking requests. Requests for a parking ticket may be removed by the owner of the items if the items are moved into personal storage or removed from the space.

Who can issue

Requests can be issued by any member.

What’s on the form

The tag includes space for a brief description of the material in question, check boxes to indicate the nature of the request (ticket or permit), the name of the individual issuing the request, and the date of issue.

Standing Projects

If you need to leave a project for a short time (less than 24 hours), you are expected to put a note on your project. If other members encounter your project while you're out, the note will communicate to other members how long the project has been there, how soon they can its owner will be back to take care of it, and how to contact its owner in case it needs to be moved. “Standing Project” forms will be available but other media may be used.

Standing projects should be tagged by their owner with the following

  • name & contact information
  • date & time the items are being left
  • justification (examples: "wet paint", "home depot run", "dinner")
  • when you intend to retrieve the items

Make sure your tag is visible, legible, and securely attached to your items. As a courtesy to others, and for the protection of your project, do not leave projects on a Worktable, in a Walkway, or anywhere it will be in other people's way. Projects left in people's way may be respectfully moved.

Standing projects with notes over 24 hours old are automatically subject to ticketing. Projects with notes past their stated time of retrieval are also subject to ticketing.

Moving Other People’s Projects

If you encounter what appears to be an abandoned project in a Walkway, Worktable or any place where it obstructs your activities, take a moment to assess the situation. The project’s owner might be somewhere in the building or outside. Try to find them. If they’ve left the building there should be a note nearby. After looking for a note and verifying that the person is not at the space, proceed while keeping the following in mind:

  • Respecting other people's property is, of course, part of Being Excellent.
  • If possible, carefully place the items in a container so that they don’t get scattered.
  • Put the project somewhere nearby, such as the nearest Wut Zone.
  • If items are drying, painstakingly arranged, or susceptible to damage from gentle touching, avoid moving them. If the owner is known, communicate with them.

You might feel frustrated when other people's projects are left in your way. That's understandable. But remember the rules. Be respectful and non-confrontational. Keep in mind that nobody's perfect, and that lapses in policy cannot be blamed solely on one individual. Use the opportunity to improve the space’s operation through communication.