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These are the few rules and procedures we have agreed on adhering to, as well as decisions taken previously.
Should you not like any of these rules, use the discussion tab to initiate a debate.


Internal regulations

Anarchy is rules without rulers

Guiding principles


Be excellent to each other is the guiding principle of Syn2cat. Wikipedia uses a somewhat similar rule, which they call "the fundamental rule of all social spaces. Every other policy for getting along is a special case of it." Unlike Wikipedia, Syn2cat takes a positive approach, and tries to avoid the practice of officially enumerating the myriad potential special cases; "be excellent" is enough.


We make official Syn2cat decisions by consensus, which means the willing consent of all of our members. Decisions are made at our monthly Bootstrap Meeting, and items proposed for consensus are announced in advance to give everyone time to hear about them.


Doing excellent stuff at Syn2cat does not require permission or an official consensus decision. Decisions are taken by those who do things, and if you want something to get done, you just do it. If you're uncertain about the excellence of something you want to do, you should ask someone else what they think, or discuss the topic at our monthly Bootstrap Meeting

People often make suggestions like "We should do this and that." If you're suggesting an idea, you're automatically volunteering to do it.

See: Community Wiki and Noisebridge


Include points from Media:ApplicationForm.pdf.

Example policy applications of our guiding principles

General order (noise, general use, keys)

  1. Law in state counts. Normally, no noise is allowed between 22h00 and 07h00 In between these hours, please respect your neighbors, you might need them sometime! ;-)
  2. Every full member has a right to get a Key to the rooms. The key can be obtained from the Office group via a deposit of 10€. An additional deposit of 5€ is due for the optional iButton (4€ button, 1€ holder). For the procedure how to open and close the hackerspace, please see OpenDuino#Usage
  3. Nobody below the age of 18 is allowed unattended access without the written consent of a tutor or parent.


  1. hackerspace is a non-smoking area. However, you can smoke outside. Please try to avoid the wind blowing the smoke to the entrance door or open windows.


  1. everybody using the hackerspace is responsible for the equipment to stay in good shape. Using the restrooms or any other facilities entails cleaning after use.
  2. all material must be returned to its proper location after use.
  3. projects should be stored in their proper location in between working sessions. (Exceptions can be granted on a case by case basis depending on the type of project)
  4. every member must participate at least in 4 of the monthly cleaning days.

Food and disposal of old food

  1. Everybody taking food and/or drinks to hackerspace is supposed to check regularly for their expiry dates and dispose of them, in case they're no longer consumable. You should check to dispose waste in an appropriate waste-bin and separate trash if possible! Adequate labels are available.

Consequences for not respecting the space or its members

In both cases, it was convened on a case-by-case trial. The person concerned should be invited in front of the administrative council, accompanied by the person who vouched for him/her on the membership application form. Matters should be discussed face-to-face and solutions primarily be proposed by the person standing "trial".
(Decided on Bootstrap Meeting of 04.12.10)

More rules

  1. There is only one more rule: Don't make any more rules necessary!


Procedures help fulfill important tasks using the same standards/methods every time for all users. It is important to have some for our not-so-regular members.

  • Startup
    • Entering the syn2cat locations implies opening the blinds and switching on the lights. This is to show that there is life at the space.
    • Most kitchen appliances are on a remote operated switch controlled by the group or by the big switch on the mini wine cellar.
  • Shutdown
    • The last person leaving the hackerspace, is also responsible for its proper shutdown. Before leaving syn2cat, please make sure that the following was checked :
      • Dishes have to be washed, dried and put away. You may want to start this task a bit ahead of the planned leaving time!
      • Everyone belonging to your group (including invitees) must leave the house
      • Power needs to be cut. Especially check any soldering irons and other devices in the lab. Also switch off power to some kitchen appliances via the switch on the extension cord.
      • Check that all computers are down, except those which are supposed to be running.
      • Control the fridge and other food/drink reserves you/your group used. Do not leave anything opened or unconsumed lying/standing around!
      • Are all the lights turned off? The blinking gimmicks at the windows should stay on.
      • Make sure you lock tightly both rooms by turning the lock twice.
      • Check if the trash bins have to be put to the street (normal trash on monday evening). Put it at the football field side, not in front of the fire brigade.
      • Follow OpenDuino#Usage for the final closing of the front door and alarm activation
      • Check that the door is well locked and the alarm is on.

See also


Buying Club-Mate crates

You may buy entire crates of Club-Mate or Club-Mate Cola from the space for a fee of 30 EUR41.808 $
26.157 £
36.596 CHF
(5€ deposit included) as long as a specified minimum of crates is still available. If there are less than 10 crates of either flavor remaining, you may not buy a crate and take it home.

Council spending limit

The Administrative Council is by our internal rules not allowed to spend more than 500 EUR on any object or any collection of objects, without a majority vote on a Bootstrap Meeting. See Funding.

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