Who is Welcome
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to visit Counterpoint. We ask that visitors follow our guiding rule "to be excellent to each other" in the best spirit they can; please see our access policy. New visitors can drop by anytime unannounced and do not necessarily need an invitation for a tour or for attending a scheduled event/class. It may be wise to follow our suggested advice below on the best times to visit, to ensure there are people there who can let you in.
Counterpoint is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible right now, however, we welcome those with disabilities and will accomodate to the extent that is possible, just contact us in advance so we can try to make necessary arrangements.
Come With an Open Mind
Counterpoint is largely about learning and exploring, and there's lots to see and learn here! Activities at Counterpoint include hanging out, working on personal or group projects, and scheduled or improptu workshops and classes on a range of topics.
Some Times are Better Than Others
We have many scheduled activities in the space, and many of us have day jobs. You can coordinate the time of your visit to ensure that you can find people to talk with (and especially to let you into the building in the first place!).
- If you're interested in particular activities, check out our schedule.
- If you'd like to come during unstructured time and talk with lots of people, after hours are generally best.
- If you'd prefer a quieter environment, come earlier in the day.
- You're unlikely to find many people in the space before noon on most days.
Who's in Charge?
YOU ARE! (with the consent of the folks around you!) Counterpoint attempts to be as leaderless and as non-hierarchical and unruly as we can get. We encourage anyone in the space to be as responsible as anyone else. If you're a new visitor, that means the member or vouchsafed guest who you first meet is as good as anyone else to ask questions of.
Our Code of Conduct
Our chief guiding principle is to "be excellent to one another". Please respect the other people you meet at Counterpoint and the Counterpoint space itself. We welcome visitors because we believe in our community and want to share the things we're working on with everyone. We also have community standards.
Other People's Stuff
Please try to be careful with the things you find at Counterpoint, and recognize that the things on shelves are other people's stuff.
We have not limited what we like to explore or discuss according to anyone's notions of "appropriateness" for children. Thus, anyone entering the space can be exposed to ideas, concepts, language and items which some would consider "adult-themed". We also have some tools and materials that can be hazardous for children or adults if used improperly. Children are as welcome in the space as any other person - just be prepared for what they may encounter.
The network at Counterpoint - like any public network - should be regarded as potentially hostile. This means that you should assume that any unencrypted communications over the network could be (and most likely are) monitored by others. Examples of vulnerable communications include POP3/IMAP email clients, most web browsing, IRC/AIM and similar chat protocols that are often not encrypted. While no issues have come up to date, and our code of conduct opposes malicious monitoring of others, it is wise to be aware of the potential.
Stick to using SSL or secure tunnels or VPNs for anything that uses a password or that you otherwise wouldn't want other people to read. If you don't know how to protect your communications with encryption, many people at Counterpoint would be glad to help you out!