The Roommate Anti-Pattern

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This page is a part of Design Patterns.

Its content is derived from the presentation "Building a Hacker Space" by Jens Ohlig and Lars Weiler.

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You need a space for meetings and as a lab, to store and work on materials for projects. In order to minimize rent or out of sympathy, you think it’s great when someone lives in your space. But somehow it doesn’t work, as you cannot use the lab anymore.


Guest are fine, but don’t let anyone live there. Kick them out if necessary.

But ... Hackbases![edit]

[update November 2013]

Some people have been building Hackbases, live-in hackerspaces. They think you can easily (and should) live inside a hackerspace, if everything is properly set up for that.