[vcf-midatlantic] Infoage outside ramp doors

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Sun Jan 17 15:52:54 EST 2016

>> Why not fix the doors, so they can be opened from
>> the outside without prop-ing them?

> I assumed the ramp doors are being propped due to laziness,
>, not because they can't be opened from outside.
> I'll  have to check that....Either way we can't change InfoAge
> things without permission.  We don't even know if they are broken.

 > There is nothing wrong with propping open a door while actually
 > moving stuff through it. What prompted my message is we often
 > see doors LEFT propped open when people are taking their
 > leisurely time moving stuff or just forgotten about.

OK, this conversation is taking a sour turn. I don't like descriptions 
like "lazy" or "leisurely" about the difficult efforts to move stuff in, 
out and around InfoAge. I've moved stuff there myself, it's not easy - 
others have moved much MUCH harder stuff.

I think there's a confusion, between two sorts of access.

One is, moving stuff in and out, and propping doors wide open to do so. 
Certainly, for fire-code and energy reasons, they should not be left 
that way. This seems to be what Evan has in mind.

But the other, is propping doors open for (re)entrance, enough to keep 
them from jamming closed, or from locking from outside.

For example - during the Festivus, I recall the outside doors to the 
grill, HAD to be kept from closing with a "prop". Otherwise, I could not 
get back in! Did they lock, jam or both? Sorry, I wasn't paying close 
attention and don't remember now. And I already mentioned the iMac 
"prop" in common use for years at InfoAge.

So my point was/is - if the doors can't be opened from the outside, that 
might explain why they are left "wide open". It's not merely about 
convenience or interpreted as "laziness". It's about getting back in.

I agree with Evan, this is not only a VCFed issue, InfoAge is 
responsible for maintenance of doors. Maybe VCFed can contribute to the 
InfoAge repair with Evan's attention and funds. Dollars spent on the 
doors, might save InfoAge heating costs which Evan pointed out were "huge".

As for "out of VCF's scope": I dunno, we use the doors, right? VCFed 
properties (and mine as an exhibitor) are under InfoAge locks and keys, 
right? And Evan brought it up, before our next event. And April's 
VCF-East is coming up too, even more movement then.

The problem seems to be, then, some combination of InfoAge door 
maintenance and repair; and some rules-of-access for moving items in and 
out of InfoAge. A block of wood on a chain, as a handy prop, may 
immediately solve the "wide open" problem. It won't fix a broken door, 
but it may help some people change their behavior, while the door is 
under improvement.

I'm sure the VCFed people who have moved items, can describe their 
experiences upon request. And the doors, they either work or they don't, 
and can be examined by Evan and staff.

I think further discussion should be private, as Evan works the issues, 
and as he's has now put the word out about a now-specific behavior. A 
discussion about a specific person's behavior, or their complaints about 
doors, should be private. And it's an InfoAge maintenance issue (which 
impacts VCFed).  I have nothing further to add, in any event.

Herb Johnson

Herbert R. Johnson,  New Jersey USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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