@MacieS ieS, Thank you for at least replying, nobody else has yet and that’s kinda frustrating as I’d expect this topic to at least spark more interest than it’s gotten. My primary purpose behind my post was to get some discussion happening that could lead to the formation of an actual policy because I’m not sure there IS one. And NOT having a policy on this is worse than having an unclear policy.
For the most part, I agree with your thoughts on my question but there is a point where it gets really muddy. We’re not suppose to be storing supplies here, that was told to me during new member orientation, but we also have a space to store our stuff that we do need. Our tags have expiration dates on them, which means they are not intended to last indefinitely. At the same time, basic respect for our fellow crafters pretty much dictates that we honor those tags for at least some amount of time after they expire. We have items though that are way outside those bounds. For example, we have pieces of wood that are not in or near enough to the member’s storage area to be considered “grouped” and have tags that expired over a year ago. Should those tags still be respected even though they are clearly in violation of the “do not store supplies” policy? Should they be thrown out and not allowed to be used? Should they be considered fair game? If we do not indefinitely respect those tags, what point is it “too far” past expiration?
These questions don’t have answers and I think they need them BEFORE someone crosses a line because of differing opinions of what’s proper. Very soon, the member storage area is going to be moved and the area is a mess because too much stuff has been left behind. We’ve got a member who’s missing some supplies who might not be missing them if there was a clear policy and the policy was being enforced. (A lot less room for misunderstanding.) We can’t organize the wood area because over half the wood is tagged but about half of what IS tagged is expired so we don’t know what to do with it. We’ve also got a policy that if we use up a communal supply, we’re suppose to replace it, but what ARE the communal supplies we want to regularly stock and what are the supplies that we just happen to have and don’t mind if they are not replaced? (I’m guessing the Area Manager should be involved in the question about stock.) These things make having a policy pertinent and something that probably should be addressed sooner rather than latter.
I don’t know who should be the people making this policy and I don’t know who should be pushed to getting it going but, if members are supposed to be “owning” the space, I’m pretty sure us members should be doing SOMETHING to fix this. Lacking any other path, all I can do at the moment is to push some towards an improvement.