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1) We meet in a public area. Nobody is excluded. There is no admission
charge or dues of any sort. It's preferable to have meetings in as open a
spot as possible rather than behind closed doors. This ensures that new
people who don't know about the meetings will be drawn in. We have
nothing to hide and we don't presume to judge who is worthy of attending
and who is not. If law enforcement harasses us, it will backfire as it did at
the infamous Washington DC meeting in 11/92. (You can find more
information on this event in the Secret Service section of our web site.)
2) We act in a responsible manner. We don't do illegal things
and we don't cause problems for the place we're meeting in. *Most*
2600 meetings are welcomed by the establishments we choose.
3) We meet on the first Friday of the month between 5 pm and 8 pm
local time. While there will always be people who can't make this
particular time, the same will hold true for *any* time or day chosen.
By having all of the meetings on the same day, it makes it very easy to
remember, opens up the possibility for inter-meeting communication,
and really causes hell for the federal agencies who want to monitor
everything we do. (A few meetings have slight variations on the meeting
time - these are noted accordingly.)
4) While meetings are not limited to big cities, most of them take place
in large metropolitan areas that are easily accessible. While it's convenient
to have a meeting in your home town, we encourage people to go to
meetings where they'll meet people from as wide an area as possible. So if
there's a meeting within an hour or two of your town, go to that one rather
than have two smaller meetings fairly close to each other. You always have
the opportunity to get together with "home town hackers" any time you want.
5) All meetings *must* contact us to let us know how things are going
even if nothing unusual is happening. If we don't hear from your city on
a regular basis, we'll have to stop publicizing the site since telling people
to go to where no meeting is really doesn't do anyone a service. You can
email us at or call us at (631) 751-2600. Please be sure
to tell us *which* meeting you're writing about as we don't automatically
know which one you're referring to.

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