DO NOT HACK means DO NOT HACK
The Hackspace rules can now be found at rules.nottinghack.org.uk
Any rules found on this wiki are superseded by those at rules.nottinghack.org.uk as of 15th May 2016
What is left below is of historic reference only
This rule is put there with the aim of people's projects not getting damaged or misused.
Objects In the Hackspace:
Some things are obviously not to be hacked, like tools and bits of infrastructure. Sometimes the presence of an object is ambiguous though. Do Not Hack signs are a simple way of disambiguating them, and protecting your projects from the awesome ideas of others.
There are all kinds of reasons for projects to be around the space; for instance some are too big to go in a member's box, or something might be a part-built piece of hackspace infrastructure. If it's not in a materials store or a consumables box, then assume it's not for hacking. It's possible that something not in materials storage or a consumables box IS available for hacking, but you should make sure first.
Protecting Your Projects:
When you've started work on something and it might be ambiguous that others aren't to mess with it, put a do not hack sign on it. For instance, you've found the perfect piece of board to make a mug rack later that week, or you've built a piece of furniture but need to store it until you've got time to finish the wood. For something so unfinished, it might be easy for another hacker to assume it can be used for something or even consumed as material for a different project.