Glenn Fleishman at Wi-Fi Networking News wrote yesterday about a coffee shop in Seattle that decided to “experiment with taking back its culture by turning off the Wi-Fi juice on weekends.” Various weblogs are linking to Glenn’s story including Engadget. But one of the only places I’ve seen people discussing it beyond blindly linking to it is Slashdot.
In the story at Wi-Fi Networking News, coffee shop co-founder Jen Strongin said that before Wi-Fi, â€œPeople talked to each other, strangers met each other.” Wi-Fi is pretty new as far as non-techies using it. As Voltaire once said “Common sense is not so common.” I think that the cafe could keep their Wi-Fi open on the weekends if they helped educate their customers about free Wi-Fi etiquette. To many of us, it might just seem like common sense.
The Wi-Fi user group, Boston Wireless Advocacy Group, that I am part of created a “Do’s and Don’ts” poster for cafes and restaurants who provide complimentary Wi-Fi. The idea is to provide tips to patrons who are using the free Wi-Fi. We’re in the process of distributing it to Boston area locations and it’s available online as a low-res PDF. It’s a work-in-progress so if you have any ideas regarding how the poster could be improved, please let us know.