So this is a concept taken from autism and disability conferences, where some attendees get worn out and want to be there, but have no social energy left. https://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ColorCommunicationBadges.pdf
I’d like to propose making a little dish of buttons up at the front that members (and even non-members) can wear when the place gets busy.
Green - You’re open to giving tours, meeting new people, and want to show off what you’re working on. Green can also be helpful for shy people who wish to start conversations and make new friends, but struggle to initiate. It tells people that you want to be approached.
Yellow - You’re busy, but still willing to socialize with close friends or people you already know. No tours or strangers. Please keep your questions quick if you have them.
Red - You are busy or tired or just don’t want to talk to anyone. Only interact if you absolutely must, but try to direct your questions and banter elsewhere.
(anyone can speak to a red or yellow button about major safety concerns, or waiting to use a machine, etc)
Any thoughts or ideas to add?