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she·nan·i·gan | \ shə-ˈna-ni-gən:
a devious trick used especially for an underhand purpose
tricky or questionable practices or conduct —usually used in plural
high-spirited or mischievous activity —usually used in plural
Church of Wifi Definition of Shenanigans
The Church of Wifi defines shenanigans differently.
Stupidity or silliness caused by not enough alcohol
The true hacker spirit
Doing things like dropping stuffed animals with parachutes because we can
The Church of Wifi has very few rules, although we are a bonafide religion we are also compatible with other religions. We can best be defined as absurdists in that we can never really know if life has meaning while we are alive. As a result of being absurdists we are compatible with theistic, atheistic, absurdist and even nhilistic belief systems.
Your belief system is a personal choice, we are not an evangelical church and will not force our belief systems on others.
Informed consent in all things is mandatory, as such you cannot join the church until you are of the age of majority.
Alcohol and substance free options to everything shall always be available.
The shenanigans commandments shall always be upheld.
The DEFCON Code of Conduct shall be strictly adhered to.
Harassment of any form to any member or non member shall not be tolerated.
Do No Harm
The first commandment is
do no harm, just like physicians. You do not want to get kicked out/banned/arrested etc. We do not provide bail money for our members, anything you do as a member of the church is really as a private citizen.
The sub-commandment is
do not be a jerk, and shouldn’t need to be said but here we are.
If you feel you need to cause damage, GTFO, we are a peaceful non damaging group.
Every time you do a shenanigan put yourself on the receiving end, imagine your reaction. Is this still a good idea, if so then proceed, if not
STOP RIGHT NOW.
Imagine the publics reaction to your shenanigan, is this the kind of thing that would ruin someones day. If so stop!.
Use shenanigans to make life a bit brighter and happier.
Negative and harmful shenangians are called crimes.
DO the Math
Look we are smart here, when doing anything make sure you do your homework. A well planned shenanigan is an excellent shenanigan.
If dropping, suspending, launching things, or other shenanigans involving gravity or force make sure you run your ballistic force calculations and compensate for failure.
Make sure you weigh things if dropping or suspending stuff, add a margin of error. Heavy things and gravity lead to injuries, ensure you have parachutes or other methods to reduce harm. Make sure your parachutes are rated for the load you are dropping. Make sure the load you drop won’t hurt anybody even if the parachute fails to deploy.
Have sober assistance to verify your math and supervise all shenanigans. The sober person should be
8 hours bottle to throttle
Validate escape / abort plans at multiple checkpoints, and use your checklists
If you are going to be breaking rules, ensure that conference staff are engaged and supportive
Look we are all adults here, cleanup after your shenanigans, don’t be a jerk and leave a mess for others.
If anything untethered is launched be ready to retrieve it.
If anything is launched be ready to lose it!
Cleanups should be done in 10-15 minutes
May require extra bodies, claning supplies, tools, etc, have them ready.
DOCUMENTEDplan for cleanup you can show to conference security staff
You should have a sober person to be the designated adult, this person has the ability to terminate the shenanigan at any point without argument, they can also designate contingency plans to be executed if things go sideways.
You do not need to be drunk to enjoy a shenanigan.
Ideas conceived while drunk or under the influence may seem like a good idea at the time, others may not enjoy it and
beer gogglesare a thing.
Run all plans by the sober adult, and review them yourself when sober. If the sober adult gives the OK, then proceed carefully.
Sober people may not enjoy your shenanigans.
If things involve heights make sure all shenanigan operators BAC is below .04
Double check your math by sober people and/or technical specialists.
Do not argue with your designated adult and/or security staff.
We are all responsible adults, if we aren’t we shouldn’t be doing shenanigans.
You break it you bought it, its that simple, be prepared to pay for any damage you cause.
Plan for failure, be ready to accept resonsibility and consequences for your actions.
Responsibility should drive the
is this a good ideadebate.
Your shenangians may cause personal and unforseen slights and insults, you should be prepared to accept personal emotional respnsibility for your actions. Impacts can spread beyond financial and property.
If you are pushing limits, be ready to get push back. Own your shenanigan and actions.
Now we will take a side tangent, property damage. Your shenanigans could cause property damage, this is not ideal and you
MUST make ammends. We have seen cases where people have thrown jars through car windows or damaged venues. This is not an acceptable shenanigan.
Do not throw jars of cherries through peopes car windows
Do not permanently alter the venue or other peoples property without permission from the owner of said property.
If you break things make it right
Do not apply stickers to walls, they are a royal pain to clean up.
As a responsible adult you must maintain an emergency fund to pay for things you break. This is a part of responsible planning.
Use judgement to determine risk, plan accordingly
If anything goes horribly wrong the consequences could include personal, legal, and financial.
Have plans for funs to immediately and voluntarily repair damage.
Plan on a lawyer if needed, as well as bail funds
If you annoy somebody be prepared to buy a round or four as compensation
Shenanigans should be fun for all, they are a tool for laughter and entertainment, when they stop being fun it is no longer a shenanigan, they are just you being a jerk.
Shenanigans should be fun for all. Bonus points if they have positive lasting benefits.
Equipment or resources should be reused or donated to charities if possible.
Shenanigans should make somebody laugh or smile for your efforts
The shenanigans should be seen in a positive light by the general public.
Allow people to opt-out
This is an additional commandment to the original 9 but its important enough to repeat.
You must give people the ability to opt-out or otherwise provide informed consent in some way.
Your shenanigan may make people uncomfortable or trigger them. You must make every effort to make sure people can get out of the situation. Be prepaed to deal with consequences.
Drunk people cannot consent
People under the age of majority cannot consent
Power imbalances between parties also prevent informed consent. This includes boss/employee, mentor/mentee, or other power imbalance relationships.
Know your venue
What was acceptable at DEFCON may not work at THOTCON or Derbycon (and vice versa), know your event/conference, and tailor your shenanigan accordingly.
If doing adult themed shenanigans make sure kids at the venue are in bed
If doing anything interactive that may be offensive don’t make it seem like its mandatory.
Again do not permanently alter the venue, this cannot be stressed enough.
Honor airspace restrictions unless you have all relevant authorizations.
So when performing shenanigans you may need to perform petty tresspass. Ensure you know your venue and cooordinate with security staff. Some areas the venue or security staff will look the other way or provide an escort. Some areas will get you ejected or banned outright.
Do not tresspass with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) over .08, some parts of the venue may be dangerous.
Do not damage property
Don’t access hazard areas or bypass safety devices, do not access elevator shafts, electrical hazard zones, confined spaces, or other areas hazardous to life and limb, even if you are qualified.
Have bail money
Yes the church of wifi has a parachute division, we parachute plastic army men and stuffed animals. I don’t know why its a thing but it is.
Make sure you run calculations for the following: force of object impact with parachute, descent rate with parachute, force of object impact with parachute or harness failure, descent rate with parachute or harness failure, parachute deployment time/distance.
Have multiple spotters and a videographer
Ge venue permission, they will eject you if you don’t
Use rocketry rated rip stop nylon or other purpose designed parachutes
Security staff love a well planned shenanigan and will even assist you, however you shenanigan must be funny or otherwise cool enough. They may help you in the following ways:
Escort you through restricted areas
Distract venue security guards
Hide you from conference organizers
Give you ideas during the planning phase
Get you access to restricted areas
Act as a spotter
Help you get venue permission
Security staff love shenanigans, make sure its awesome and ask nicely, they may just help you out.
How to conduct shenanigans safely
Talk on how to conduct shenanigand safely