Subject: Re: Responses and suggestions on Raith reservation policy
From: Mark Topinka <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 13:54:38 -0800

This is a good point, Jien Cao-  We should definitely be able to make a 
4-hour reservation inside of an open 5-hour slot, and my proposal from a 
couple of hours ago, if read strictly by the letter of the law wouldn't 
"allow" this...  Not sure what the right solution is, any ideas?  Here is 
one possible slightly modified version of what I proposed earlier that I 
think more or less addresses this concern: "on any new reservation of  3 
hours or shorter, you are not allowed to leave any 1/2 or 1 hour block 
between your reservation and any other user's reservation (before or 
after)."  This is getting a bit Byzantine for my taste, what do you all 
think?  Maybe the best thing is just an *understanding*, an unwritten rule, 
that we don't make reservations purposely half-extending our reservations 
into neighboring un-occupied half hour and hour-long slots. -Mark

At 01:01 PM 11/16/2004 -0800, Jien Cao wrote:
>I agree.  Each reservation should probably go immediately
>after the previous one, or else leave a 2- or 4-hour gap in
>However, in the case when there are already reservations
>ahead and after, how should this work?  The newly reservation
>still has to immediately follow the previous one, but is it allowed
>to leave a gap between itself and the reservation after (which
>has already been there)?  We should probably be flexible with
>this case and not force a user to reserve the time he/she doesn't
>----- Original Message ----- From: "Scott D. Andrews" <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2004 12:43 PM
>Subject: Re: Responses and suggestions on Raith reservation policy
>>>penalizes people who can legitimately get a write done quickly!?   I
>>>believe my proposal ("you are not allowed to leave any 1/2 or 1 hour block
>>>between your reservation and another user's reservation.  And no
>>>reservation shorter than 2 hours.") solves the sneaky-half reservations
>>>problem that some people are doing,
>>I second Mark's suggestion.  I think it is a very good idea.