Have a feature where people need to confirm their YES RSVP the day before the meet-up.
Tom Cappy commented
Uh...that's what I do the day before and the day of every single event I post. I post 25+ events a month! In that we are a "food and drink" meetup group, the venues want an up-to-date RSVP count. It's time consuming, I agree with you. Some of our larger events must be prepaid, and even in that there is the notion of "something coming up at the last minute". I don't want to be the bad guy, but when it happens three days prior, I let them know that their monies went to the general fund (what I use for promotion, gift cards, and of course the site). Don't get me started on "no shows"....
Clark Gembey commented
I always make sure that I confirm my RSVP. I think it is just so rude for someone to say yes and then not show up and not even change their RSVP so someone else can take that spot. Would you tell your mother you were coming over for dinner and then not show up and call her? Would you accept an invitation to brunch or a party and not just show up? This should be mandatory.
Koen Havlik commented
Either something like this or implement a predictive model:
This is very helpful when number counts affect the venue needs
Cathy Dunham commented
What if this was ONLY activated for users after their 1st or 2nd no-show? Then, the faithful attendees would not be penalized or dropped if they didn't reconfirm. And it would turn into a helpful "reminder" for those who tend to be on the forgetful or less-communicative side?
Personally, if I say I'm attending, I add the event to my cell phone and Outlook PC calendar. I'd hate to have to add a silly reminder to my personal calendars to remind me to reconfirm... LOL
I submitted the idea mentioned in my previous comment. Link above.
I'm a user rather than an organiser. I find it very annoying when an event I want to attend is full when I know full well that 40% of the people who have RSVPed are not going to turn up. I can see "the usual suspects" who sign up to every event on every group they join and don't attend any - they even RSVP for events running simultaneously in different locations! I think though that rather than confirming the YES RSVP, Meetup should collect information on people who no show consistently across many groups and warn them and if they persist, remove them.
I don't think I would like this. The email reminder should be enough.
Rachel R. commented
I suggest a button that only shows up 24-36 hours before the event.
I currently email my members and they respond to me by email to confirm. I think they'd like the option of confirming on the site.
Dennis F commented
I don't like this either. That is putting too much of a burden on the members to be near a computer the day before. Email reminders take care of this problem.
Jim Joedicke commented
please dont make this required, I am not always around a CPU before the event.
Please don't end up making this a *required* part of the process flow. Perhaps the organizer/event host can specify on the "Schedule a Meetup" screen whether attendees must verify their RSVP before the event. I do not want to require my users to verify *every* RSVP, as this creates more email traffic and work for users. Real world example: We have two meetups that repeat weekly. The people that RSVP to them usually show up, so I don't want them having to verify *every week* that their coming.
Also, for better adoption of this "RVSP Verify" feature, include a CARROT in there for them. Example: If you set up functionality so that users who confirm Yes RSVP would receive an automated email with text defined by event host, THAT would be a CARROT to the event attendee and a time saver to the organizer/event host. (We often have meetups at private residences, and only send out the address to those that have RSVP'd yes. Also, we often send an email only to attendees with the even host's phone number to assist attendees that are meetup up at a public venue, hiking trail, etc.)
Bad idea - how much time do you want us to spend on our computer - we RSVP'd once - scrolling and scrolling thru endless events now and we are sometimes on more that one meetup group - work, kids, pets, house - cmon - punish the ones that dont show - dont make us do double duty!!!
Please spend your time elsewhere. We have good solutions for this.
I am putting my "thumbs down" vote in with Jonathan and Monica.
This is yet another defense tactic attempting to solve no-show's problems. I have already addressed this Boundary Issue in another comment under "Make No-Shows Visible to Everyone..." (which I also disagree with).
It's like requiring the already responsible people to wear an extra set of underwear because everyone's going to get their a@# slapped no matter what... and this is just unfair AND unnecessary.
What if you can't get to a computer and you're running out of time? Now all of a sudden you can't go to a meeting, just because the Internet is down? Give me a break.
Responsible people are already pretty good with communication and most likely have cell phones and friends to contact if something should come up. So let's give them a break.
And give this idea a real break, too... as in dispose of it.
Rebecca McGrane commented
This could be used somewhat like a common courtesy. When I have an appointment scheduled with someone I call the day before to confirm that we are "still on" for our meeting. This gives me the opportunity to reschedule with them if something has come up and gives them the option to break our appointment if they need to do so. If I do not reach them I leave a message to the effect that unless I hear otherwise I will plan on seeing them out our meeting time/place. Having this inside of meetup.com would work beautifully - so long as the attendee only had to click the link if they were not coming. Thereby still "confirming" but less intrusive - "click here if something has changed and you won't be able to make it"
The idea has potential, but would work best as an optional feature that can be enabled for specific groups or events. We run many "open", no-obligation events - a forced confirmation would be counter-productive for those. However, a few of our events would benefit from a confirmation system.
I agree with Jonathan Milenko -- this would punish the people who show up when they RSVP responsibly. Bad idea.
Gareth Timms commented
Difficult most of our meetups are on a Sunday a number of our members only access a computer during the working week. Also increasing number of members fed up with the amount of reminders and postings from "Meetup". Want to do things once and no more.
Nancy P. commented
What if the "yes" person is absolutely attending but does not get on the computer for this. Or what if they're having computer problems? Or other problems? Oh bad idea.