Never use the word "helped plan" if an event is an official meetup
It is degrading to members of the leadership team, who often spent many hours planning the event without any help. If an event is official and organized by a member of the leadership team, then the text should always read "organized by". "Helped plan" is appropriate for unofficial meetups.
Updated to show role / title of member who added the Meetup.
a Paris co-organiser commented
hmm, my event attendee list still indicated that I "helped plan" my meetup last night. So much for this concern being "completed"
Mary C. commented
It is not fixed. Will it show that someone only fixed a typo or updated the time?
Carol Richart commented
I feel like im stepping on toes
NO! We want our Event Hosts, who plan and run all our events, to get the full credit, not merely the organizer who put it on the Calendar for them. The EVENT HOSTS are the ones who come up with the idea, decide all the details (where, when, maps, etc.), manage the RSVPs, run the event, take full responsibility for it, and mark attendance. THEIR name should appear, not the organizer. (This at least should be an option for organizers.)
Randy Keeling commented
Thanks for listening. We hope we can get more of our important issues resolved like this.
Thank you meetup. That sounds sooooo much better. I respect that you listened to your paying customers.
This is better now that you have given us our roles back but still, on the left hand side, it is not clear who THE organizer is...
as someone else who is an organizer said I AM MY MEETUP. I do 99.9% of the work so do not tell me I "help". it is annoying in the extreme when I do the publicity, the emails, ring the venues, drive people home, pick people up, etc etc and I m told I just HELP!!!
yeah, i damn well object to that, I have carried the can for my meetup since April 2009, I do just about everything, initiate 95% of the ideas and have run 99% of events!! If i ask someone else to take over I cannot rest easy that they will turn up on time etc.
Thank you for starting to work on this. After more thought, I would like to turn this feature off completely from my group. My name is on the site too much as it is.
It is confusing. If the intent is to make people feel like they contributed that is just stupid. It's one thing to bring up an idea and another to turn it into an event. As I have said in many other posts - this new format treats us like children who do not know enough about planning events and interactions so the site does it for us. BAD MOVE
denise d commented
Thank you, Greg, I appreciate y'all stepping back and taking another look at our concerns. I personally like this compromise - if an event is official and organized by a member of the leadership team, then the text should always read "Organized by". "Helped plan" is appropriate for unofficial meetups. I'd like to suggest "Helped plan" as an Organizer's option for recognizing any member who is helping, but is not an Event Host.
Of course, as Organizers, we should still be able to turn off the option of having Members plan events.
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Elizabeth Z commented
So I go in and correct a typo and that's all I need to do to "help plan" an event? Ridiculous.
Fernando Antonio Salguero commented
Agreed! I HATE the new layout!!
You took away our photos , video and intro from our home page.
The meetups have maps instead of meetup specific photos that help describe the content.
It is harder for members to understand and they are commenting on the wrong events.
I hate it so much I am considering switching away from meetup.com. I hate it.
Also doing away with MAYBE as rsvp was bad enough, but then to put the words " I can't make it." drives me up a wall.
This is not a can or can't situation, it is a will or will not, a yes or no.
I run the largest Survival meetup in the country. We average about 75 members with each meeting.
Listen to me, I want to get the old format back for my site that I pay for. Switching it up on me without asking is wrong.
Doing it in such a half assed way is worse. I will LEAVE Meetup.com and take my success elsewhere.
Professor Mant commented
Greg Whalin wrote :
"We are working on fixing this now"
You already "fixed" it, now you need to "unfix" your fix.
Tasha Hwong commented
why mess with something that was not broken?
Greg Whalin, you better fix that ' horrible bug' ASAP. I don't want to be called a helper who paid the meetup fee from my bank account. One of the golden rules: If you want people to give you respect, please respect others first. That's including our title, as an ORGANIZER!!!!!!!
Glad this is being fixed. The language is an embarrassment. It is degrading to the organizers who put in a lot of work, only to be demoted to mere "helpers."
On the flip side, an organizer in of my groups couldn't figure out how to change the location of a meetup. I was able to jump in and change it for him. It took a couple of clicks. And now...it says that I "helped plan" this event. Ummm....no.
Chanell Gautreaux commented
I don't "help plan" my meetups. I am my meetup.
I noticed that the new format listed me as "helped plan", but that's not true. I didn't help plan this at all. I merely was given the info to put up on our meetup site. I'm actually more of the 'web guy' for the group(s). This should be changed to let us choose more options or completely remove it.