Make "Greetings" private
Greetings frequently mention names of children, dogs, places I have been, other meetups I'm in, etc. and it would make it pretty easy for someone to read through them all and collect a LOT of information about me.
I especially would like to have the option to make them private in the public view (from someone not logged in or in one of my groups,) but also have the option to hide them from people not in the particular meetup group that the greeter and I have in common, or just hide them period so I'm the only one that can read them.
I have seen many greetings that are public which contain private messages and/or email addresses.
Why are Greeting "visible" to all. If a greeting is posted to me - I should be the only person who can see it. At least let us "hide" greetings. don't get why meetup thinks if someone leaves me a note everyone has the right to see it.
Have an option to make the 'greetings' section private. As a teacher-in-training I have to be Very Careful about what is on the net.
Many horrible faux pas committed by people who don't understand that Post Greeting is seen by everyone. Private phone numbers and flirtations are prominent. Just change text to read "Post Public Greeting". And also change "Send Email" to read "Send Private Email".
Please add the option to make "Greetings" Private. This is a big Privacy concern. I am unable to start my Meetup Group until this Privacy concern is resolved. Deleting Greetings after they are posted is not an option. Once it is posted, it will appear in Google search and even after deleting it, it takes several days to disappear from Google.
I think this is a really important point that meetup should strongly consider.
It's really important members can control their own 'greetings' and who see them - if they want. It's too simplistic to say just delete a comment you don't want others to see. Personally I would like the option of stopping a specific individual seeing them. Unfortunately I've had a specific individual use the greetings to 'stalk' me - I don't want to stop everyone from seeing my greetings, just him. We should be able to have option to control our personal information.
Please give this serious consideration meetup!
Steven Christenson commented
Each person should have the ability to make their greetings private, just like they can make their group associations private. Indeed, I can usually figure out what groups someone is in just by looking at who leaves greetings.
And despite the ability to DELETE a greeting, once something is posted where it is publicly available it can be saved and replicated through the internet.
I would prefer an option to: 1. Disable all greetings, 2. Forward "greetings" to me as an email, or 3. Keep it as is now. (And I'd not use the last one).
This isn't about inappropriate comments that need to be removed, it's about picking and choosing who sees what. I have no problem sharing public greetings within a group, but why should those same greetings be public in any other groups? Why should someone in my hiking group know my religious or political beliefs? The answer to this should not simply be delete it!
There is no option to stop greetings altogether, but there is an option to limit them to organisers only.
meetup > account > email & notifications > other meetup email > Who can post Greetings on your profile?
It would certainly help if the email option was made easier to find, since that is sometimes what the other person would have preferred used.
Delete a greeting or a public message if you don't want it on your profile. The rest of us shouldn't be punished and hampered in our ability to use the site because your friends lack judgment and share info that you don't want out there. Public greetings make for a friendly, welcoming environment. And yes, I delete messages I don't like...both here and on Facebook.
THere is absolutely no reason you shouldnt feel comfortable removing from the internet SOMEONE ELSES MENTION of "dog or children" or WHATEVER you dont want out there! Its the same as facebook people not making anything current over two days viewable. People Dont put the onus on MU to Protect your Privacy, DIY. What some people feel is private is not what others feel, yet EVERYONE HAS THE ABILITY TO DELETE GREETINGS. If it bothers you so much to do so, then write them a note explaining it. THAT's opening the interpersonal door, that's nice. MU Cant do that for you. Take responsibility for Gosh sakes!!
I think the actual problem is that most meetup.com users think sending a "greeting" is sending an email. See my idea for more details:
I completely agree. I am going to have to go through and delete all my greetings now. :(
An Organizer (Dale) was banned from posting on the Meetup Forums for pointing out some examples of how much personal information is available in the public MU comments and event pages. (He took only information that is already public, and he hyperlinked the URLs to make this clear. Meetup didn't care.)
Evidently in Meetup's eyes it's fine to post private information online, but it's a bannable offense to call attention to this. Doesn't meet their marketing model, perhaps? (Yet they still claim they 'take privacy issues very seriously.' Yeah, right.) The thread was here (censored by MUHQ): http://www.meetup.com/boards/thread/16943122/10#58199832 and here http://www.meetup.com/boards/thread/16593012/10#58183402
Amy B. commented
I agree. I've been checking with several different group leads- and no one is sure what to do. What bugs me is that when I join a new group- all of the comments from my other groups show on there when someone views my page (I've tested it). So its very confusing to people checking out my profile because there are notes like "Yay! Welcome to the group!" from months before I joined the new one, and there aren't tags behind people's names saying Katie (from Nature Group) says "...". Very frustrating and confusing.
Cindy M commented
D, you can turn off greetings and then they would have to email you. However I like having the option to receive greetings, I just don't want everyone to be able to read them.
Cindy M commented
I agree. I was just looking up how to do that. I would like to be able to hide greetings to me from everyone, except the author. Just like we can hide our groups, if I don't want someone "stalking" me, but they could trace me back to a group via the greetings.
I agree, we should be allowed to keep them 'private'. Even deleting greetings is not a option after a certain time.
I feel the same, it seems rude to delete a friendly greeting someone has taken the time to write!
Yes, I know that but I can't require people to send me an email rather than a greeting. My only recourse is to delete the greeting, but that feels very rude to me after someone has taken the time to post such a nice note. Having the option to keep them private or limited to group members would be so much better.