Allow organizers to moderate comments before entire mailing list is spammed
Please, please, please let the organizers moderate comments before they are spammed to the entire mailing list. This is the most abused feature on Meetup.com.
I know that individual meetup users can change their preferences to not receive those comments. No one else knows that, unless the look really hard. New members think the organizers have some influence on this. They do not.
I organize one of Silicon Valley's largest and most active meetups, and our users complain about this to me constantly. Please change this.
Sometimes is very hard to monitoring and reply at all the comments posted by members in a Meetup event. Can be more easy ask to them to write in a apposite topic and not in the event
What have you done in terms of improving your comment feature... It's great that I'm able to delete inappropriate comments, but I still don't like the fact that if a member rights some comment it goes to my whole community. This should be pending under the discretion of me the organizer and only paying customer. Please fix this ASAP... I should have 100 percent control of what gets sent out to my community... Just like how you website works... So please understand that.
Members are using this now as a way to slander and criticize me... you think i want to wake up and read that I'm a con artist knowing it's being sent to my whole community.. that crap and you know it.
Please send this to your CEO right away and get this feature added ASAP...
New Feature: Organizers can decide if they want comments sent out or now.
Before a Comment is posted to a group, allow it to be reviewed by the leadership team. If the comment is appropriate then it can be approved and posted to allow others to see.
Some comments are posted on a meetup and everyone receives an email. Sometimes comments are not appropriate and the organiser should be able to approve any comment made
While Meetup has made sure to shut down organizers' complaints by closing the forums which were quite active, it has not only kept the comments-without-moderation feature but made it even worse by enticing everyone to post comments which unfortunately have not always been good for both organizers and sensible members. It feels quite passive aggressive and vindictive by the "genius" taking the decisions at Meetup, perhaps a way to punish all the organizers that have complained about the constant changes, bad changes, lack of common sense, etc etc etc? This person silenced people by closing the forums so Meetup can look good. And even though they have kept this UserVoice page, how often do people visit this dead UserVoice? In fact, not even Meetup visits let alone acknowledges these suggestions...
This is honestly beyond comprehension... So many organizers pleading for a beneficial, common sense fix to this broken feature which has only aggravated the meetup experience for organizers. Then Meetup, to make it even worse of course, entices people to ask questions, make comments, etc.... And we all know that this has led to some members posting comments, links, etc. that have not been conducive to anything positive towards an event. Not everyone is in a good place and Meetup has opened a door to these people to spread their issues. Obviously and sadly not everyone is in tune with common sense, just think of the person from Meetup that implemented this comments without moderation feature... And this says a lot about this person from Meetup. Meanwhile, Meetup shut down the very busy forum where organizers could voice their concerns with others, while of course constantly trying to shove down everyone's throat this Uservoice page that happens to be a graveyard of pleas, in fact where's the people from Meetup concerning this matter? More than 800, so far, votes and comments ignored... Way to go Meetup.
Organizer of specific meetup group needs to change their setting (just one) to prevent Everyone that joins from being an Organizer or Event Planner. If they won't do that, then I suggest leaving the group. I have a meetup group myself, and I have done this. Its very simple.
I just this exact problem this week! A member apparently had issues with another member and posted over several events and photos, saying she was cheating and calling her a 'wh0re' and EVERYONE got the messages and it was a pain and caused unneeded drama and just makes the whole group look bad.
John Broughton commented
The supreme irony here - this 'uservoice' platform Meetup is using allows for comments to be moderated before they are posted.
If inane and pointless comments are to be generated into email messages, please allow the organizer to be able to moderate said annoying and pointless comments before they are sent to the entire guest list. It really impacts the event and group negatively when these messages are sent out. It would be great if organizers had the power to stop them.
Steven Christenson commented
Berenice: This facility has NOT been created. The request is to prevent things from going to the group without the group members having to take individual action. Being able to delete an inappropriate comment after the fact is "closing the barn door after the cows have fled".
The only thing that appears to have been done so far is to add an hour delay before sending out comments... but hosts and organizers cannot watch 24 hours a day to prevent abuse of event comments.
The ability to delete comments has been in place a LONG time.
Just wanted to know if this request was completed because it looks like it has. If so, please let us know here so that we don't nag you about stuff that's already been done.
I was looking through Group Tools > Group Settings > Mailing List > Optional Features, and there's an option to "Allow all members to send messages, but Organizers approve messages first". I believe this is what the commenters here were after.
Also in comments for an event, there's an invisible "X" that appears when users mouse over the comment (which I hadn't noticed before). When you hover over the X and you're the organiser, you have the option to Delete or Mark as Spam.
I'm a happy camper now.
YES. Organisers and Assistant Organisers should be able to remove inappropriate comments from events. The event host, if not an Organiser, should also be able to do the same for the particular event they're hosting. And they should be able to do this before it gets published to the mailing list.
I've had people use the comments section to post their personal details or to start conversations that really should be discussed via email. Although I'm not responsible for other people's posts, as an Organiser I would really like to be able to remove these comments in order to protect their privacy and keep personal discussions out of the event listings and mailing lists.
(By the way, I'd much rather see the Meetup team prioritise these sorts of requests over non-crucial, cosmetic changes like the "Fresh coat of paint" initiative, http://meetupblog.meetup.com/post/46434287932/new-feature-give-your-meetups-a-fresh-coat-of-paint. It's nice to have but not essential compared to this.)
Romano Daniele commented
ok 3 voti tutti per te ;)
Stefano Alessio Paradiso commented
I don't agree.
ermanno romano commented
I do agree.
Antonio Zanotto commented
In linea di massima ok
Marco Negrì commented
The same possibility should also be given to the assistant!
I contacted the Main Organizer of a group I belong to, and they said that the reason this happens is because they have allowed all members to be Organizers or similar in the Settings. The owner of the group will need to agree to change this setting.
Someone I have never met spammed my museum event via the comments section with hate message directed at the organizer. Their message caused several new members not to come to the event because it gave a bad, drama-filled impression of my group. Also, on several occasions, a new member posted changes to my event in the comments section, and people thought the event was canceled or changed, when it was not. Also, when people cancel and post their reasons, it e-mails everyone negative info about why they backed out (It is too cold. It might have traffic, whine, whine, whine . . .). One event had 6 whines, and another had 17 spams. Do you think the new members will want to stay in the group? Again, this discourages attendance. While I delete these types of comments, the damage is already done.
Karl Kaufmann commented
Can't agree more. I am active in a number of Meetup groups, and am an assistant organizer in a few, working with events ranging to backpacking to Web technology. Often, from what I see, users may not even be aware of what they are doing. It probably could be remedied by a mix of UI improvements, as well as making group messages be opt-out by default, besides the moderation option. In the groups I'm in, it rarely is an issue of trolling or malice, mostly of user ignorance.
ursula kolecki commented
Moderation by Organiser of automatic group emails essential. Why? Criticism of group organisational choices fired off to everyone. We are hard working, volunteers with feelings. Why should we be subject to an individual's uncensored personal agenda? Love letters by some fake latino gigolos has been spammed to all members using the system as it stands. Emotionally vulnerable members have pressed "reply" to all members and revealed their very sad, personal plea for retaining their membership despite never attending an event. These responses were unfortunately joked about in this same public forum. Then some evil troll sent anonymous death threats to the members who made light of these sad emails. We can all have the wisdom of Solomon in hindsight! Radio uses the 30 second delay button to prevent public ridicule via something random that came out of someone's mouth! Yet, frequently inexperienced social media users can expose themselves cruelly by pressing SEND. Organisers need to have a "retrieve from humiliation" button, both to protect individuals from themselves, and to protect the Organisers from the self righteous criticism of a self proclaimed genius who knows better than anyone how the meetup group should be run.
I do not know why this has not been done already. Whenever someone posts on the meetup event is goes to every single attendee and is now out in the public for everyone to see. It makes no sense not to allow the organizer to be able to moderate it by having the following options
1. Members may leave comments (unmoderated)
2. All comments must be approved
3. Only the event organizer and event host may leave comments
Then another option as it relates to the board
1. All comments are to be emailed to attendees
2. Only comments left by organizer are to be emailed to attendees
3. Only comments marked are to be emailed (you know some option that allows the organizer to check E or something)
Anyway definitley the first option should be institued IMMEDIATELY. This is ridiculous. And for big groups that get new members daily it is HARD to get people to stop leaving comments and be cognizant of the fact that it is NOT appropriate.
Allow organizers and hosts the ability to plan their event without issues, spam, or other problems.
Steven Christenson commented
December 2012: "How much longer will Meetup ignore a request with well over 600 votes, and 80 comments - from organizers and members?"
Almost March 1, 2013, still no response from Meetup. There are ideas with hundreds of votes that are FOUR years old that Meetup has never bothered to address. Instead they keep tossing out new behaviors that INCREASE the spam like "Good to see you".