Stop promoting other EVENTS on other groups after someone rsvp's. PLEASE. Too many cancellations because people get too many options.
I have run 3 groups for several years and the Cancellations, especially at the last minute (48-72 hours) are at ALL TIME HIGHs. I believe that this is due mostly to the crossposting that meeting does when people rsvp for a groups event and then gives them a whole bunch more options from OTHER GROUPS EVENTS taking up the whole middle (not side bar) of my groups page. PLEASE, I am not paying meetup to send people to other events in other groups. I CAN understand the small sidebar on the left promoting other groups in the area but not this. This feels disloyal to the group owners paying the dues. It feels unethical. Thanks for considering my request!
Elaine Vigneault commented
This drives me crazy! Meetup should not be doing anything that confuses our members. That "feature" confuses members. Allow organizers to turn that feature off.
Stan Goldstein commented
I agree 100%. If we rent space or arrange transportation or food, it is VERY inconcienient (& expensive) if people drop out at the last minute to attend a different event. I've known of events where a person that was "too sick to attend" "or "out of own for business" was not too sick to attend a different event, or back in town in time to attend a different event. It's bod enough if this happens, it's far worse if Meetup supports it.
I'm a meetup organizer and I feel quite comfortable that members would have all the options they can possibly find. If they don't want to come to my events because they will be happier somewhere else then I prefer they be happier than be at my event :)
I think specialized, focused events for a particular audience will have high attendance even in competition. I say we all compete for interest fair and square. I don't mind only having two members show up if those are who truly want to be at the event I organized over all others :) Just my 2 cents.
Agree 2000%. Stop promoting public groups on my site.
George Garrigues commented
Let's not be selfish, now!
Exactly, totally agree! Unfortunately, Meetup seems to be paying more attention or giving more importance to the number of members that are usually attracted to the website thanks to the hard work of paying organizers... There's nothing wrong with acknowledging them but wouldn't it be nice if organizers had some say when it comes to all these features that don't help at all??
Total agree with this. You're trying to gather guest for your site. You have spent your own monies to build and other sites witht he same interest can just in and gather up guest for there site. It's like a conflict of interest.