Leave RSVP comments at top right side... not Below the event mixed with NON-RSVP comments
Your recent change of idea to place RSVP comments below the event is going to cause a lot of grief for organizers seeking to approve members based on their RSVP comment. This will mean we will have to scroll down to bottom of event to find the correct RSVP comments from members and when we find it, to scroll back up , edit the RSVP list to approve a member. When other members make many non-related RSVP comments, we will have to search for specific responses. DONT MIX THEM ! Keep RSVP comments top right side apart from non-rsvp comments or leave this option open to organizer to allow or disallow. This is going to cause me another nightmare. We Rely heavily on correct RSVP from waiting list members and I dont want to go search for them way down at the bottom of our events. PLEASE think this over or provide an option for organizers to make use of or prohibit this feature. I am OK with allowing organizers to reply to RSVP comments either way.. Dont DO THIS !
Leave RSVP comments where they belong in the RSVP list. Remove the intros from the RSVP list.
I had to change a date on an event and got 14 people who then changed their RSVP to No with comments, which now show up in the main comments for the activity. So I have 14 BS remarks that people have to wade through to find pertinent information for the event. It's hard enough to get them to read what you need them to read in the comments, but when you have 40 or 50 non-pertinent comments, no one will read any of it. I also have people post comments with information I need in their RSVP-not in the main comments, so I can go down through the RSVP list and see each person's response. Now I have to go foraging through all the other random comments trying to piece together what should be right in one place out of the way of the general event comments. Please put it back the way it was.
the way that rsvp comments are posted in the same location as the event conversation makes it very confusing to follow a conversation. Having our profile message posted where we rsvp instead, is useless.
It was so great to be able to scroll down old events and see people's feedback/review of the event right there on the main page, as opposed to below as a general comment in the comment thread. Also, I just discovered that when people RSVP their profile responses show up. It was SO MUCH BETTER when they could post something helpful and critical with their RSVP that would show up there instead, such as "Can drive", "have group pass to park", etc. I don't get what the value is in seeing the person's first responses to their profile questions in the RSVP box. PLEASE GO BACK...IT WAS AWESOME THE WAY IT WAS!!! :-)
In very active groups, there is already TOO MUCH commentary on the activity feed. Two groups I am in have specifically told people NOT to use the activity comment, but to use the RSVP comment. One group asked for this to plan carpools, another to specify particular information to the event organizer. I'm sure there are other groups that have made this distinction as well. In short, we need a way to control the flood of information that Meetup is sending out.
Another way of looking at this is that you are looking more and more like Facebook, ie, you're trying to get people more engaged online. That isn't what Meetup is about, IMHO. This isn't about becoming more like Facebook, it's about differentiating Meetup from Facebook, by keeping the online stuff to a minimum, so it remains useful as a way to meet people in person. Unfortunately, every change I see being made makes Meetup less and less usable for that purpose. I've already (almost completely) given up on Facebook. I'd hate to give up on Meetup, too.
I really don't understand why this with over 500 votes was declined with no explanation.
Do any of you Technicians that make adjustment to the sites run a group or host events? I'm thinking if you did you would realize half the stuff you are doing suck!!! Go back to the old setup with comments.
Toronto Weekend Adventurers commented
I suggested this idea to meetup on Feb 6. I have not received a reply or indication of their course of direction. I struggle with this RSVP thing on every event. My organizer fees are due for renewal at end of April and I will hurt a lot of members if I dont renew as we have meetups planned in the coming months. I really dont understand why they cannot communicate or understand that your paying members dont want this ! I do not see any uservoice forum on this topic of anyone who wants to keep this change meetup made. I question the mindset, business direction, professional etiquette and SANITY of meetup GHQ policy. You should not use your past successes to hold us ransom. Stop all your spam promotions and just indicate to your paying organizers what are you going to do? You are failing us. Please respond or act or do something ! Was 2011 not a lesson learned? I am ready to apologize to my 1200 members that I cannot take this much longer.
Please turn this feature off. I run a large Meet Up group where typically over 250 members RSVP. There are currently 29 comments for our last Meet Up and our members keep emailing me complaining that there inboxes are full of Meet Up Spam. I'm getting tired of telling them I can't turn it off an they have to do so themselves. My members don't need to read that Jane from Walnut Creek can't attend the Meet Up at the last minute because her dog was sick in her car. BAD IDEA!!!!
It was so much better the way it was before!
If you don't want to go back to that, at least allow Organizers to adjust the page layout-- it's such a pain with the most recent update!
This is yet another example of Meetup HQ changing something that was great into something bad. I would rutinely tell my members to post something related to them personally in the RSVP comment and not in the general comment section that should only contain stuff relevant to the group as a whole. Now everything gets lumped together so when you want to read the comments for something important related to the group/event to have to go through a lot of unimportant person specific comments.
I totally dislike what Meetup has done with the RSVP comments and with the adding of intros where the RSVP comments once were. I've added my votes here. Wish I had more confidence the Meetup HQ actually listens (rather than just saying they listen).
I have been deleting most of the comments from members who say that they are not going to the Meetup. They should not be displayed under the Meetup description. What is the point? Reasons for not attending or changing one's status to Not Going do not enhance the so-called "conversation."
I organize a food group and require people to state what they are bringing to the event. It was always listed in the RSVP, easy to see. Also, if someone changed to a 'no', their item went with them. Now, everything is cluttered in comments. When I host an event, I have started deleting all comments that are not relevant, leaving only the dish the member is bringing. I've also deleted my intro, and have suggested to members they do the same. This is really frustrating that MUHQ doesn't listen, then they make a move to close the communication. How I would love to move my group to another service or website that has more options or at least listens to their paying customers.
As a member attending an event, this is not good as I find the comment notifications annoying, especially if it includes RSVP comments in which I don't need to read. As an organizer, this is not good as I find the comment section disorganized. How am I supposed to keep track of RSVP comments for carpooling? Who has time to delete more negative comments when they used to be hidden under not attending list? Please move RSVP comments back to top right side. Thanks.
Steven Christenson commented
I'm sure Meetup won't budge on this. They will deliver features you don't want, but once they move "forward" they never go back. EVER.
I suspect Meetup doesn't actually ever use the tools they've created.
I don't understand... Just give the the organizers the option of disabling this feature in their group settings. LEAVE IT AS DEFAULT for every group... but just let the organizers choose if they want this feature. Currently the organizers who care about this deleting introductions as a workaround. ...so what's the harm of giving those organizers a choice?
This is the stupidest, most annoying thing Meetup has ever done. Why do they continue to ignore complaints and reason and refuse to change it back??
Bob Mc commented
I agree with your point about the negative comments. But I believe it would be better to allow the organizer to remove them than mess with the whole format. I would actually remove the member or tell them to remove their remark under the current system. Don't need negative people anyway
George K commented
My complaint was that a member could RSVP "no" with a negative remark next to it, and the organizer could not remove the remark without removing the member from the group. Moving remarks to comments solved that issue, and also solved the problem that new members don't know how to change their remarks later or add a remark later. If looking for member's pot-luck contributions, half would be in Comments even though I asked for them in Remarks. For me, the change is okay because it's easier for the new members. (sorry)
I totally agree....it does not make sense to see the introduction of member in every event, they do not serve any purpose. It is true now to see the RSVP comments we have to search between hundreds of comments. Please stop messing with the site even if you want to change give option to keep current setting.
I agree - leave the RSVP comment as it was. We often use the RSVP comment for organizing carpools, and now we can't find the individual requests/info easily. The old layout was more user friendlier than the new! Besides, the intro in the RSVP comment section does not really add any useful value.
I think the simple fix is to make comments with "No" RSVPs stay with the RSVP. Only post the "Yes" RSVP comments on the event page.
Please leave the page layout as it is. Making this type of change increases the difficulty of using your web sight to facilitate meeting people with like minded interests.
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