Expanded privacy settings: locations/pictures. Member needs a "Has attended an event" status.
The only request I've had in the past few years is that there be a expanded privacy settings. It currently is all or nothing. Some members are concerned about pictures being posted (Like I can stop the internet LOL) but I should be able to limit prying eyes. I'd like to keep my meetups open, to maximize membership, but restrict access to future event locations and pictures. For access to pictures I would prefer members to be listed as `Having attended an event`.
Organizer Halifax Dining Out and Wanderers meeyup groups
You currently only have 2 choices: make everything (pages, group info, etc) viewable to everyone who finds the group OR change the setting to make most of the info not viewable to anyone who finds the group. It would be nice to make everything viewable BUT the meetups themselves and a few other things about the groups. Ya know, like Facebook. We have many options on what on our profile we would like to be seen and by who.
Add the ability to make only members private to nonmenbers, so people can still see our activities and decide if they want to join or not. I like to advertize our events by sending the links to nonmembers, but they can't see it unless they join. I had to make my groups private to prevent an exmember from seeing when members RSVP, but I don't need my whole MeetUp to be private.
We now offer a ‘semi-private’ setting that hides details from non-members, like Meetup locations and photos. Limited information is still visible to non-members, like names, dates, and times of upcoming events. Click here to learn more:
Definitely implement something like this. I am a group organizer and have received feedback, primarily from female members, about creepy individuals on meetup who aren't a part of our group desperately messaging them for dates and such. A few of these individuals tried to join my group but I declined and banned them but that is proving to not be enough of a deterrent because they'll still message my group members. I have reported some of them as "harassment" but they still remain meetup members.
Implementing this would also help deter people who make meetup accounts that are purely for advertising purposes from contacting members of a specific group. No one likes getting spammed with that kind of garbage.
I would like to be able to send out invitations to members with the status "has previously attended an (or two/three) event" - I'd use this specifically for events at private homes, in order to not having to send out addresses to complete strangers.
David Wheelock commented
Love this idea! Please implement this.
I suggest Meetup have an opt-out in Privacy settings from search engines, like FB do. This way my name & groups can still be shown to meetup members.. seems really odd to willing join a site and make friends, then have to hide everything away from them on the site... because Meetup allow google & search engines to bring up all your pictures and posts. If this is the case then why does meetup request you have a password.. when all can see!!!
Larry K. commented
We would like to be able to make just the member directory private without having to make the whole group private. The current all or nothing option is too limited.
The issue of privacy, safety, and stalkers has made me want to leave Meetup and has made me leave certain groups.
Meetup needs to give both members and organizers more options to protect privacy and safety related to events, groups, rsvps, photos, etc. As much as we may want to think of Meetup as a community and place to build friendships, it is essentially a place to meet strangers and that comes with inherent dangers.
Craig Jones commented
One option needs to be to not advertise the group if the organizer doesn't want you to. For a truly private group, there is no point in telling other meetup users about it if they won't be allowed to join. You're just wasting their time.
give members option to set their privacy on events/rsvps/groups etc and give organizers the option to set privacy on the group/events/photos/pages etc..
When I am checking out groups I like to see photos, past meetups , future meetups and ideas before I join. I want the same for people trying to find my group. If I take it private they can not. I have not joined groups because they are private. I am trying to promote my group. I just do not want the whole world to know who the members are or post anything.
This is one feature we would like - allow the group's member information (some of it is very personal to us) to be kept private, but allowing anyone to see the Group's meetup event - so we get more publicity and generate more members. Currently, we have to make the whole group private just to protect our member's privacy.
I would be interested in making some of the message boards private. Sponsors offer benefits for our members, would like those that I post on the message board to be available for members only (private)
many of my members are questioning me for better privacy. Don't like information being on the internet. Some how my name, address, phone showed up attached to a meet-up when my name was googled. Need to stop this or people will drop out of meet-up.
Even worse than this, if you just google a person (you do not even need to be member of meetup or a specific group)
you can find out all their profile info, which events they RVSP'd to and whatever they posted on the discussion boards
Photography Naples commented
I agree! I have worked hard to grow my membership and now a "competitor" is taking the names and contacting my members through Facebook. I paid for advertising and have worked really hard for a year to grow my membership, just to have a targeted mailing list for someone else. Making the entire group private would slow new members from joining.
I would prefer that organizers be able to set the privacy level of each feature of their group's site.
Tip: each group has several kinds of "upcoming events" feeds that only members can find on the group's site (scroll to the bottom of the "upcoming events" page), but everyone can see when they know those feeds' addresses (a privacy concern I've pointed out to Meetup that they weren't concerned about). You could use these feeds to share events with nonmembers. I don't know if it's possible to embed any display of them on a meetup site given. Meetup doesn't allow embedding of Google Calendar widgets. However, you could create a blog for your group and make use of your feeds there. Blogger has tools for this and you can have as many contributors to your blog as you want.
Ann S! commented
Samplings of past events won't work in this case, because I use upcoming events as an invitation for people to attend and see if they like us so might want to join. If I send them a link for the event, then they can also check out our site and other future and past events, rather than just sending them the details about the one event.
or a sample of the last 2 events and next 2 upcoming
I feel the same way about more privacy options vs the current all-or-nothing system. It makes the groups not only more open but more attractive to a diverse group of people if they can choose their individual settings as well as there being group settings.