[Baypiggies] Contact info at Meetup regarding http://www.meetup.com/BayPIGgies/ problem
kd at karend.net
Thu Jan 14 15:46:42 EST 2016
If you want to regain control of the Meetup, the previous organizer(s)
need to contact Nicole and her team on the Trust and Safety team at
Meetup at abuse at meetup.com.
This chain of events was really unfortunate.
Personally, I am highly dependent on Meetup to learn about different
software development talks going on in the Bay Area. One of the amazing
things about the Bay Area is it is such a rich environment for learning,
exchange of information, and networking...but without a unified resource
like Meetup is is really hard to find them.
I posted on a thread on the Meetup page discussion board (no longer
accessible to me because I haven't paid the fee:
everyone got thrown out that I was concerned that the Meetup was going
to charge $20 per person per year...and at that time there were ~1200
people on the group. It seemed like an enormous amount of money that
needed to be collected. Some reasons on the listed on Meetup for the
group "needing" those funds were to essentially reimburse the
coordinator (?!). I was removed from the group because I didn't pay the
I know that many individuals in the community likewise use Meetup to
find opportunities to learn, and while some groups do charge a fee for
teaching events I knew that Baypiggies did not. There was no explanation
for the sudden change from free to not-free, and others seem to be
bothered by it. I knew that other people trying to just learn about
Python could be being duped into what seemed like a scam...especially
after all the talk on the mailing list.... and it made me mad that
people would be abusing good-hearted developers who wanted to learn and
connect...especially newbies in the community.
I took the initiative to reach out to Meetup to see what next steps
might be (hopefully this didn't step on anyone's toes but I wanted to
alert Meetup about possible fraudulent activity [the group's display
name changed this week but still included the same casing BayPIGgies as
if it were part of the original group])...basically because I didn't
want people's money to be stolen by unscrupulous people misrepresenting
an association when there are so many great resources around. Although
Silicon Valley is seemingly an area of great wealth, the cost of living
is quite high and there are people in the impossibly expensive Silicon
Valley for whom $20 (possibly misspent) can make the difference whether
or not they can eat (students, early startup coders, etc etc). Honestly.
If someone wanted to start a new Python group that would be fine to
me... but to ask 1200 people to suddenly give $20 without consent from
the group seems unsavory at best.
The reply from Meetup:
My name is Nicole and I work on the Trust and Safety team here at
Meetup. Thank you for taking the time to write in. I would be happy to
look into this further; however, we need to hear directly from the
previous organizer of the Meetup.
If you can have them reach out to my team directly at abuse at meetup.com
we'll be able to conduct a limited inquiry and take the appropriate action.
Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.
Trust and Safety Specialist
Again, my sincere apologies if obtaining this info regarding next steps
stepped on anyone's toes ...but hopeful the Meetup group once again can
be a resource for sharing Baypiggies events again.
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