So Meetup.com is introducing a "small group fee,"
to be paid by the organizers-- and if I don't pay I'm removed as organizer.
I don't think I was notified about this either; I just happened to be on the site and noticed it.
So anyway, I wanted to chat about it a little. I'm sure lots of people will post and say "well, why the fuck bother with Meetup.com anyway?" And to those I reply: attempts to arrange alternate meetup nights/times haven't worked out very well. The official quality of Meetup.com has helped a LOT in just getting people together.
Now, I'm not sure what happens to our group on meetup.com if I don't pay, aside from my being removed as organizer: will the Portland-area meetup stuff on the site be dissolved, or will that continue as it used to, pre-organizers? If the latter then I'm not even worried.
The fee is $19/mo ($9/mo for this month if I act now or some jazz), and theoretically we get some new features. Like, I'd get a bunch of stupid "materials" (cards, a "Guide to Great Meetups," a sign, a sign-in sheet, etc), a way to e-mail all you guys at once, invitations, and a bunch of other junk that I frankly don't think is very important.
Also, I would be given a method for group members to contribute towards that monthly fee.
Frankly, I think it's a crappy deal-- as you could probably tell by my description. If other people are willing to offer up a few bucks a month then I'll be willing to also, but I don't want to get stuck paying for it myself. I went through the FAQ and I can't tell if you get to pay on a monthly basis or if you have to promise to pay monthly for a year or if you have to pay for a full year up-front.
So...thoughts, opinions, rants, etc? As far as I'm concerned, as long as a few of us remember and post saying "hey, meetup, this day this time this place!" we could be just fine.
Er, sorry that this post is a little bit all over the place. I'm just annoyed with Meetup.com and tired to boot =P