We were using meetup.com until we figured out they were picking venues based on some other criteria than votes. We figured this out after several meetups where checking with the attendies not one single person had voted for the place and several people had voted for other places.
When I get poited to one business from another business, I *always* assume there's some sort of kickback going on... business as usual, really.
I'm not sure a conspiracy is required to explain this. I haven't attended a meetup event (none of the ones I've signed up for have reached critical mass in my area) so I don't know from experience what percentage of the people who sign up actually show up for the event. It wouldn't surprise me however if it was as low as 1/3. Say 5 people show up out of 15 signed up at meetup.com. They all would have been asked to vote for a venue however. Voting for a venue is easy, click the link in the email that meetup sends you as the date for the meetup approaches. It seems to me quite plausible for the venue to end up being chosen by people who never actually show up for the event.
It's a small group. Less than 20 people so it was easy to check who voted for what. It happened multiple times and so after a year for dealing the the fallout we finally stopped using meetup.com
Oh, and yes, Meetup.com does position itself as allowing the group to vote on the meeting place and having the #1 voted spot be the place the meeting happens.
I would have thought that in general the people who do turn up are more likely to be people who have voted for the chosen location than people who have voted for somewhere else.
ermm...as gratifying as it is to return from moderated oblivion, the post I was referring to didn't. Which is why it's incomprehensible.
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