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Meetup.com corrupt

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.

It's probably wrong of me to assume but it seems like maybe meetup only schedules meetings at places that are giving them a kick back or something.

Gregg Tavares
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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.

Now, if meetup.com was positioning where the meeting was being held as something one or more of you had voted for, and noone had, then they're playing awfully loose with the consumer trust they gained by getting a recommendation from JOS.

Greg Hurlman
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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.

Ken McKinney
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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

Gregg Tavares
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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.

Gregg Tavares
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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.

Gareth McCaughan
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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.

So to explain- someone wrote "I'm still looking" and signed themselves Diogenes.  Famously, Diogenes the cynic  once went round in the day holding an unlit lamp and when asked why said "I'm looking for an honest man". 

A cynic writes
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

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