Feb 082011


  1. LGBHGG: A challenge to most any group is to get & increase cooperation from members, especially those actually saying they’ll attend.
    1. LGBHJI: One subtle way to do this is when the person RSVPs for the event. In particular are the questions asked at RSVP.
      1. LGBHPJ: Meetup has long offered a rarely used feature of seemingly additional Qs asked asked to the person after he/she RSVPs
        1. LGBI3V: The only type of answer is text, about 250 characters. Unfortunately no other type is supported.
        2. LGBHVA: These questions are always optional and the user can always skip them, unfortunately Meetup doesn’t enforce any question to be required.
        3. LGBHYF: The questions are private to only event hosts & higher organizers.  It is unfortunately not possible to make any of them public so at least other members can see.
        4. LGBHRB: Private Qs asked only on YES RSVP: Before the new Meetup Interface which, where the questions are only given if the person RSVPs YES , it used to be the questions were always asked no matter if the person RSVPed even NO (which, for most questions, was inappropriate  so annoying & confusing).
        5. LGBIC7: Use, from seemingly least to most important:
          1. LGBHWT: Not so important overall: These questions seemed to be designed & typically for logistical questions, such as “What food are you bringing to the potluck?”, while important in some cases, overall across the average event the utility of this is low, especially given the answers are entirely private to just event hosts.
          2. LGBIE2: Seemingly important: In 2010 on some event I saw them used as as reminders, as “Be sure to bringing __”, which then occurred to me can be rephrased as a yes-no check-list, “Are you bringing x as required?”, and a checklist is a very powerful way to insure attendees & members do what you expect them to do.
          3. LGBK3E: Important: Getting name off ID for guest lists (for eTickets and night clubs & dance clubs). This is an important use to be sure, but overall on Meetup it doesn’t occur too often.
          4. LGBIOH: quite important: Building commitment.
            1. LGBJ60: A huge problem with Meetup is lack of commitment, especially in social groups as people today feel it’s generally okay just to follow their whim. And probably causing this is that Meetup allows a person to do what before Meetup was largely unthinkable: one can join (and at any time instantly leave) a group, and meet the group in person, but never have to give their real name Nor ANY contacts (not a phone, email, address, not zip code (yes Meetup hides that, too), nor in many cases not even a picture, in fact though of course the chanes of finding each other goes down without these, it’s still possible and Meetup still does it routinely). In fact, it may suprise people (including Meetup members who have never been Head Organizers) to know that even the head organizer doesn’t have this information on his/her members (Meetup doesn’t typically have real name, and while it has zipcode & email address, shocklingly this is NEVER shared with even the Head Organizer of the group). While in an initial/child’s view, joining & even meeting without ever having to give any trust & commitment sounds like great thing, what’s to prevent it from being abused? Well, in the big sub-urban & urban environments where people are increasingly socially disposable, apparently nothing stops it from being abused, and so that’s exactly what happens.
            2. LGBJ6B: Well, in my experience, by still asking for & getting name, email, phone, & zip, this helps get that commitment back.
              1. LGBJJ8: In fact that so much that the value of having these things is usually NOT using them more than it is getting Meetup members out of the instantly shut table shadows and into the real world again of actually building relationships & friendship with people beyond 1x & haphazard meetings.  “Oh, I’ve given my name & contacts, now I guess then I’m going to have to be serious.”
              2. Unfortunately though,
            3. LGBJFB: It seems tough to ask & get name, phone, & even email from Meetup members: as one might guess, with Meetup setting the standard that none of this needs to be shared, asking these personally identifying details then becomes very tough to do. But, I have found ways to do it, that gets results about 90% of the time.
          5. LGBJL8: Very important: Asking cell # else email-to-phone for meeting each other.
            1. LGBJYL: Meetup strongly suggests it’s possible to meet without things as a cell # or even an email.  And, yes, they actually make this happen routinely.  But it doesn’t work in many situations.  In a crowded meeting spot (which can be as small as a fair) it can be very hard to find one another, even in a place as small as nightclub or danceclub (where it’s often also dark), especially if (as is typical on Meetup) you haven’t seen the person before or it’s been a while, but in crowds (without a cell #) it can be tough even even if the person is your own brother or sister. And in a meeting place, like a hike our tour where the group is moving, it can pretty much be impossible without a cell #. And few people are comfortable & capable using the Meetup web interface on their phone to the point they can use it real time to find other members.
        6. LGBIJA: Samples, in particular ones that most every group could use, from roughly best down:
          1. LGBT9D: 7 Meetup RSVP private Qs LGB2XZ (asking full name, cell, email, & zip, plus getting participation)
          2. LGBTAT: 1 Meetup RSVP private Q LGBLHW (asking full name, cell, email, & zip)
  2. Meetup RSVP private Qs to elicit cooperation & participation & from members, especially attendees
  3. LGBSVE: Category[RSVP Qs LGBSVE] -ID from here.

    1. LGBT0P: definition: questions which are done when one RSVPs.
    2. LGBSW8: subcategory[(definition LG5DEF) of (RSVP Qs LGBSVE) LGBSW8] -ID from here

    3. LGBT1I: I added these as to http://2.LoveRules.Info/category