[Talk-us] Local user groups

Serge Wroclawski emacsen at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 18:31:24 UTC 2014

I agree with Alex and Paul here. It would be ideal to say "Oh we can
replicate the functionality of a user calendar"- that's absolutely
true. The discovery functionality is what's not replicatable.

I've had one user here in NYC who does not wish to participate on the
meetup because he doesn't want to sign up, but wanted to be kept
informed about events and discussion.

At this time, there's an ical feed for events, and an RSS/Atom feed
for the mailing list. This doesn't allow for full participation, but
it allows anyone who doesn't want to sign up to Meetup to be kept
informed of the events.

Additionally, a third party could collect all the ical feeds and
construct a calendar.

This is not ideal, but neither is Facebook, or Google, or any other
third party service, and it's a lot better than the alternatives.

- Serge

On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM, Alex Barth <alex at mapbox.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>
> wrote:
>> However the cost is expensive for individuals to start a Meetup group.
> I recommend either crowd funding a meetup group or getting a local company
> to sponsor. Like Ian said, at OSM US we've spent quite some cycles on how we
> could support local communities US-wide with paying meetup.com fees but no
> matter how you turn it you're looking at a non-neglectible administrative
> overhead to manage this plus the very real possibility of paying for meetup
> groups that have gone inactive. Funding locally is the most organic and
> effective approach.
> Funding locally is also a great opportunity to create an active trust of
> meetup hosts or involve a local company in OSM :-)
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