Omg! Why do I get so much email?
Email, Email, Email
Okay, first off..how many groups to do you belong to? The more groups, the more emails...the more active the group is even more emails....just the way it is...you are going to get an email every time an event is posted. So if you belong to 10 groups....and one does 3 events a week, one does 15 events a week, 3 of them meet once a month and the rest meet once a week...well you are going to get a minimum of 23 to 24 emails a week just for joining the groups.
Then of course, the organizers have to send out emails keeping their members up to date on current affairs, notifying of meeting cancellations, time changes, directions, you name it... a good organizer that takes care of their meetup members, is going to send out emails.
Now let's talk about what you do have control over...RSVP's. This will reduce the amount of email (outside of what you're getting above) drastically.
When you DO NOT rsvp for an event:
1) When the event is two weeks away, meetup will send you an email telling you this and letting you know that you have not rsvp'd and give you the chance to do so. This email's subject starts with 'Announcing.....'. Had you rsvp'd yes, no or maybe when you got the event notification...you would not receive this email.
2) When you still haven't rsvp'd...meetup will send out another email, you have a meetup in one week......again asking you to rsvp....
3) The day before the event....again!! Get the picture....
The fact that you did not rsvp just created an additional 70+ emails for just one week's worth of events in all your groups.
Now should you RSVP yes or maybe....
You will get a reminder email about an event telling you that rsvp'd yes or maybe and telling you to change your rsvp if you are not or no longer attending.
Unfortunately for those who hate all the email, there are more of you that rely on the reminders and some members rely heavily on email only and don't check the site often. So that is why we (the organizers) don't turn off the email notifications. We are hoping that the meetup staff is listening to us, because we are all asking (begging) for them to give members control over their own meetup notifications. But as for now...they haven't included this in an update :(.
What we (organizers) encourage those that hate all the emails to do as well is set up a free email account (hotmail or yahoo for example) specifically for your meetup membership. But BE SURE to check it regularly....if you don't and there is a time change, meeting cancellation or location change...don't get upset with us, we notified you..you just either didn't read or ignored our emails.
And remember to RSVP! This will help your inbox tremendously :). Sometimes, organizers need to send out emails regarding upcoming events and we select the appropriate members to send these to..yes, maybe's...etc.s We almost always include the 'haven't rsvp'd' because we don't know what your status is. I just can't stress enough that if you know for sure you are not going to an event...then RSVP NO for it.
If you RSVP NO:
You will not get any notification emails from meetup regarding that event and 99% of the time an organizer has to send out an email regarding that event, you will be ommitted from the mailing list.
Hope this helps :).