Since i've become organizer I don't don't think i've sent out my safety and security email yet. I think it's a good time to review some basic internet safety for our members. This email is basically as a reminder of things we all need to remember when using social networking websites. I am currently working on a more comprehensive strategy for my meetup groups which i will post in a week or two but for now please use these cautions.
1) Please remember that member are to use caution at all times when giving out any personal information. If you wouldn't give your phone number to a complete stranger on a street then please don't give it out at a meetup unless you are comfortable with that person. members are under NO OBLIGATION to share personal information at any time.
2) please use a disposable email address: Yahoo, hotmail, google all have free email addresses you can setup for free and use for meetup. that way you don't have to worry about someone getting your normal email address and it also cuts down on the mass emails that can clutter up your regular email.
3) No member is to send random emails to other members asking them out alone or initiating first contact if you have NEVER met before at a meetup in person. If you have not met a member before and you get a random email asking you out please let the organizer know immediately. This is not a singles or a pickup group. Over time friendships can be created once you have met someone over a couple of meetups and we understand that, but if you have not ever met anyone and they start to email you it is not recommended to meet that person. The meetup site is setup to allow people to meet others in the safety of a group setting. you can meet nice people and get to know them.
4) For your own safety please think about making your groups list private. That way you cut down the chance of someone cyberstalking you.
5) If you are tired of getting 15 different messages from one group you can also go to you account settings (top right of meetup page) then scroll to the bottom of your list of groups and go to the area that says Privacy. for the Who can contact you on the site? option choose to receive email from only organizers or from people that are in your groups list. that way you wont get the 50 "hi" messages from people that are in the us or other places in the world that you aren't meeting lol.
also for "Who can post Greetings on your profile?" option at the same location you can set it to people that are in your groups as well so you know you they are someone you may have met.
6) If you receive one of the many "hello" messages from people in the group that you have met you have an option to simply delete them if it's a first contact message or replying. I would highly recommend deleting messages from people that look like they are trolling the meetup site trying to pickup others. People like that should be joining a singles group where people expect to be contacted by others but a movie group is for MOVIES not love :-)
I will be updating group policies in the next little while and we might do a 'internet security and safety meeting' soon for any members that may want to learn about how to protect themselves a bit more on the net. Please email me and let me know if you would be interested in learning more and i can look up the content online for a group meeting