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The Relationship Between Meetup and NTOS
A comment made in a recent discussion thread made me think that I should clarify the relationship between Meetup and NTOS. I hope the following brief explanation is helpful.
Meetup "helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face." Essentially, Meetup is a club platform.
The North Texas Objectivist Society contracts to use the Meetup services as its club platform.
Meetup and the North Texas Objectivist Society are otherwise independent.
Everyone who signs up for Meetup is subject to its general terms of service. Meetup's terms of service are here: http://www.meetup.com... For example, it currently states:
The North Texas Objectivist Society ("NTOS")
NTOS is a private club. For the time being, until we grow and can develop another form of club governance, I am the "Meetup Group Organizer" (or just "Organizer") for NTOS. Essentially, this means that I own NTOS. As the Organizer for NTOS, with the advice of the Assistant Organizers I may select from time to time, we are always working to establish and clarify organizational principles and standards for NTOS.
But rather than operate NTOS based on my whim, I think the participation terms should be rationally derived, capable of being objectively applied, and the minimum necessary and sufficient to help our society to thrive. As I have often explained, I think this is the key to organizing something much bigger than a group of my friends.
Everyone who signs up for the North Texas Objectivist Society additionally and separately from Meetup's terms of service also agrees to our NTOS's participation terms as published and amended from time to time on our NTOS "About Us" page.
What "power" or "authority" do I have as the "Organizer" of NTOS? Very little. I ask that our members respect our organizing efforts and participation terms. If someone refuses to do so, about the most I can do is expel them from future participation in our private club. If our members value our organizing efforts, as most seem to, they are glad to honor our minimal participation terms.
For our current participation terms see our About Us" page.
Edited by Old Toad on Nov 23, 2007 9:34 PM