WordPress Chapel Hill Message Board › WordPress Meetup Changes from WordPress.org
Jane Wells, who heads up Community for the WordPress Foundation, which runs WordPress.org, sent out an email today to let WordPress Meetup Organizers know of upcoming changes to how WordPress Meetups are handled.
First and foremost, all WordPress Meetups are intended to be *free.* Charging for WordPress Meetups to cover costs for snacks or nominal room rental fees must be done through an alternate method, if at all. Running a WordPress Meetup as part of your business is frowned upon. Certainly, opportunities for WordPress work will arise simply through touting your expertise with WordPress, but making money off of a WordPress Meetup is frowned upon.
Second, all WordPress Meetups will be merged under one master WordPress Meetup account, such that Wordpress.org is the master organizer and all current organizers become co-organizers to their respective Meetups.
The merge will happen soon and all WordPress Meetup Groups will be renamed, possibly with their respective city/state and then "WordPress Meetup Group."
There is no specific change to WordPress Meetup formats, which are always selected by the users themselves and what they want to learn about and discuss. Others will have an opportunity to become co-organizers for their own Meetups for free.
We'll be posting a new Meetup event for WordPress Chapel Hill shortly. Stay tuned!