Geek Girls of the East Valley FAQ!
Can I join if I don't live in the East Valley?
Of course! We have members who live in Downtown Phoenix, the West Valley and the North Valley. Just be aware that most events take place around Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and Scottsdale.
I'm new to Arizona. Is the Geek Girls a good Meetup to join?
Welcome to Arizona! The Geek Girls are a GREAT Meetup for new people. Many of our members are newer to the valley and are looking to build their social circle here!
What are the Geek Girls generally like?
Our members are really diverse, from all kinds of backgrounds. The common threads among us are intelligence and curiosity, though we also tend to be independent, well-read, and we really enjoy conversation. The group tends to skew to the liberal side politically and non-religious or non-traditionally religious, though we welcome everyone. Be aware that we're pretty opinionated and seem to love talking about politics and religion.
We have a wide variety of geeks -- art geeks, computer geeks, law geeks, writer geeks, number-cruncher geeks, medical geeks, business geeks, all over the place. We're college students and grandmothers.
Also, it's worth noting that the term Geek Girls does not by any means limit the ages of the group. Based on meetup attendances, members of the group range in age from 20s to 40s, though older Geek Girls are absolutely welcome!
I'm intelligent, but socially awkward. Am I going to feel out of place?
It depends. If you are respectful and polite, you will be just fine. We will make an attempt to reach out to you and engage you in conversation. On the other hand, if you try to take over the conversation, call a lot of attention to yourself or otherwise show a disinterest in the feelings of other members, you may be met with a less-than-welcoming response.
Additionally, members may be removed from events or from the group itself if complaints begin to surface regarding behavior.
I am soooo in love with my boyfriend/fiance/husband! Can I bring him to Geek Girls Meetups?
We have events that allow non-geek-girl adult friends. Check to make sure they're allowed, and RSVP them. Otherwise, Geek Girl events are for Geek Girls only.
I have a great kid! Can I bring him or her?
If the Meetup allows children (this will be explicitly noted), you can bring children. Please RSVP him or her in addition to yourself for headcount. Otherwise, please do not bring children, as not all members enjoy the company of children.
Why can't I RSVP Maybe to an event?
Meetup counts "Maybe" responses as "Yes" in terms of filling slots. If there's a limit of 10 people in an event and we get 7 "Maybes", that blocks out 7 people who would have RSVP'd "Yes". In most cases Maybe means No, and it's embarrassing to book a large table in a busy restaurant and only have a few people show up. So for events where spaces are limited, RSVPs must be Yes or No only. Usually a waitlist is provided, too.
How should I pay for events?
Try to bring cash. Most of the time we can get separate checks, but restaurants hate doing this and we want to be welcome to come back. Some restaurants and venues do not split checks under any circumstances.
How much notice should I give for cancellations?
Try to be courteous and cancel 48 hours in advance if there's a waitlist. This will allow those on the waitlist to have time to plan for the event or change their RSVP (if necessary). If there's no waitlist, please change your RSVP anyway as a courtesy to the organizers. Life happens, but please try to keep the rest of the group in mind, especially for events that many people are interested in joining.
I was a no-show. What will happen to me?
If you didn't change your RSVP, weren't on a waitlist, didn't attempt to contact us and didn't show, we're making a note of it. Repeat offenders may be bumped out of future events and placed on waitlists, giving priority to other members. (Members who were on a waitlist but were converted to Yes RSVPs on the day of the event will not be penalized, as many members do not have access to personal email during the day.)
Do I need to RSVP No to events?
Not unless you already RSVP'd differently. Please RSVP No if you were a previous Yes or Maybe so we don't put you in a final headcount, but I don't personally want to get 130 emails from the group explaining that your cat is sick, etc. There seems to be an idea going around that you will be dropped from the group or no longer receive e-mail updates if you don't RSVP. While that might be the case for other Meetups, we are perfectly fine with Yes-only RSVPs.
I'm a geek guy. Why can't I join?
Because then we would have all these guys around -- not just you, believe it or not! There are a few, great, local co-ed geek groups run here on meetup, you should look into starting or joining one of them.
I know of this great event that I think the Geek Girls would enjoy. Can I invite you?
Yes -- send info to the organizer, and if it sounds good, we'll make it a Meetup.
I'm a Meetup organizer. I'd like my group to hang out with your group. Is this possible?
Sure, send details of specific events to the organizer and we'll consider them. Please don't crash our scheduled Meetups.
I own a local business and I'd love it if you held your Meetup at my place.
Great! We are always looking for new places to check out. Keep in mind that we are going to do our homework before we book an event and will evaluate your business on its appropriateness with our group.
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