Two quick points to add to what Nate said:
1. Amit: "a) you should be GLAD you have an organizer"
??? Michael: "Well the price was the same without an organizer."
Actually, it wasn't. We used to pay $5 at the door when we didn't have an official organizer, not $10.
2. There is a slight difference between an organization that is run as a not for profit thing, and a non-profit organization.
I also agree with most people here, that if you don't find value in the NYTM, you don't have to attend the Meetups. There's been too much hue and cry over the misapprehension that "Nate's getting paid big-time, he must be living high on the hog and sipping Cristal with my money!" This idea can be easily debunked by trying to organize a Meetup event the size of the typical NYTM one. As quickly as the money comes in, it is spent, on getting the venue, security, etc. The money is being used to defray expenses; I doubt if anyone's gonna get rich being the organizer of the NYTM (at least not directly).
Eddie, but enough logic..where's the snowball fight happenin'?
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