Re: [seattlejs] Keeping Seattle JS free (as in beer)

From: JS B.
Sent on: Monday, June 4, 2012 1:22 PM
From what I've heard from others, many people don't realize that Meetup charges organizers, and don't realize the difficulty of finding venues.  If you do decide to charge, make it clear it's to offset your costs, not to make a profit.

On 6/4/2012 1:10 PM, Justin Lilly wrote:
The Scala meetup in NYC had great luck with a $5 / visit fee. The flip-side of that was that your first visit was free (iirc).

I remember being taken aback by a $5 cost, but I think it actually increased participation and discourse compared to the other meetups I have attended.

Not saying you should do it. Merely suggesting that it might not be as bad as you initially thought.

-justin

On Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 11:54 AM, Carter Rabasa <[address removed]> wrote:

Thanks to Tony for sending out a reminder about this week's Meetup.  Consider this a follow-up and a plea for your cooperation so that we can keep this Meetup free (as in beer).

Tony & I are really excited to be rebooting the Seattle JS Meetup.  Our goal is really simple: to bring together a passionate Seattle Javascript community, provide opportunities for learning and ultimately put Seattle on the map in terms of its JS community.  We discussed at length what kind of Meetup we wanted this to be, and one of the things we agreed on was that we wanted to keep it FREE.

However, there a bunch of downsides to hosting free Meetups, primarily involving planning.  Since there is no cost to hitting "RSVP", it is hard to know how many people will actually come to the event (typical drop-off is 40%). That makes it difficult for us to plan how much food/drink to provide.  It also needlessly blocks people from coming.

Summary: please treat the RSVP as a promise to us and everyone in the community that you are attending the event. It helps us (the organizers) and it helps your fellow members. And it will help you one day.  Thanks!

@CarterRabasa





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