I noticed this when I was creating a new meetup and
sent a mail to meetup support yesterday, and they told me it was a few
"feature". I've posted complaint on the comments page. My comment
"As far as I can see, everyone on this list who
says that this is a good idea is someone who would take the default setting of
disallowing 'maybe', so there's no-one at all who will actually benefit from
this change, and (as seen above) it will annoy lots of people who use it. I find
'maybe' a useful setting in my meetups for all the reasons listed above."
I have a conspiracy theory that they've removed it to make the
db schema easier or something, rather than driven by user
Here it an update from Meetup HQ about RSVP options. I am
not entirely sure why the development team focused on removing an existing
feature where else there are loads of features which urgently require their
You can follow the discussion here and also read more here: http://meetupblog.meetup.com/2010/12/no-more-maybe.html
note that I don't work for Meetup.com and have no control or influence over the
Our next meeting is on 23rd Dec for Xmas drinks, so look forward to seeing
some of you then.
We're doing away with the option to RSVP as 'Maybe' to a Meetup.
When it comes to managing expectations for your Meetup, moderating
'Maybe' respondents generally created more work for Organizers. Maybe RSVPs also
had a tendency to overcomplicate things like waiting lists, and made it harder
for Organizers who charge fees to attendees. As best we can tell, the majority
of folks who RSVPed 'Maybe' never actually made it to their Meetups.
Meetup isn't about maybe getting together sometime. It's about actually
building local communities that meet face-to-face in the real world. The more we
thought about it, the more we realized that 'Maybe' didn't really fit with what
Meetup is all about.
How will this affect members?
have already RSVPed 'Maybe' for an upcoming Meetup won't have their RSVPs
suddenly dropped or anything. And Meetups where someone has already RSVPed
'Maybe' will still allow folks to RSVP 'Maybe' for the time being. Going
forward, allowing 'Maybe' will no longer be an option.
How will this
For most members and Organizers, this won't feel like
much of a change -- about two-thirds of Meetups have had the option to allow for
'Maybe' RSVPs turned off. Of the 4.2 million(!) RSVPs we looked at in the last
two months, only about 5% of all RSVPs were 'Maybe'.
For Organizers who
have previously allowed for 'Maybe' RSVPs, we apologize for any inconvenience!
We hope that simplifying the RSVP options will ultimately save you some time and
cut down on flakiness.
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