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Meetup Ideas have now been reinstated as "Meetups in the Making"

A former member
G'Day y'all

Recently we've had some issues with posts on the Sydney Expat American Meetup Group website.
http://www.meetup.com...­

Our group has over 700 members and growing. To allow flexibility and low-maintenance for our group, the Organizers have opted not to require approval before joining. With a large member base and easy access, we've become a target for spammers and scammers. We review the membership and posts regularly, removing any members who do not seem genuinely interested in our group, and any posts that are inappropriate or abusive. We want you to feel comfortable and safe attending our events, so we spend a good bit of time doing this.

We try to plan Meetups where you meet people, exchange contact information and find things to do outside the group. We are happy for you to share things on the Meetup Group site that you might want to do.  The Meetup site allows you to contact each other directly so that you may organize things outside the group.

However, the Organizers have a policy that we do not support activities that allow members to profit. Until November, when we decided to seek www.USAfoods.com.au as our sponsor, we personally paid the $150 annual fee for the site. We are volunteers and we do not charge for membership to the group. For this reason, we've eliminated the Ideas section of the website, which make it easy for profiteers to steer you to their events without approval of the Organizers. If you have ideas for Meetups, please contact the Organizers directly.

We want to continue to bring you quality events that can be attended by large numbers of people FOR FREE. To avoid requiring members to pay a fee, we ask that you abide by the following ground rules, which are listed in the welcome email when you join.

1) You agree that you are aged 18+. Many of our Meetups are in venues that serve alcohol.  The Organizers assume no responsibility for your safe consumption of alcohol.
2) The Meetup members are not vetted by the Organizers. We are not responsible for any privacy or security of information you divulge as a member of this Meetup group. The Organizers may remove any posts listing contact information of members without the Organizers permission.
3) You agree to respect all members of the Meetup group. The Organizers have the right to remove any member or post which we deem abusive or inappropriate.  This includes solicitation of sales, posting inappropriate topics, harassing our members, spam, or things we think are creepy!
4) Please remember this group is organized by VOLUNTEERS. We have real jobs too!

Thank you for your consideration.

Jules, Rohit and Keith
Erich L.
user 7783909
Sydney, AU
Post #: 6
Hey Jules,

As long as there isn't a ton of crap being posted, I'd actually like to see some of those ideas/events, even if it benefits someone else. That last Master Chef post was much appreciated.

One benefit of such posts for us expats here is that we may not be as plugged in as locals to various events around town.

Anyway, something to consider...

Great game/picnic on Sunday! See you next time..

Erich

G'Day y'all

Recently we've had some issues with posts on the Sydney Expat American Meetup Group website.
http://www.meetup.com...­

Our group has over 700 members and growing. To allow flexibility and low-maintenance for our group, the Organizers have opted not to require approval before joining. With a large member base and easy access, we've become a target for spammers and scammers. We review the membership and posts regularly, removing any members who do not seem genuinely interested in our group, and any posts that are inappropriate or abusive. We want you to feel comfortable and safe attending our events, so we spend a good bit of time doing this.

We try to plan Meetups where you meet people, exchange contact information and find things to do outside the group. We are happy for you to share things on the Meetup Group site that you might want to do.  The Meetup site allows you to contact each other directly so that you may organize things outside the group.

However, the Organizers have a policy that we do not support activities that allow members to profit. Until November, when we decided to seek www.USAfoods.com.au as our sponsor, we personally paid the $150 annual fee for the site. We are volunteers and we do not charge for membership to the group. For this reason, we've eliminated the Ideas section of the website, which make it easy for profiteers to steer you to their events without approval of the Organizers. If you have ideas for Meetups, please contact the Organizers directly.

We want to continue to bring you quality events that can be attended by large numbers of people FOR FREE. To avoid requiring members to pay a fee, we ask that you abide by the following ground rules, which are listed in the welcome email when you join.

1) You agree that you are aged 18+. Many of our Meetups are in venues that serve alcohol.  The Organizers assume no responsibility for your safe consumption of alcohol.
2) The Meetup members are not vetted by the Organizers. We are not responsible for any privacy or security of information you divulge as a member of this Meetup group. The Organizers may remove any posts listing contact information of members without the Organizers permission.
3) You agree to respect all members of the Meetup group. The Organizers have the right to remove any member or post which we deem abusive or inappropriate.  This includes solicitation of sales, posting inappropriate topics, harassing our members, spam, or things we think are creepy!
4) Please remember this group is organized by VOLUNTEERS. We have real jobs too!

Thank you for your consideration.

Jules, Rohit and Keith

Benjamin
BenGuapo
Group Organizer
Sydney, AU
Post #: 3
As the new organizer, I've reinstated "ideas", but I think meetup is now calling them "meetups in the making". Any member can start one and then if there's enough interest and an official date, etc, the organizers can then approve it as an official meetup.

I'm not sure exactly how it works, but give it a try if you've got an idea for a meetup.
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