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Richmond New In Town Meetup Group Pages

Welcome to the Richmond New In Town Meetup Group. We're the group for everyone and everything here in Richmond. We have a ton of different members and a myriad of events to choose from every week. We hope you find just what you're looking for.

Please take a moment to go over our rules and guidelines because whether you read this or not, these are the rules that all members must abide by or else they may be removed and/or banned from our group.



1) Participation and “No Show” Policies

We are working hard to bring you a large amount of diverse events, but we can’t do this if you do not participate. We are an active group and we want our members to be active as well.

a) RSVPs

RNIT has a loose policy on RSVPs for most of our social events. In general, you may RSVP or drop out at the last minute as long as you change your RSVP online or contact the event host directly. The exceptions are RNIT Volunteer events, events that have a limited number of seats or tickets or events where we specify that we need a head count by a set date. Those events are always clearly marked.

b) No Shows

We reserve the right to mark anyone as “No Show” if they do not come to an event they RSVP’d for and failed to either change their RSVP or contact the host. Members will always be marked “No Show” if they RSVP for an event with a limited number of seats or tickets or any event where it is specified that an exact head count is mandatory and they fail to attend or change their RSVP after the cutoff time or within 2 hours of the event.

c) Event Restrictions

We reserve the right to remove any member from an event with limited seating/tickets if they have previously been marked as a “No Show” for another event with limited seating/tickets or whose record indicates that they habitually “No Show” to events.

d) Removal For Non-Participation

We reserve the right to remove any member who does not participate in the group or habitually “No Shows” for 3 or more months. Removal from the group for this reason does not result in a ban and members are free to rejoin at any time.

2) Meetup Group Rules

a) Contacting Other Members

Please do not Facebook friend, email, or otherwise contact a member of the group unless you have met them at one of the events and you have both agreed to contact one another. This is not match.com. Do not use our member listing as your own personal free dating site. We take this kind of behavior very seriously and ask all members to report any unwelcomed advance or unsolicited email they received.

b) Discussion Boards and Comments

When commenting on events, please make sure your comments are regarding the event. We reserve the right to delete any comment that is not related to the event. Please be polite and courteous when posting comments or threads in the discussion boards. Argumentative threads in the discussion boards will be closed or deleted. The general rules about discussion boards can be found here http://www.meetup.com...

c) Ideas & Solicitation

We encourage members to give us ideas. If you are a business owner or event promoter you are welcome to contact the organizers using the meetup “Contact” link to pitch us your venue or idea. We receive a myriad of ideas on a weekly basis and cannot guarantee that we will accept or even respond to all of them. Any member who solicits other members directly or attempts to promote via comments or discussion boards will be immediately removed and banned from the group.

d) General Meetup Guidelines

You are expected to follow all meetup guidelines. The Meetup terms of service (which you already agreed to when you joined Meetup) can be found here - http://www.meetup.com...

3) Events

When you’re at events, participate, get to know people, and have fun. If you’re a shy person, then your organizers will try to help you out by getting you acclimated to the group. That’s our job. Please be respectful during events when you talk with others. We recognize that everyone’s personality is different, but if someone asks you to stop doing something, then stop. We are aware that with a group of diverse people from different backgrounds, age ranges, and beliefs, disagreements and misunderstandings are bound to surface. However, we will not tolerate disrespectful behavior at events.

a) Zero Tolerance Behavior

In this group we have absolutely no tolerance for the following behavior:

- Fighting or any sort of physical altercation
- Sexual harassment of any member
- Destruction of others property
- Harassment in the form of continually trying to solicit or approach any person who has made it clear they are not interested in talking or interacting with you.

If any of these behaviors come to our attention, the event hosts / organizers reserve the right to ask the member to leave the event immediately and / or permanently ban the member from the group.

b) Self Moderation

Remember that you’re out in public and among a group of people who you want to make a positive lasting impression on. While we can’t control or curtail your behavior, just ask yourself, do you really want to be known as “the one who drank too much and danced on the bar” or “That person who always makes really crude jokes and belches in your face.”?

Some of our events will be in places that have alcohol, so we ask that you know your limit, know when to cut yourself off, know when it’s time to go home, know when it’s time to call a cab, know when to ask your organizer for help.

Never let any other member make you feel uncomfortable. When in doubt, talk to one of the organizers.

c) Event Hosts / Organizers

Please remember that hosts and organizers are volunteers. They do this on their own time, and a lot of times with our their money and using their time and resources to make these events happen. If they ask you to do (or not do) something while at one of our events, please politely comply.

Some Meetups will take place in the home of the person hosting or organizing the event. Respect other people’s homes, respect their property, respect when it’s time to “go home” after a long night.

Remember that the Organizer / Co-Organizers have the indisputable right to remove or ban any member for any reason without question or consultation. They always have the final word.

d) Limitation of Liability

You attend all meetup events at your own risk. As stated previously, you agreed to the terms of service when you became members of Meetup as a whole and as such, you agreed to the following in Meetup’s TOS.

"5.2 Release. Because we do not supervise or control the Meetup Gatherings or interactions among between users and other persons or companies, and because we are not involved in any way with physical transportation to or from these Meetup Gatherings or with the actions of any individuals at these Meetup Gatherings, and because we do not control Paypal, credit card companies or other payment processing companies, and because we cannot guarantee the true identity, age, nationality of Platform users, and because we have very limited control, if any, over the quality, safety, morality, legality, truthfulness or accuracy of various aspects of the Platform you agree that you bear all risk and you agree to release us (and our officers, directors, shareholders, agents, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, and third party partners) and Meetup Group Organizers from claims, demands, and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, now and in the future, arising out of or in any way connected with your use of the Platform, your Third Party Transactions, our resolution of any disputes among users, and/or your transportation to or from, attendance at, or the actions of you or other persons at, a Meetup Gathering."

4) Profiles

a) Truthfulness and Safety.

RNIT is about getting people together to explore the city and surrounding areas. With that said, your profile needs to accurately represent you, our members. Unauthorized business profiles, duplicate profiles, “fake profiles”, or profiles created purposely to deceive others are subject to immediate removal.

b) Profile Accuracy and Member Representation.

Please note that Meetup.com is a public site, the purpose of which is to promote interaction among users. Therefore, all profiles need to include a clear, unobstructed picture of your entire face. To be clear this means, no group shots (exceptions - you are the only adult with a bunch of kids/tourists/animals, etc, that are not facing the photo, you state in your profile which person you are in the photo, ex "I'm in the green shirt."), no scene-only shots, no pet only shots, and for the safety of those under 18 - no shots of just kids (yours or someone else's) and not you. If you have privacy or security concerns, or concerns about any type of potential harassment, contact an organizer so that we can address and navigate them. This is a safety and security issue, so that in the event of an emergency, we can identify you - and more practically, if you are trying to find us for a meetup, we can help find you in a crowd or on the street, and bring you to join the group.


c) Business Profiles and Business Owners/Representatives/Contractors/Agents.

We fully expect business owners and other entrepreneurs to enjoy what our group has to offer as individuals. Unauthorized businesses or other types of contractors, representatives or organizations that join as such will be removed until proper absorption into the group can be decided, if at all. We do have exceptions of organization profiles, but all have been pre-authorized for very specific purposes, so we encourage you to reach out to us and offer your ideas and thoughts so we can mutually decide what the best way to absorb you into the group will be.

d) Protection of Member Information and Images.

RNIT is a public site and meetup group. This means all information, this includes images, posted on RNIT is available for the public to view and download. RNIT will never distribute or sell lists of member information to any one or an entity for solicitation. Occasionally, we may extend carefully screened offers that have been presented by authorized businesses or other groups. This will be done via an announcement or as a picture on the left side of the main RNIT webpage.
Pictures are taken at various events either by the venue’s photographer, by event hosts, or by other members. If you do not wish to be photographed, please kindly ask the photographer not to photograph you, avoid group pictures, or ask that the image be erased or removed from the camera or site. (Please be specific as to which photograph that needs to be removed.) Currently Virginia has no laws preventing individuals from taking pictures in public places, so our legal ability to mitigate this is limited.

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About Richmond New In Town Meetup Group March 12, 2015 4:26 PM anonymous

Richmond, VA

Founded May 15, 2010

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