Why Am I Marked as a No Show
To determine if you have any No Shows look at "My Profile". At the very bottom of your profile page you'll see a link to "View RSVP Details".
In that list look to see if you are marked "No Show". If you are a "no show" and the event occurred in the preceding eight months you may be barred from attending any event where there is an attendance limit - regardless whether or not you are a Supporter.
The No-show status is determined by the host/leadership for the event. All events that have limited attendance are monitored for no-shows unless stated otherwise in the event description.
Frequently Asked Questions
- I am marked as a no-show but I was DEFINITELY there, what do I do?
A: Did you check in with the host on time? If so it may be a mistake, you have up to 1 month to petition your host to remove your no-show status. By the way, having a real name on your profile with at least a last initial AND a photo of you may help a lot. If your name is "Doug" but your user id is "Doughboy" and your photo is of a duck don't be surprised if your host(s) marks "Doughboy" as absent. By the way, if you posted a photo taken at the event it would go a long way toward showing that you were indeed there!
- Can I be marked as a no show for any other reason?
A: Yes. If you brought guests you didn't include in your RSVP or attended an event you didn't have a Yes RSVP for, we will mark you as a no show. If you arrived late or didn't check in with the host you may also be marked a no-show. And if you changed your RSVP to NO after the stated deadline (usually 2 or 3 days before the event).
- I am marked as a no-show but it was unavoidable, can I get an excused absence?
A: Prior to or immediately after an event send a note to the host explaining the reason for your absence. The determination whether the absence was excusable is at discretion of the host. "I had to work late" is generally not an acceptable answer, nor is "traffic was heavier than I thought". These are forseeable things. You wouldn't be happy if your host didn't show up would you?
- The Host won't change my status - what can I do?
A: If you haven't disputed the issue directly with the host, nothing (see above). If the host has declined to drop your no-show mark let the leadership team know and the leadership team will make a final decision. If you are still unhappy with the leadership team decision you are encouraged to find a group that is more tolerant of no-show people than we are.
- Can I become a supporter to remove the stigma of being a no show?
A: If you've contributed nothing to the group other than being a no show you're missing the point of the group entirely, so yes, we MAY consider removing a no-show from your record if you become a serious supporter.
- Isn't this no-show business unfair? Things do happen beyond my control!
A: For every "no-show" an equally unfair thing occurred: someone who wanted to attend and would have been punctual was prevented from attending by the wasted "no show" spot. The point of tracking no shows is to be fair to all members and supporters.
- Can other people know I have been a no show? What about other groups?
A: Only the leadership team and you can see your RSVP status in this group. Other groups and group leaders cannot see your attendance in this group (Organizers have been strongly lobbying Meetup to share no-show status across groups because some people are just plain "flakey"). Members of this group *might* be able to determine that you have been a no-show.
- Will I be dropped from a future event for my no-show?
A: Yes. If you are not a host, and there is no payment required for the future event you will be marked "no". Usually the "no" marking is done once - at the time of the lottery. There are TWO reasons for this: A. so that people with no-shows are moved to the back of the waiting list, B. to reinforce our no show policies.
- Will I get an email warning me that I was a no show?
A: Generally not. There is no easy way to send notice to people who were no-shows - meetup has no automation for that. The Leadership team also feels that it is not worth the effort to extend a courtesy that was not extended to the host of the event (i.e. a timely notification).
- Can I RSVP for events even though I am a no show?
A: Yes. However read the rules above. You may be automatically changed to a no, skipped in the lottery, etc. If you are changed to a no at the time of the lottery you can rejoin the waiting list and if all people on the waiting list before you drop out, you may get a spot.