PLEASE DO NOT USE ELECTRONIC CHECK-INS AT OUR EVENTS
On July 14, 2010 Meetup introduced a new feature that enables Meetup members to “check in” for events using mobile devices. Unfortunately, this feature does not really fit our Meetup group, but we cannot disable it. Worse, this new feature might lead you to believe that you can use it to communicate with an organizer at an event. In most cases, however, you cannot.
Utilizing the “Check In” feature at Washington Jazz and Blues Meetup events is not a reliable way to communicate with the organizer, nor does it count as having attended an event.
For rather obvious reasons, the assistant organizers and I usually
access the Internet at the types of jazz and blues events we attend. Indeed, once everyone has arrived or been accounted for, I
both my cell phone and Blackberry, and encourage others to do the same, out of respect for the musicians and the audience. Moreover, Internet and/or wi-fi access may be spotty or unavailable at many venues. Therefore,
the only reliable way to reach organizers at Washington Jazz and Blues Meetup events is via the contact information we provide in our “final details” e-mails.
If you attend an event for which you have RSVPed "Yes," but fail to meet up with the group face-to-face, you will be counted as a no-show, regardless of whether or not you checked in electronically.
Please read our
Attendance and No-Shows policy
for more information.
If there ever
an instance in which an assistant organizer or I plan to check the site for “check ins,” we’ll let you know, but you should assume that the only way to reach us is via the contact information we provide before the event.