Meetup.com can suck it sucks less than I thought

Due to meetup.com’s recent (and quite sudden) implementation of a fee for a service which was previously free (and really isn’t worth paying for, in my opinion), we decided to discontinue using them and use Upcoming.org instead to manage our monthly reader/author get-togethers. (Speaking of which, you’re coming to tonight’s gathering, right? Good, I thought so.) Anyway, this was all fine and dandy – I set up the Upcoming.org event, added tags for ongoing events, and then proceeded over to Meetup.com so I could delete the old group.

Except there isn’t any way to delete them.

See, what they’re doing is a sneaky bullshit underhanded way of trying to force people into paying. As support for my argument that they are total bastards, I present an excerpt of the e-mail I got from them:

There are only 3 days left before the deadline for paying your Meetup Group Fees. If you don’t subscribe by Sunday May 15th, we’ll have to remove you as Organizer.

* Click here to start your Group Fees subscription now

This message will be the final email before the May 15th deadline. Beginning May 16th, we’ll give others in the group a chance to step up and cover the required Group Fees to keep the group going.

So, in case you missed that: you can’t delete a group, but if you don’t pay the fee, they don’t remove the group – they just remove your ability to modify, update, or notify the group of any changes, and offer it up to someone else to take over. This is sneaky and underhanded because people who have groups that associated with something important to them, or something with a sensitive nature, etc., have the choice of a) paying up or b) potentially having their group taken over by someone who doesn’t have the group’s best interests at heart. For example, what if I had started a Meetup group for lesbian and bisexual women, and didn’t want to pay the fee? Who’s to say some creepy guy with $19 a month to spare doesn’t take it over and start e-mailing the group asking if he can watch? (I know that’s not the best example, but I’m trying to point out the potential for abuse that’s very, very real there.)

All I want to do is delete the group. Simple, no? Guess not. So for all of you who have registered on Meetup.com and joined the Los Angeles Metroblogging Meetup group, I recommend you remove yourself from the group before this Sunday. Unless, of course, you have $19/month to spare for glorified e-vites.

Update: Sean wielded the powers of brand ownership and now the Metroblogging meetup group URLs no longer exist. I changed the L.A. Meetup group to a generic name, so there won’t be any confusion if someone else takes over the group. That said, I still think they should allow people with existing groups that don’t want to pay to delete them.

4 Replies to “Meetup.com can suck it sucks less than I thought”

  1. Wasn’t our Meetup stuff labeled with the Metroblogging name? It seems seriously wrong that someone else could take over those groups.

  2. Kathleen-I tried to delete myself from the meetup group and could not. I tried everything and just gave up. Very irritating.

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