#MeetUp.com recently announced on their blog that they want to start charging users $2 for every meetup they attend. This provoked so much outrage they took down the blog post, but here's a copy from the WaybackMachine:
This is why we desperately need federated replacements for sites like MeetUp. Check out the Events and Meetups category on our #ActivityPub watchlist for some projects working on that:
@strypey Ah, scrolled several posts and see that you are/were a MeetUp user as well :) Yes, it would be nice to have alternatives. Then again, if any Fedi network had groups (forums, channels, you name it) - with functionality like in Facebook/VK, a network specifically "for events" would not be needed.
@lightone I do have an account on MeetUp but haven't used it for years. Replacing it isn't just a case of having a groups feature, although that's a start. You also need an events calendar feature, ideally with the ability to comment and RSVP.
@mike I have not been able to sign up on any Zap instances yet. zap.dog just rejects my email address and refreshes the page with no warning message. Maybe set up an instance for people specifically to test compatibility on? I know I would like to do a series of tests!
@mike @wago I am not even talking about a "public" instance. I am talking about a "demo instance" so people who are working on fediverse software can test it out and understand its functionality. If you require everyone to have to have the skills to install their own instance just to see if they are even interested in using it in the first place you are not gonna get too many folks outside of geekdom using it...
@mike Mike! I want to use your software! You are putting all this work into it I would love to use it and have it solve many of the same problems you are trying to work on for myself and other people I care about. I am just saying that having a demo instance (not for the general public) would be useful so other software can test against yours for the good of the whole network working together.
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