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.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:
web.archive.org/web/2019101503

This is why we desperately need federated replacements for sites like MeetUp. Check out the Events and Meetups category on our watchlist for some projects working on that:
git.feneas.org/feneas/fedivers

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There's an ongoing discussion about interoperation between the various federated events projects here:
socialhub.network/t/federated-

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@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.

@Strypey @𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭

“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. ”

There's always Zap...

@mike
> There's always Zap...

There's also , which I tested with Mastodon yesterday. Do you know if it works with Zap?

@lightone

@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!

@˗ˏˋ wakest ˎˊ˗ @Mike Macgirvin I believe in decentralisation and do not provide public instances. Period. Mega-sites and project sites are the enemy because they tend to become a lot like little Facebook/Twitters over time. I also run Zap on shared hosting just for myself - because I can.

Possibly if I tag @Waitman Gobble he might do something about the email on zap.dog.

@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...

@˗ˏˋ wakest ˎˊ˗ You and I have a completely different world view. I'm not selling software to anybody. I've been working with fediverse related technology a long time and open source for much longer.  My work (which has evolved dramatically during that time and also had numerous others contributors play a role) is available to anybody who wants it. It is not really a project and most certainly not a product. It's just a repository of code that is regularly updated and constantly evolving and has been for decades. You're free to use it or add to it or grab a snapshot and fork it and do something else or call it something else. If you don't want it, I don't care.

@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.

@˗ˏˋ wakest ˎˊ˗ @Mike Macgirvin

“I am just saying that having a demo instance (not for the general public) would be useful”

That's fine but I don't have one and can't really afford to set one up and don't actually want to as I'm too busy enough with the rest of my life to take on that additional workload. There are a couple of public sites but I don't run these and have no control over them.

That's the situation.

@mike totally understandable! how would you feel about somebody like feneas.org hosting one just for testing?

@˗ˏˋ wakest ˎˊ˗ Sure. If the Dill Pickle Club or the Order of the Solar Temple wants to run a test server I'm OK with that too.
@Strypey

“Do you know if it works with Zap?”

I'm pretty certain it does - Guppe operates a lot like Friendica in that regard. Where these both have issues is with private and moderated groups and particularly support for restricted channels and private media in groups. Guppe also doesn't have events, although it can probably mirror events from the system they originated - as long as they don't involve privacy.  

Last I looked Friendica event RSVPs weren't completely spec compatible, although this situation might have changed since I brought it up a couple weeks back.

There's also Hubzilla, but the groups there haven't yet been updated to match Zap. That will happen in due course. Right now they're limited to public groups just like Friendica and Guppe. FWIW, Hubzilla events go much further than even Zap because they're being integrated very tightly with iCal and CalDAV.

There are other projects out there working on all these things but I'm not intimately aware of their progress in these realms.
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