Hi George — thanks for your comment. Just FYI, probably the best place for discussion is this forum.]]>
“Jane Wells, who heads up Community for the WordPress Foundation, which runs WordPress.org, sent out an email today to let WordPress Meetup Organizers know of upcoming changes to how WordPress Meetups are handled.”
“First and foremost, all WordPress Meetups are intended to be *free.* Charging for WordPress Meetups to cover costs for snacks or nominal room rental fees must be done through an alternate method, if at all.
Running a WordPress Meetup as part of your business is frowned upon. Certainly, opportunities for WordPress work will arise simply through touting your expertise with WordPress, but making money off of a WordPress Meetup is frowned upon.”
With this in mind, I wonder how WordPress Foundation would feel about the Raleigh, NC WordPress Meetup group. – http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-WordPress-Meetup-Group/ – who charges for attendance, has a closed “by approval only” membership, is a Meetup.com group run as a strategy to drum up new client business for a web design company based in Durham and is not even based in Raleigh, but holds the vast majority of its meetings in Durham, about 10 to 15 miles away from Raleigh. This group has about 600+ members, many of whom I suspect are from Raleigh. I’ve never joined because Durham is an hour away roundtrip – and I’m in Raleigh . I gotta believe this practice generates a lot of ill will toward both Meetup.com and toward WordPress.]]>
It would have been really nice to have it all pre-packaged and ready.
Keep the great ideas comin’!]]>
Can’t wait for that alternative plans. WordCamp in Indonesia at the end of January, and I am looking forward to this chance. Love it! As a consideration, WordCamp for Wellington, Melbourne, and Jakarta will be held on January/February in early 2011.
Thanks Jane, will do.]]>