April 13, 2005
The only group I'm currently involved with is the Sydney Python meetup group and something tells me that we aren't big enough to shoulder the charges that are being talked about. Luckily us Pythoneers are a technically savvy bunch and I'm sure we can come up with alternative ways of providing the services that Meetup.com currently does. For instance, there is a Python-au mailing list and the currently rather quiet Sydney Python Interest Group.
I'd have to agree with "Reynolds" at Random Acts of Reality that this seems a dumb way for meetup.com to make some money. I don't begrudge them that as we've all got eat. But surely with something like Google's AdSense targeted at the specific interests of their groups they could make some tidy sums without charging their users a monthly stipend. Or maybe not. In the end it is their business and their choice.
Posted by Andy Todd at April 13, 2005 10:30 AM