What makes a Meetup? A look at our Community Guidelines
Meetup is pursuing a big goal: a Meetup Everywhere, about Most Everything. “Everything” is, admittedly, a broad pursuit, so we’d like to take a moment to share what exactly “Most Everything” means to our Meetup community.
The variety of Meetups on the platform surprises and delights us day in and day out. Meetup members, it seems, are passionate about everything under the sun. At Meetup HQ, we approach those passions agnostically. Whatever you’re into socially, politically, religiously, whatever you want to Meetup about—chances are we’re cool with it. The few exceptions to the rule, and the precedents we expect all Meetups to adhere to, are outlined in our Community Guidelines. Our Community Guidelines are a set of principles that outline the kind of Meetups allowed on the platform. They help us make sure that every group is aligned with Meetup’s mission to build local community, and ensure that the Meetup community stays as friendly, welcoming, and respectful as we want it to be. The guidelines are pretty straightforward, but here are the headlines below.
First up, every Meetup must fulfill two basic requirements:
- Meetup is for local, real life, face-to-face community building and group interactions.
- Meetup supports groups that are trustworthy, honest, and respectful of their members and the community at large.
The guidelines also summarize the behaviors we explicitly don’t support on the Meetup platform. No surprises here, but these include: spam and solicitation, professional services that require credentials, harm and intimidation, and hate and violence. We do not support groups focused on activities that leverage personal insecurities and fears for business purposes and groups that are purposed to promote hateful points of view or practices.
At Meetup HQ, we personally review each Meetup to make sure it’s in line with our Community Guidelines. We want to make sure each Meetup is set up to succeed, and our guidelines help us ensure that we can offer every group the support it needs to thrive.
We also count on the Meetup community at large to help us enforce the guidelines, and make sure the platform stays as friendly, safe, and inviting as we all want it to be. There are several ways for Meetup members to report content on the platform: by shooting us an email here, writing in to firstname.lastname@example.org, or flagging one of the ‘Report’ buttons on the site. Our Trust & Safety Team investigates every report we receive, and works hard to make sure anything in violation of our guidelines is removed.
The Meetup community is a special one, and we’re building it together—our team at Meetup HQ, alongside Meetup members and organizers. As we continue to grow, we want to make sure Meetup members feel safe and empowered to help us protect our local communities, and have their voices heard. That’s why we encourage all members to raise a flag if anything not-so-awesome pops up. We’re here to listen, and to keep you safe so you can continue doing awesome things with your Meetups.