why no meetup posts?
Can i just ask... why exactly aren't we allowed to post about meetups on the boards? Sure, its your board and you can outlaw posts about whatever you like, but its not anywhere in the FAQ or etiquette, and these are regional boards with mostly common posters over and over. its certainly much easier to organize (and successful) when doing so on the board....
i guess i'm just curious.. why the HUGE offense when someone does so?
The logistics of meetups are interesting to a very few people for a very short time. But they tend to be long involved discussions that prompt lots of threads and take up a lot of mental space on the boards as people choose restaurants and negotiate timeslots, RSVP and change their minds and so on. So, we ask people to work out the the details of meetups offline.
We do allow announcement type posts for events. If you want to see if anyone is interested in planning an event, feel free to post an email address and ask people to contact you. Once you've settled on a time and place, you can post another announcement with specifics, and again, ask for RSVPs offline.
You might want to take a look at this recent thread:
It seems that posts announcing, announcing only, chow get-togethers are permitted, with all follow-up done elsewhere. I don't know about you, but I personally don't want to see any regional board devolve in to a bunch of logistical threads. I'd rather read reports and opinions on chow, not a bunch of chit chat about how great it would be to meet up.
You might also want to spend a little time on the S.F. board. The locals on that board post "chowdown" announcements all the time, but they take all the logistical stuff offline. I believe they maintain a prescence on some list servers for this. The locals in L.A. have established their list also.
Take a look at this thread for more discussion about this: