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Frequently Asked Questions
"Why is there a 5 dollar fee?"
There are a few reasons why I charge for these events but the main one is
because of the work that I put into bringing these events together. I spend many hours
researching the topics, answering emails from members and maintaing the Meetup
website, and after receiving many positive reviews in our
Toronto group I
realize that what I do has value for people. However, I also believe in not charging more than $5 since I
want these events to be affordable to everyone. I also want to mention the
interesting phenomenon that
15-20% of people have cancelled at the last minute or have simply not showed up when events have
been free in the past. Consequently, there were spots left open and people in the
waiting list which in my opinion is a bad combination. In contrast, when I started charging $5 for
events, not only do 99% of the people show up, but there is much higher
percentage of people in attendance who actually not only show up for the events,
but who show up with intentions to
discuss practical philosophical issues. You wouldn't believe how many people
(guys mostly) who have come out to the free events who just wanted to pick up
girls. This caused some tension and for whatever reason this has
stopped once I started charging for these events. Bottom line: ever since I
started charging for events, everything has gone much smoother and the positive
reviews for the events have been just as strong.
"If you are not there, who will be in charge?"
I realize that it may be an odd thing to for someone to coordinate an event in
another city without them actually being there, but if I could clone myself I
would certainly do so. :) Actually, I realized a while ago in the Toronto group
that the format works really well by having the facilitators 'in charge' so to
speak of their individual tables. This is why these events can run without me.
So when you think about it, since there have been multiple tables in the Toronto
group since the beginning, I've only been in charge of one of several tables
which run on their own.
"Can we pay at the door (instead of online)?"
Unfortunately wouldn't work since we are using the Meetup website to keep track
of the people who have signed up for the events. Our reservations at our
events only allow for so many people as well, and we want to stick to the
formula of no more than 6 people at each table so each person has a chance to
speak. If you don't have a credit card, PayPal allows you to add money to a
PalPay account without a credit card.
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Remember, this is an ongoing experiement so please feel free to send me your