Meetup.com was testing a new pricing model, where the attendee pays a $2 fee. The backlash was predictable, especially those organizing free events. And they have since reverted on it and started damage control.
For the original announcement see:
- Should the tech community start looking elsewhere? If so, is there really a good alternative now?
- Is dev.to considering stepping in?
Note that this has to be viewed from different angles.
For example, for a small new meetup (<10 attendees), not organizing on meetup.com could kill it.
For established ones, alternatives are viable. But limits their network effects. So it's now a pros/cons based on cost.
What are your thoughts on it?