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For some years we’ve been paying for a ‘Meetup Pro’ which could be used by Ubuntu LoCo Teams. The goal was to assist with LoCo teams who wish to create recurring events on the MeetUp platform by taking on the cost of the subscription.
If each team subscribed to Meetup Pro, that would typically be $9.99 -> $39.99 per month (depending on membership) per team. We’re paying >$3000/year for a Pro account.
Currently only Ubuntu California LoCo, Communauté Ubuntu francophone and Comunidade Ubuntu Portugal are using the service. With 5 other LoCo’s having used it at least 18 months ago, or more.
The vision when we set this up back in November 2015 was that numerous LoCo teams would create events all around the world to promote and advocate Ubuntu, meet up with friends, have hack-fests and so on. If that had happened, it would have been a cost-effective, way to provide a platform on which Ubuntu enthusiasts could reach a wider audience nearby.
I suspect some people didn’t know the Ubuntu Meetup Pro existed, or don’t use Meetup, or just don’t need it. Either way, I don’t anticipate the numbers of Ubuntu Meetup Pro users to jump to the point where it’s cost-effective anymore. So I propose Canonical stops paying for this service, as it’s not cost-effective.
I appreciate for those that use it, this is an inconvenience. I would recommend looking for an alternative source of income to fund the individual pro account if needed. Perhaps they could use the Community Donations fund. Although we clearly don’t want to get into a situation where 20 LoCo teams suddenly all need pro accounts and are costing more than the one central account we had up until now :).
Alternatively, maybe it’s worth looking at alternatives such as Get Together by the marvellous Michael Hall. Does anyone have any other suggestions for those migrating from Meetup?