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I'm kinda irked that nobody gives credit to calagator.org/ for having been an open source alternative to Meetup for more than a decade already

@tomasino The flagship instance is just Portland but it's intended for other places to put up their own instances.

@jamey well that is indeed very cool. looks like someone else already had the idea to set one up for Reykjavik -- startupiceland.com/2013/10/15/

@jamey @tomasino There's also https://radar.squat.net/en which is global and FOSS. Federation is/will be a game changer though.

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Are there any other instances? I expect being the second instance is much more effort than being the tenth instance. Number two is where you find out the issues

@jamey πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ If someone pointed me to that, I would not have been able to tell you that it was a meetup alternative. It looks like a calendar for events in Portland.

Clicking around a bit, I still don't think it's a meetup alternative.

@Kihashi I'm not going to argue with you, because whether it's a legitimate replacement depends on what you believe the defining traits of Meetup are. All I want to say is that it's been a great force for community here.

@jamey Legit. It probably depends on what your group is doing as to what you consider a meetup "MVP". I was thinking of how my own group uses it, but of course, we are one among thousands.

@jamey one core feature for me is RSVPs so I know how many attendees to expect, and membership lists so I can promote related events directly to people I know are interested.

One feature Facebook does well is that the event is a page. So pictures and further resources can be shared in one place.

@jamey I think we should aspire to not only replace Meetup but also Eventbrite

@zxv Calagator certainly doesn't do any of those things, which are reasonable things to want; but, as I said elsewhere in this thread, toot.cat/@jamey/10296795229440

@jamey let me apologise and say I think Calagator is great. I just wanted to articulate what I found valuable about Meetup.

Full Disclosure: I ran a meetup group with other 2000 members and meetups that routinely had over 300 people.

I have a fairly grasp of what parts of meetup worked well for me vs what wasn't as essential. And I'm not being an armchair quarterback here. I will contribute open-source code to any alternative that sees my desired features as in-scope.

@zxv I don't need an apology but thank you for offering one 😁

I'm not claiming people should use Calagator instead of one of the new projects that are popping up. It's just really important to me that people acknowledge related work, especially long-standing projects. I'd like to see the new projects acknowledge each other, too.

@jamey if you would be able to add it there I think that will bring a lot more attention to the project

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