Meta: Meetup Section of the Site

by Spencer_Sleep 8y12th Apr 201110 comments


Recently there has been an explosion in the number of posts about meetups. I think this is a great thing, as it seems to me like one of the best uses of this site would be to facilitate the formation of rationality groups.  The problem with this is that they're starting to take over the main page, to the extent that currently upon going to the main page they are all one sees without scrolling down.

To solve this (perhaps trivial) problem, and more importantly to make the posts themselves more effective, I propose the creation of a section of this site devoted to the creation of and discussion about meetups/meetup groups.  I realize the wiki catalogue of groups exists, but I have 2 problems with it. First of all, it is fairly out of the way.  Fewer people use the wiki than the main site, and not everyone who uses the wiki reads all the links on the right side. I know I don't.  I only found the meetup page because I am one of the organizers of the Toronto group, and I did a Google search of lesswrong looking for posts about meetups. Secondly, the wiki format (compared to the blog post format) is far less conducive to discussion, and gives no priority to newer posts, something we would want for a meetup section to make it easier to start a group.  It also gives no way for people to indicate if they are going to be attending a meeting, something that is useful if the venue requires a reservation.

As an organizer, I want to posting on the main page about each meetup, so that we keep getting new members. That being said, I don't want to clog up the main part of the site with posts that only apply to 10 people, most of whom already know everything the post is going to say.  The only compromise I can think of is a section of the site devoted to meetups.  I am by no means a website designer, so I don't know if this is the best solution or if there is something simpler and more efficient I am overlooking. 

This post is aimed mainly at the moderators, as they are the ones who would have to implement anything we come up with, but input from everyone is appreciated.  Let me know if you think this is the best idea since sliced bread, or if (far more likely) you think it's highly unnecessary.