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Meetup's Community Guidelines

Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014 04:01PM EDT

Meetup is a social platform for people to organize or facilitate local groups that meet in person to share passions, interests, identities and activities

All groups must fulfill the two basic requirements: 

Local Community
Meetup is for local, real life, face-to-face community building and group interactions

Meetup Groups and their activities must focus on face-to-face, in-person interactions that build connections among people in the group. 

Groups must clearly facilitate community building and group connections. 

Respect & Honesty
Meetup supports Groups that are trustworthy, honest, and respectful of their members and the community at large

Group descriptions should present a Groups’ intentions, requirements, affiliations and expectations openly, clearly, truthfully and accurately.

Meetup does not allow any Group that includes misleading, false, potentially harmful or dubious claims.

Group policies and guidelines for specific types of Groups:

One Time Events & Limited Engagements
Groups focused around a one time event or infrequent (i.e. annual) events are welcome on Meetup, provided they are fostering local community.

Specific Venues
Meetup supports Groups directly affiliated with a venue if the venue helps facilitate the specific shared activity or passion of the group. The focus of any group still needs to be on building local community and connections around a genuine shared interest, passion, activity or identity.

Groups should not focus on the promotion of the venue, its deals nor its amenities. 

Products / Brands
Groups may be directly associated with a specific product or brand as long as the product or brand is directly part of or relevant to the shared passions, interests, purpose or activities of the group.

Groups with the sole purpose of selling products or goods, or that are not clearly building a community are not supported.

Age Requirements
Meetup members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age, so Groups are for adults.

Organizer Requirements
At least one of the Organizers of a Group must be locally based and committed to building and facilitating the engagement for a local, in person community.

Meetup supports Groups that are trustworthy, honest, and respectful of their members and the community at large. We don’t support:

Spam & Solicitation
Meetup is not for Groups purposed for sending spam or broadcasts, solicitation (e.g. services, sex) or job recruiting.

Professional Services
Meetup is not a platform for Groups where the activities or interests center around professional services that are promoted and provided by a proclaimed licensed professional in the following fields: medical, psychological, legal, financial.  

Meetup does not allow Groups offering promises of health or mental cures, financial gain or money schemes. 

Harm & Intimidation
Meetup is not for Groups that are related to glorifying or promoting unsolicited, predatory, manipulative or non-consensual activities that serve to intimidate or violate personal boundaries. 

Meetup is not for Groups that promote, encourage or actively facilitate harmful, threatening or violent behavior towards others or oneself. 

Hate & Violence
Meetup is not for Groups that glorify, promote or incite hate or violence against individuals or groups.
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