After a thorough review of some group tools and settings, Meetup has decided to remove them for now.
Retiring these features was not a decision we took lightly. We evaluated how often our most technically obsolete features are used and weighed that against the resources necessary to maintain them. And in the years since we developed them, third-party tools have become available to help organizers perform these tasks more efficiently than we currently can. Ultimately, removing these features allows us to innovate and modernize Meetup for our organizers.
If you have feedback about which features were most important to you or how you use them, please share your comments here. Your feedback may be incorporated into an upcoming organizer experience project.
In the meantime, we've recommended some alternate solutions below.
Some organizers used banners or backgrounds to customize their group, or even to advertise upcoming events. To create a unified visual experience for desktop and mobile users, banners and backgrounds are no longer supported.
We suggest using cover photos to personalize the appearance of your group.
Meetup now saves locations for hosting events directly in the event scheduler.
Rather than maintaining your group's venues on a separate page, we use a Google integration to identify and manage these locations. Click Schedule on your group homepage, then type the name or address into the Add venue field.
You can even adjust your group's privacy settings, so that only members can see where your events are being hosted. Learn more about group privacy settings.
This feature could elicit feedback from members about event ideas, availability, or safety concerns. As of August 31, Meetup will no longer support integrated polls on the website or app.
Some organizers uploaded guidelines, consent forms, maps, or even audio files to share with their groups. As of August 31, Meetup will no longer support uploaded files or host previously uploaded files.
Please save any files that you want to keep to your computer. We will not be able to retrieve them for you.
To upload photos, click Add photos on your group or event homepage.
For other file types, we recommend using a free file-sharing platform. Dropbox and Google Drive offer quick ways to manage permissions and ownership of uploaded files. You can then share the link with your members via your group's Discussions or by email.
Some organizers were specially allowed access to this old, unsupported feature for reviewing group and member activity. As of August 31, this feature will no longer be accessible for any users.