Why don’t you attend your local LessWrong meetup? /​ General meetup feedback

It’s fairly common for a LessWrong meetup group to get people attending for a week or two, and then never showing up again. Most of the time, there may not be a very interesting reason for that. But if someone did have a bad experience at a meetup, this would be valuable information that they’d be unlikely to volunteer to the organizers.

Thus, I’ve created a form to collect meetup feedback. The primary purpose is: if you have a local LessWrong meetup that you don’t currently attend, we’d like to know why. However, any other feedback is also appreciated: good feedback, bad-but-not-dealbreaking feedback, and feedback from people who do currently attend. “Currently” is left up to your own interpretation.

Please fill in the form now. It should only take a couple of minutes. There are three short-answer questions and three longer ones, but all questions are optional. Better to give a quick response now than to indefinitely postpone writing a longer one.

I intend to publish the responses, both raw and with some appropriate-seeming amount of aggregation. But I’m going to strip out the “where is your meetup” field from the public data. This is so that you can give feedback to a group without worrying about embarrassing them publicly. I’ll tell the organizers which responses applied to them, so that the feedback still reaches the right place. If you identify the meetup in a long-form response, I won’t strip that out. I’ll also strip out the “anonymous identifier” field, naturally.

If you do currently attend a meetup, but want to give feedback anyway, please do also fill in the form.

If you think your answer seems boring, don’t let that stop you: for example, we’d like to know relative numbers of “came once, had a bad time” versus “came once, but it’s usually not convenient”, and we can’t do that if the second group don’t reply.

Once again: please fill in the form now! If you comment that you have done so, I will reward you with an upvote.