Tightening up the Tenth June 25, 2009 2:53 PM   Subscribe

The 10th parties are less than a month away, and there have been a few common questions since we launched the 10th site on May 5th. Since the actual parties are getting close, we thought we'd nail down a few things as well. In short, I'll cover deadlines for nominations and scheduling as well as payments.

We've got to curtail the mish-mash of planned and unplanned meetups as well as lay out our ideas for payments to party planners well before the events actually take place. So here it is:

1) If you have 3-10 people attending, have your meetup and then take a photo of the final bar tab and upload it to flickr with the tag mefi10tab (your other photos should have mefi10 on them). I'll paypal $50 to the party organizer we have on file a few days after the parties are over.

2) If you have 10+ people, do the same and a few days later I'll paypal $100 to the organizer.

3) On July 1st, we'll no longer accept new city nominations to go into planning. We're closing in on two months of planning so far and at some point we need to close it before the parties are starting.

4) On July 7th, we'll cut the parties listed as still in planning stages, keeping just the scheduled ones.

Cutting down on the number of cities still in planning makes the whole lining up of paypal a lot easier. We aimed for at least 3 people because it didn't make much sense to help fund a meetup with just a member and their spouse. We'll reimburse after the parties and I'm looking forward to seeing what the total global bar spending tab is for the whole event. If you have any further questions, drop them in here.
posted by mathowie to MetaFilter Gatherings at 2:53 PM (29 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

(and yeah, we know of three organizers that don't have paypal, and we'll figure out some other way to pay them but paypal is easiest).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:55 PM on June 25, 2009


Wow. I live with two other mefites. We could post a meetup, go across the street to The Bench Warmer, get hammered BEFORE driving to LA? On MATT? PLAN!

jk mefites don't let mefites drive drunk.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:02 PM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


10+ people

They should be mefites right and not 10 random strangers/hobos/family/coworkers, yes?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:08 PM on June 25, 2009


Yeah, we're basing the numbers off the numbers found on the meetup pages themselves, so ten real members have to be going.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:24 PM on June 25, 2009


BB, you could always buy mefi accounts for some hobos in advance of the meetup.

(But I think it's only fair to warn your hobos that it will all end in matrimony.)
posted by the latin mouse at 3:28 PM on June 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Paypal and I are not on speaking terms these days (long and not-very-interesting story), so add me to your list of organizers to whom you'll just have to send gold ingots in an unmarked envelope.
posted by scody at 4:00 PM on June 25, 2009


Hmm… Can we get $100 for booze for the meet-up at the park?

I'll bring a backpack full of Pucker and wine coolers—it'll be just like high school!
posted by klangklangston at 4:38 PM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


Truly now my sock puppet army begins to earn dividends.
posted by iamabot at 4:46 PM on June 25, 2009 [7 favorites]


Can we get $100 for booze for the meet-up at the park?

Receipt, photographic proof, and a proper meetup set up on the Ten site, no cash in advance. If you can manage all that, you can drink wherever you like, probably.
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:56 PM on June 25, 2009


Heh. Well, booze isn't technically allowed in the park, and we're having another meetup that same night at an actual bar, so the thought was more facetious than anything. But if you're serious about reimbursing us for food and drink, I'll put in at least a little legwork toward getting the LA parks meetup folks a keg of root beer or some other pop (I've had keg root beer a couple times and I'd kinda like the challenge of finding it again, though I doubt we'd get fresh Sprechers out here) and maybe a few bags of Doritos or something.
posted by klangklangston at 5:06 PM on June 25, 2009


Well, the idea is basically "mefi helps cover your bar tab", not "mefi gives you money if you can find a way to spend it". I was being probably too-literal and treating your question as not facetious, so we should probably just call this one a wash.
posted by cortex (staff) at 5:09 PM on June 25, 2009


Yeah, so back to the picnic potluck plan, presumably.
posted by klangklangston at 5:17 PM on June 25, 2009


We aimed for at least 3 people because it didn't make much sense to help fund a meetup with just a member and their spouse.

But what if you have more than one?
posted by iamkimiam at 5:43 PM on June 25, 2009 [3 favorites]


Well, the idea is basically "mefi helps cover your bar tab", not "mefi gives you money if you can find a way to spend it".

Fucking unreal. You'll help the alcholics, but won't lift a finger for the coke addicts. Junkie hatin' SOBs!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:53 PM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


4) On July 7th, we'll cut the parties listed as still in planning stages, keeping just the scheduled ones. all wish headnsouth a happy birthday.

Aw...thanks, guys. =)
posted by headnsouth at 5:55 PM on June 25, 2009 [4 favorites]


I am flying all the way to fucking Brazil, to meet a MeFite I don't know, and NOW you tell me you aren't going to pay for our tab?

You shall be recieving my reciept, Mr. Haughey, and I strongly suggest you pay it. If the lawyers get involved, airfares and damages will enter into the picture.
posted by Meatbomb at 6:02 PM on June 25, 2009


We'll reimburse after the parties and I'm looking forward to seeing what the total global bar spending tab is for the whole event.
posted by mathowie


I'm kinda unsure how you'll get this number. Aside from a photo of each tab you're covering, won't people be buying their own drinks and either paying for them at the time, or simply running their own tabs?
posted by gman at 7:19 PM on June 25, 2009


won't people be buying their own drinks and either paying for them at the time, or simply running their own tabs?

Speak for yourself.

Now that I'm being paid by Matt, I'm keeping all my bar receipts to claim back on tax as work-related expenses.
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:23 PM on June 25, 2009


Dude, you're alive!
posted by gman at 7:26 PM on June 25, 2009


Yeah, tell me about it - over on the front page hundreds of people are snarking away at my supposed "death"!
posted by UbuRoivas at 7:44 PM on June 25, 2009


I'm hosting NYC's private party, so I suppose forwarding a receipt for some of our pre-purchased booze will have to do? Thanks for putting this together, mathowie.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:50 PM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I'm kinda unsure how you'll get this number. Aside from a photo of each tab you're covering, won't people be buying their own drinks and either paying for them at the time, or simply running their own tabs?

This. At current count, MeFiMeeTupBosTen has 53 people coming. Putting everyone on the same tab would be impressive, but a recipe for disaster. Even discounting the possibility that someone would skip on their portion of the tab, it'd just be a nightmare to collect from people and count the money.

Even buying a round for everyone would get expensive* unless we do it sneakily before the party has more than 20ish people.

Is it OK if I order 8 or 10 items off the appetizer menu and tell people to enjoy the MatHowie Mozzarella Sticks and Jessamyn Spinach Dip?**

*Downsides to living in the city include: Lack of $2 beers to facilitate cool shit like buying a round for everyone in the house.

**I was gonna buy some Cortex Fries and share either way.

posted by explosion at 3:49 AM on June 26, 2009


explosion: "Even buying a round for everyone would get expensive* unless we do it sneakily before the party has more than 20ish people. ... Is it OK if I order 8 or 10 items off the appetizer menu and tell people to enjoy the MatHowie Mozzarella Sticks and Jessamyn Spinach Dip?"

I think this is a good plan. Have everyone pay for their own drinks in general, but once there's some reasonable sort of quorum, get a hundo worth of platters. (Or if food is somehow off-limits, pitchers), put it on your own tab for later reimbursement.

(Beer Works might go crazy with fifty separate tabs, though. Hm.)
posted by Plutor at 7:33 AM on June 26, 2009


For the San Diego meet-up at Stone, I figured people would buy their own drinks and/or tickets for the beer fest, and I'd use MeFi money to buy bunches of snacks that are otherwise kind of pricey. In the interest of having more impressive documentation of booze consumed, though, I'll make everyone draw pictures of all their drinks and money spent on them.

j/k... maybe
posted by booknerd at 12:45 PM on June 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ok, so the total tab thing is a wash. I was kind of hoping I could get a real number (maybe an estimate from the organizer afterwards will suffice).

It'd come in handy if in the future we want to rent out a bar and throw a big MeFi shindig, I can be all "OH YEAH, WELL WHEN WE SHOW UP, WE MAY SPEND UP TO $23,984.23 IN A SINGLE NIGHT!" and actually know what I'm talking about.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:19 PM on June 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Any organizer who has an entire bar, can ask for the total-total.
posted by gman at 3:13 PM on June 26, 2009


As well, I don't know how the math would work out, but have you considered $x per confirmed attendee? Yeah, it would make some places like Toronto expensive i.e. at $4, 50 people = $200, but meet-ups with only 3 or 4 people would cost you next to nothing. That way you'd basically be grabbing a drink for everyone, and you wouldn't be responsible for small meetup attendees getting too belligerent.
posted by gman at 3:22 PM on June 26, 2009


Look, just gimme some cash, I'll hook ya up. Whatcha need? PBR? Mike's Sugary Shit? Samuel Adams pretentiously unpretentious American pisswater? Uppers? Downers?

Just make a list with what you want and I'll talk to this guy. No donuts though, I don't deal with hard stuff.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:23 PM on June 26, 2009


AV - you and your housemates can get hammered for $16.66 each? I like the sound of this Bench Warmer place...
posted by russm at 9:40 PM on June 28, 2009


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