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Re: [Debian-NYC] Thoughts on Eventbrite.

On 02/18/2011 01:59 PM, Brian Gupta wrote:
> I understand that some people are opposed to RSVP lists for privacy
> reasons, but the reality is we live in a post 2001 New York and many
> groups meet in buildings that have rigid security policies, that
> require a list of names for the front desk security.

And speaking of encouraging the surveillance mentality...

I'd like to also voice a preference for meeting in places that don't
require this kind of security theater [0].

I wasn't aware of any need for a formal RSVP at Eyebeam when we were
there (though i suppose it's possible that someone RSVP'ed on my behalf
at some point).  Amazingly, none of us were killed in a terrorist
attack, either.

Props to Eyebeam -- can we use their space again?  Would that obviate
the "need" for eventbrite or meetup?

> At the end of the day my email is asking for alternative to
> Eventbrite, not defending it.

Isn't e-mail an alternative?  Don't we send out reminders on this
mailing list?

If this list isn't published someplace in an RSS-ish form, maybe someone
could do that, and than anyone who doesn't like SMTP can point their
favorite feed reader at it to get the alerts instead of just subscribing
to the list.

> Some people view the whole concept an invasion of privacy


> while others are opposed to commercialism of the sites themselves, 


> yet others feel that large companies can't be trusted. 


Do these arguments need any explanation?



[0] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Security_theater

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