For the entirety of its lifetime the website was run by volunteers and provided for free. As such, we completely relied on donations to cover all hosting costs.
Over the past few years site activity as well as new membership had declined sharply, in part also due to the aging technical infrastructure and evolving expectations on usability.
This in turn affected donations, and the shutdown is simply due to our running out of funds. We decided to not ask for further donations but to gracefully wind down the website instead.
For now we will live on Facebook. If we ever come back as a website, it will be with a more robust technical foundation and a more modern user interface.
Unfortunately we have never had sufficient budget for major technical improvements, amounting to a rewrite of the site. We are aiming to start a volunteer effort behind the scenes, but the outcome is unclear.
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Even long before the decision to shut down MEETin.org, several groups and pages had been created on Facebook by MEETin.org administrators as well as local city leads. Several cities had been more active in their respective Facebook group than on the MEETin.org website.
Our pointing to Facebook is merely honoring that fact and it is not an endorsement of Facebook itself. We do, however, think that it is a suitable platform for existing members to stay in touch and plan activities. Most people are already on Facebook, and we want to avoid people having to find and join yet another platform.
There is no plan to switch platforms – unless of course MEETin.org itself comes back!
Sure, please go ahead and contact us.