Proposal to update the Meetup Organiser Handbook

In light of recent news, I would like to suggest an update to the MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. Organiser Handbook.

At the moment the page on Meetup program basics has a small paragraph under the good faith rules about the GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. and how it relates to meetups and meetup organisers.

On the other hand, the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organiser handbook has an entire page dedicated to the requirements of being a WordCamp organiser, with a specific section on the GPL. The language on this page is also stronger and more clearly defines what we require from a WordCamp organiser, regarding the GPL.

As we don’t want to duplicate pages across handbooks, I’d like to propose that we update the Meetup program basics page so that the requirements for meetup organisers and the GPL is clearer and more explicit.

Additionally, we may want to also review the Meetup orientation script, to include these updated requirements, that a prospective organiser agrees to.

Comments and suggestions are welcome, I’ll leave comments open for 2 weeks.