How to Attend a wikiHow Meetup
Taking place at least once a year, wikiHow meetups are organized events intended for active wikiHowians to meet, get to know one another, and have a fun time. If you're looking to attend one, here is a guide that might help!
Preparation and Planning
Look for an announcement in the .When there's a new meetup in the works, Anna will make a formal announcement with relevant information like the dates, location, etc.
Decide if you want to attend.Keep in mind a few logistical items:
- The costs of going. While active contributors may be eligible for financial subsidies to help offset their travel costs, it can be expensive for anyone traveling a long distance.
- Where the meetup will be held. Typically, meetups take place in North America and Europe, where some of the largest concentrations of wikiHow contributors are based. Also depending on the continent and time of year, meetups can be held in either large, metropolitan cities (Montreal, Canada and Washington, D.C. have hosted in the past) or small, quaint towns (like Mount Dora, Florida and Bolinas, California).
- The dates it will be held on. Meetups generally take place around late April or the beginning of May, but there are some meetups that have also been held in the winter and summer.
Announce your intent to go.You can do this by replying to the thread on the forums announcing the meetup, or you can email Anna at .
Email Anna to see if you qualify for the wikiHow travel subsidy.Do this especially if your trip requires travel by flight. If you're an active contributor, you might be offered a travel subsidy which will help defray the cost of attending the meetup.
Find out the details of the meetup.Know where the meetup will take place, and what will be happening on each day. Keep in mind that not all of the details may be finalized at the time when the meetup is first announced, and the staff might not know what will be happening on a certain date at that point. Spontaneity in group decisions sometimes makes the most memorable activities of the meetup.
Plan your trip.If you live far away, you may have to book a plane ride to get to the meetup. Plan your budget with this in mind. Be sure to pack clothing and other materials that you'll need with you a few days before the trip.
At the Meetup
Arrive on the day of the meetup.On the day that the meetup starts, travel to the location where the meetup is taking place. If you don't know how to get there, get directions before going. Keep in mind that you don't have to attend all functions on all of the days that the meetup is being held, so if you want to go just one day or even just for dinner, that's fine.
Introduce yourself to the others and chat with them.wikiHow meetups are very relaxed, so if you're not super social and need some alone time, you are definitely welcome to go and relax in your bedroom for some time.
- Feel free to "roam" a bit and strike up conversations with different people. The wikiHowians are all unique, and many are happy to talk to you even if they haven't interacted with you on the site.
Remember that wikiHow people are very friendly and quite relaxed.You don't need to act any differently around the wikiHowians than you would with other people. Enjoy yourself, do some wikiHowing, and don't forget to take selfies with the other wikiHowians!
- If you're game, you can also do face swap selfies. They turn out rather interesting.
Have fun!Remember, you're there to have fun and meet fellow wikiHowians, so just enjoy yourself and you will make a good impression.
QuestionShould I bring a computer?Top AnswererYou probably should, as most wikiHowians end up doing a bit of editing or patrolling at the meetup during quiet moments. However, if you can't or don't want to, that's fine, too - you can always socialize with others or spend time in your room instead.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is done and discussed at meetups?Top AnswererUsually, there are a few discussions about the happenings on the site (such as Jack's State of the Wiki talk or new site features), and there are group activities such as playing games or seeing tourist attractions in the area - or even just hanging out and talking. Regardless of what's going on, you're free to join or do something else on your own.Thanks!
QuestionHow do they choose where the meetup will be?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe location of the meetups is usually discussed by wikiHowians until they make a consensus on where they think the meetup should be. Some factors that go into finding a good location involve quick transport from airport to hotel, a hotel with a nice and quirky personality, and a location that's pleasant and has fun activities.Thanks!
- Don't worry if you're not the most social person. Just have fun and hang out with people. If you need alone time, feel free to go to your room and chill there for a while.
- If you're a young wikiHowian under 18, you'll want to get your parents' permission before going, and bring them with you. They might be concerned about you going to see people you've never met in-person, especially if this is your first meetup.
- It's okay if you have some concerns about going to an Internet meetup, especially if you're going to one for the first time. Just ask Anna or another user who's been to a wikiHow meetup about the experience; they can clear up your concerns and reassure you that a meetup is a good time.
- If you have a family and the meetup takes place somewhere you've never been to, this is a great opportunity to make it a vacation for the whole family. You don't have to take them to the meetup, but for example, if you're going to a meetup in Florida, you can take the rest of the family to Walt Disney World while you're at the meetup.
- If the meetup is at a place you've never been to before, it would be a good idea to find out some information about the place you're going to beforehand, such as the risks of traveling there and the weather conditions. wikiHow has plenty of great articles about going to places, so you're sure to find an article that's useful for you.
- Make sure that the trip fits within your budget. While you may qualify for the wikiHow subsidy, there may be parts of the trip you'll have to pay for yourself.
- Prepare for traffic. If there's a lot of traffic, it will take longer than you expect to get to the place where the meetup will be.
- Treat everyone at the meetup with respect. Remember, you want to leave a good impression with everyone and make yours and their trip memorable.
- Keep track of any threads about the meetup that are posted on the forums. They may have updated information about what will be going on at the meetup.
- Double check before leaving any place to ensure you have all your belongings with you.
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