Meetup Index

Part 1 - Decide how to do our meetup. Several little ones, or one big one?
Part 2 - Where?
Part 3 - When, and how long?
Part 4 - Activities
Part 5 - Hosting Arrangements
Part 6 - Travel Arrangements

Google map for pinning your location.

Part 2 Summary

Ok, so it's been a couple months since Part 2, and since most of us are on the central to eastern side of the continent, we got three locations in North America, and one in England.


  • Toronto and Philadelphia are tied with the most upvotes.
  • Boston comes in close behind, and is a viable alternative to those of you living further south.
  • London was suggested for those of you who reside in Europe.


  • @AshleyNunn volunteered to help plan for Toronto
  • For the other locations, we still need volunteers. Having someone nearby who knows how to get around, and better yet, can go talk to hotels about group discounts or such, would be good.

Other notes

  • Locations are not locked in. You can still make suggestions. Just be aware of the stipulations made in Part 2.
  • We have some members who are on the west coast, and no locations have been suggested.
  • If you haven't pinned yourself on the map yet, feel free! It's no longer critical, but can still help figure out whens and wheres.

Part 3

Now. Bookkeeping is out of the way. It's time to decide what dates works best for us. We also have to decide how long we want to stay there. Personally, if I'm flying anywhere, going for a single day doesn't make any sense. I'd recommend we go for at least a weekend.

If we're timing location and dates to coincide with an event such as PAX East, make a note of it, as if others want to go to things like that, there will be additional costs involved.

We also need to decide if we're synchronizing these meetups worldwide, or if each location will have their own dates. Each one has it's advantages (together in spirit!), and disadvantages (PAX? We're not going to that!). Personally, I'd recommend we give each location it's own time, and those that are going to that location can decide if that time works for them.

A few side notes:

  • Personally, almost any time, even in winter, would work for me. But I suspect most of you would find Canada sort of cold during our winter months. Something to keep in mind.
  • I'd recommending banning the days around Christmas altogether. That's family time, people! Spending it with people you met online is sad and depressing.
  • That sort of puts New Years out, but perhaps that might be viable.

Instructions for suggesting a date

  1. When suggesting a time frame, make sure you include the length of the meetup. This will affect activity planning greatly.
  2. Don't forget to include whether this suggestion is global (ie. synchronized meetups), or only for your location.
  3. If it's a suggestion for only a single location, include the location.
  4. Add in any extra details that might be relevant.
  5. Try to lead it out by a couple months, at least. It will take some time to arrange everything for us responsible adults. Plus, I have to dump the framework for later parts. Less lead time = less chance I can get pull it all together.

Instructions for voters

  • Upvote if you can make it.
  • Leave a comment (or upvote someone else's comment) if it's your preferred date range. (Especially if we get multiple time frames for the same location)
  • Downvote a suggestion if you can't make it. This includes synchronized date ranges.


Remember, this whole thing is to get all of us into the same location(s) so we can put faces to these crazy internet handles of ours. This is going to be pretty fluid, so no guarantees on when Part 4 goes live. The date ranges selected will dictate how much time we have to figure things out.

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    Nothing before the end of this year. My vacation calendar for that time is already set in stone. Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 14:51
  • If we do it during July 8-14 this next summer (northern hemisphere), I'd probably be able to get to the Toronto one.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 14:53
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    You... You do realize that Boston is not in any way, shape, or form further south than Philadelphia, right? Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 16:30
  • And I suck at Googling. I was sure that Boston was further south. Derp.
    – Frank
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 16:36
  • Sometimes it sucks to live in the Southern Hemisphere :(. Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 20:36
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    I'm strongly against the xmas ban comment "that spending it with people you met online being sad and depressing". I'm actually rather insulted. If I want to meet people its because I have reason to socialize with them. No, that doesn't make them family, but if anyone feels meeting me at ANY given time is sad and depressing because i'm not good enough for them, then thats someone I don't want to meet in the first place.
    – Ender
    Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 11:44
  • Dang, It's unlikely I can afford to go to London.
    – shanodin
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 22:04
  • Sometimes I wish I didn't live in the Southern Hemisphere. Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 9:00

3 Answers 3


Philadelphia Meetup

If anyone is interested in a Philadelphia meetup, I can help out to scout out locations, as I'm located in the suburbs near Philadelphia.


  • For those in the neighboring states such as NY, NJ, DE, or MD, I would recommend the buses (Greyhound [drops off near Chinatown], Bolt [drops off outside of 30th street Station, Philadelphia's closest equivalent to NYC's Grand Central Station]) over Amtrak (very pricey). From NJ you can take NJ Transit in, but their high speed rail line.

  • For those flying in Philadelphia's SEPTA transportation system offers regional rail transportation to and from Philadelphia International Airport.

For places of interest:

  • University Pinball located near UPenn's campus in West Philadelphia

  • Barcade located in NE Philly, near Fishtown. It's within walking distance of The Girard St. Subway Station

  • North Bowl located in Northern Liberties, north of Spring Garden St.

  • (New!) Boardwalk Bar A new outdoor/indoor arcade bar in Northern Liberties that just open in September.

Some places to eat, relax, and have fun:

  • National Mechanics This place is one of my personal favorites. They hold regular events monthly and quizzo on Wednesdays.

  • Nodding Head Good food and great beer (some they brew themselves!).

  • The Standard Tap This is the place to sample local brews and great food. It is said that it was them that started the gastropub movement in Philadelphia back in 1994.

  • Monk's Belgian Cafe Come in for some good mussels of their special duck salad sandwich, or perhaps sit down and sample from their great selection of brews (perhaps the largest in the city?).

Meeting places:

Depending on how large the crowd is, some good places to meet are:

  • 30th Street Station, convenient access to SEPTA transportion (subways, rail lines, and buses) and AMTRAK trains.

  • Suburban Station, located near the center of the city, quick access to the Avenue of the Arts, if you in enjoy music and theater and a variety of great restaurants.

  • Market East Station, located neat the Greyhound/Peter Pan bus terminal, convenient to the subways, and it's very close to Philadelphia's Chinatown, and it's famous Reading Terminal Market. It's access is also available to the PA Convention Center.

  • Washington Square, it's a great outside location to gather and hangout.

There's also many other touristy spots to visit while in the city. If anyone is interested, I'll add a guide to the various spots in and around the city (including the location of ALL the Philly Phanatic statues).

On cheese steaks

Personally, I think Pat's and Geno's are very overrated. Their steaks are not particularly good compared to the better places, especially the quality of the meat. It's more of a cultural experience than anything else.

You can try:

All of the above will provide a superior steak expereince.

  • I hear that John's Roast Pork on Snyder Ave has some quality steaks as well, but I haven't been there personally.

On ramen

Believe it or not, Philadelphia as some pretty decent ramen places.

* I like these places.

Date of meetup:

  • A Saturday would work best, giving people some time to recover and head back Sunday.

  • Perhaps a Friday evening or Saturday morning icebreaker for those that can make it.

  • As for the day and month, I'm open to suggestions.


If you are looking to go sight-seeing around Philadelphia, I can give you suggestions and tips on how to get there, what to do, and what you want to steer clear of.

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    @LessPop_MoreFizz BARQADE
    – fredley
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 8:25
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    how can you go to philly and not recommend an authentic cheese steak at pat's or genos? I'll have one with please.
    – l I
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 14:14
  • @yx. I feel that Pat's and Geno's is less about the sandwich and more about the experience. If you're interested in having a quality cheese steak, I've updated my answer with some of the places to get truly great steaks.
    – Krazer
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 15:54
  • Is anyone else in the DC area? I'd be up for carpooling to the meetup if anyone else is around (and I'm free when the meetup occurs). Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 0:20
  • I like Pats, just sayin'...
    – Shinrai
    Commented Oct 29, 2012 at 20:09

Toronto Meetup

I am pretty flexible on date range, but I know that I at least can't really make anything before the new year due to classes and exams and the like.

I figure a Saturday day/evening deal would work best - people can arrive Friday/early Saturday, we can meet, still gives people Sunday for travel home, that sort of deal.

As for what to do - what are people interested in? Just chilling in like a pub or something? (I can see about renting a bigger room somewhere similar to what we do locally for Nerd Nite meetups).

Once I get an idea of date and what people feel up for, then the joyous plotting can begin!

  • How early are you wanting to do this? The second week of July, I'll be about 6 hours away from Toronto.
    – SaintWacko
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 18:40
  • I'm thinking about March/April at the earliest, but I am pretty flexible - taking a bus to Toronto is pretty easy peasy for me.
    – user11502
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 18:44
  • I'm game to drop by (and probably bring some stickers along or something). Most meetups I've seen/been to usually reserve a pub. Another option is to tie it to a convention or an otherwise related event. My initial thought is "a room at a pub" if we're talking earlier in the year, though.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 19:25
  • Yeah, that was my thinking too. :)
    – user11502
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 19:41
  • A bit late, but I won't be able to attend a meet-up until sometime in late May, early June.
    – Wipqozn Mod
    Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 23:37

London Meetup

I'm (@fredley) happy to volunteer here, though help would be appreciated.

Thoughts about how to go about this:

  • Meet on a Saturday afternoon/evening. Those travelling into the country can then choose to spend the weekend here, or nearby.

  • How about meeting up in Summer? How's July/August looking for people?

  • Meet somewhere reasonably central. I'll try and research places that won't break the bank.

  • Are people happy to just go to a pub, or do we want to do something more elaborate? London has many fine pubs, and many fine other things to do. Any suggestions listed here would be welcome.

Need to find a new date if this is going to happen.

  • I definitely can't make Jan 26th as it's way too close for comfort to my next exam session, but read my Jan 19th no as an "IfNeedsBe". Airline tickets for Dec 1st start at €~170 already so if we do choose that we need to kind of hurry.
    – badp
    Commented Oct 16, 2012 at 17:03
  • I'm leaving Nov. 26th to begin my US trip so I can't make Dec. 1st. I fly back on Jan. 19th/20th, so that would be a definite no go for me, and I can't commit to the 26th because, frankly, the trip's going to be really expensive (Christmas season and all that) and I'll just be coming off of spending a ton of money and likely still be jetlagged at that point. x_X
    – FAE
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 15:05
  • We can try scheduling much later in Spring if this is too soon?
    – fredley
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 17:07
  • I want to bump this so we can maybe plan something for this summer?
    – Blem
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 11:08
  • @Blem Yes, I want this to happen
    – fredley
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 11:24
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    August - especially early August - looks brilliant to me.
    – badp
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 11:36
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    @bapd I concur, early August looks pretty awesome
    – fredley
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 15:58

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