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With the level of personal details given by SO users...is there a way to query them (by say location) and ping/invite the resultant people for nerd-dinner like event?

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Seems like anyone involved enough in SO to be interested in a meetup probably already reads meta, so you might just need to post here. –  Zoredache Aug 11 '10 at 7:57

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Yes, you could do this.

There is already a data dump query to find users by location with a minimum reputation (and here is the version without the minimum reputation parameter).

You'd have to comment-ping everyone to invite them.

Hey, I didn't say it would be easy. :)

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Wow, I never knew we had people that lived in central kentucky, thought it was too... country. –  TheLQ Aug 11 '10 at 10:48
@Lord and I assume the same with Oklahoma? –  Earlz Aug 13 '10 at 22:51
...I just found out I'm the top SO user in my state. The person right underneath me is "j0rd4n" which strangely enough is my first name. I don't even know what to think. –  Earlz Aug 13 '10 at 22:54
Phew... I actually used this technique for the StackO 2012 Aberdeen Meetup! Thanks @Jon! –  bPratik Apr 27 '12 at 3:01

I don't know about announce, but it might be appropriate to create a room on chat.meta.stackoverflow.com to discuss logistics etc.

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April 6, 2011 will be World-Wide Stack Overflow MeetUp Day per this blog post. Organization of specific events is being left up to individual users.

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