Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it free to attend a meetup? Also, is this group for experienced programmers only?

Yes, our meetups are free! Anyone can come to a meetup, regardless of programming experience. If you’re new, that’s not a big deal — everyone before you started off the same way (one way or another). Don’t feel worried if you don’t understand the topics presented, you can always talk to our volunteers and speakers after a meetup session to get help!

Cool concept, but I don’t live in LA or Orange County. Should I still follow this group?

Yes, most definitely! Even though we are based in Southern California, we have people from all over the world checking us out, especially on social media. In addition, we have dozens and dozens of free video content on our Youtube channel, so even if you are not from the area, you can still subscribe to our videos there.

In addition, we have books on Amazon, and followings on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Slack and Discord — whatever your favorite chat or social media platform, you can subscribe and get involved today — even if you live half a world away! Finally if you’d like to speak for us, but live further away – no problem! Consider speaking with us via livestream, Skype, Google Hangouts or if your schedule permits, come visit us here in sunny California!

Do you offer workshops? How about bootcamps and / or mentorship?

If we offer workshops or bootcamps, usually they are in affiliation with one of our speakers or sponsoring agencies, so yes there is some cost associated. Usually we leave pricing to our speakers/sponsors. We do receive a commission for any workshops, bootcamps, or any other material offered through the group, and usually those commissions go towards maintaining the group.

Hi, I’m new to your community. Can I post announcements to your Slack/Discord, forums, etc to promote my own business, someone else’s business, etc?

No. Please refrain from posting any announcements from other businesses and groups to our chat servers, forums, social media and any other platform that JavaScriptLA owns and operates. This includes any announcements about meetups, livestreams, events, books, videos, jobs, tutoring from other groups and/or businesses (essentially anything non-JavaScriptLA). You should first contact us via info@javascriptla.net to let us know about your promotion so that it can be approved by our admin team. Not doing so will get your post treated as spam and removed, and repeat offenders will be blocked and prevented from further interacting with our community.

Why do I need to email you to post something? That’s too much work!

If you aren’t able to take 2 minutes to draft an email to info@javascriptla.net to meet our team and explain your reason for wanting to post; then it basically tells us you aren’t interested in getting to know our company, and you’d rather just take shortcuts in life to promote yourself instead (we call this value leeching). We don’t like giving promotion to value leeches. We’d much rather meet you, have a conversation, find out about your business and figure out a way to work together that brings value to both sides. Be smart, and network with us appropriately before asking to promote something.

Bottom Line: We do ask that you first work with us to promote anything (even non-profit stuff) — basically ask our permission before you start marketing to our group. Not doing so will most likely get you removed from the group as we do not like unwarranted solicitation/spam. If you have questions, please email us first before doing any advertising. 

How about blog posts, news articles from the web, memes and/or videos from shared video sites like YouTube, Twitch?

This kind of activity is OKAY with our community. You may share blog posts, videos, etc so long as the post is NOT a link to spam, viruses, malware, warez, torrents, pornography, illegal gambling, drugs, terrorism, inflammatory speech, hate speech and / or any other probable offensive material in direct violation of our Code of Conduct.

You also agree that you will NOT sell members of our community products and services from links to make money (e.g. use of affiliate links, clickbait, squeeze pages, etc). If you wish to advertise, please first contact us via info@javascriptla.net. If our moderators find you in violation of our rules, you will be immediately banned from the community (and or reported to local authorities as necessary if your activities were illegal).

I receive emails from JavaScriptLA. Why do you need to email me?

We use email primarily to keep a line of communication with our members, especially those interested in upcoming meetups, events, training sessions, books, videos and potential job opportunities. Many of our members ask us to help them get better at programming and to help them find employment. Because of this, we ask them to join the email mailing list.

Can I opt out?

Yes. If you do not want to be emailed, you can opt-out of our mailing list at anytime. We aren’t even going to hold it against you (in this day of clutter, we understand how you might want less notifications in your inbox and on your cell phone) — so all that said you can still get your updates by following us on our social media platforms as well. However, email is usually our preferred way of reaching out, especially if we decide we aren’t going to be using a particular social media platform at a future date (maybe the platform is under scandal, or lost tremendous user base, etc). You can also always get updates by visiting this website and our Blog section.

Do you make money on emails? Why should I support your email efforts?

While we do make money through email marketing various promotions and offers from our group and sponsored partners, we will NEVER send you SPAM including hazardous links to offensive material. If you ever see something that looks like it came from JavaScriptLA or its partners, but seems a bit “fishy”, please do not open the links or attachments in the email. Always be careful when checking your email in general, and if it’s not something that was meant to be sent to you from us (you can cross-reference with this website), please DO NOT open it.

Finally if advertising bothers you, you can always opt-out as mentioned above, but please realize we use advertising to primarily fund our groups efforts and activities. Your support helps us continue to give you excellent meetups, events, training materials and more each month! Without your support, we could not have made it this far, so we thank you — even if you’ve never spent a dime with us 🙂

I see you take pictures and video of members at your meetups. Can I not be in a photo/video or can you please remove me from photo/video?

Sure. No problem. That said, we always let everyone know each meetup that they will be probably photographed or filmed before they RSVP. By actively RSVPing and participating in our events, members give us permission to photograph / film for marketing purposes. We will never DIRECTLY take a picture of you, quote you or film you without your permission, however if we are filming an event and you are in attendance as a participant, you may see yourself on film/photography. If you still want to be removed, let us know by email via info@javascriptla.net and we will find a way to help you out. Thank you for your understanding and support!