For people looking for an alternative to Facebook events that isn't spammy like evite and the like, I recommend checking out

It requires no login, basically you provide an email address, you get a unique editing URL, you make a nice looking event form, and people can RSVP there. Your event and all related info is deleted from their DB 2 weeks after the event is over.

Privacy tip: all URLs are public (there's no password protection or anything) so for an event where you might not want to put your home address up there, you can send out your address along with the link via whatever private communication channel you have. So I emailed my RSVP link to invitees and included my home address in the email.

Sorry I meant your data is deleted ONE week after the event is over, even better.

@darius I wish it wasn't giving up every time I tried to upload a photo tho

@hope Huh, what browser are you on? It has yet to fail for me...


@darius not working in FF or chrome. the image is only 4.5 megs so I wouldn't expect it to break badly enough to send me to a bad gateway page when I save changes


@hope ah. is it 920x300 or less like it asks for? I'm only attempting photos of about 500kb


@hope hmm though I just uploaded a 20 MB photo and it worked.... weird!!


@darius hmm. Cutting this one down just worked too. ugh. haha. Also my flowers are all artifacty now. ugh.


@hope Yeah. I mean this is one guy maintaining and running this on a tiny server so I understand why he needs to mega-compress all images as much as possible.


@darius I wish I could host it!

Also I just realized you can't RSVP with a number - everyone has to individually mark themselves as going or just comment which seems like an easy fix maybe I'll suggest.


@hope Yeah there is definitely room for easy improvements like that!


@darius It is odd though that you could upload a 20mb file and I just tried with a 2mb one and got the same bad gateway :eyethink:


@hope Yeah I'm wondering what the deal is there....


@darius wait just checking did you actually hit save and see the image on the event page? cause it does let me drop an image in the box but when saving is when it blows up


@hope Yeah I did create a page successfully, I actually dropped in a giant uncompressed GIF and it turned it into a small PNG


@hope okay I tried a 1900x16000 10 MB image and got the bad gateway!


@darius no. Pretty bad user experience if a user has to size down their phones photos manually and bad UI to say recommended if it has hard limits


@hope I just confirmed that I can upload gigantic images as well, though. I'm not sure why you're getting a bad gateway, that's really strange

@darius its a bit weird that it says "respect your pricavy" but at the same time all event are public. But I get the intent :p

@ragekit Privacy is a word with too many meanings to be useful


Anyone have a link to a FAQ for this? Curious about privacy policy, etc.

@RussSharek It's simply run by an individual as a service to people. There is no formal privacy policy that I'm aware of, use at your own risk, etc. You can email Raphael with questions at

@darius thanks for sharing. I really like the look of this. It'd be cooler if it was open source so people could self host, but still cool anyway

@darius It's really cool! I've been looking for something like this.

@darius 502 Bad Gateway on the main page for me, will try later.

@polychrome Looks like it just went down! It is possible that my post about it caused that...

@darius Hi all! Super chuffed you've found gathio useful. I've just thrown the code on GitHub after spending a moment getting over how terrible it is, which I think is what stopped me from doing that in the first place?? Please enjoy and PR and the like, I'll be here, also sorry for the 500 error I accidentally briefly made it so everyone's events would be deleted in an hour and had to... make that not happen

@lowercasename @darius thank you so much for this! Will try out hosting it! 🌸✨

@lowercasename @darius you could disrupt Meetup with this. Meetup is expensive and mostly garbage, frankly.

Something to think about.

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