One of the principles of Stitch is that only Verified members can communicate online with other members, in order to helps keep the community safe from scammers. You can learn more about verification here.
One of the main ways members get verified is to come along to a Stitch event or activity and get verified by a Community Champion.
That of course means that we need to allow unverified Public members to come along to one or two activities, not only to learn about Stitch from existing members, but also in order to get verified.
For Public Members, Stitch enforces the following rules:
Public members can only attend ONE event before being required to complete their Stitch profile.
Some new members feel uncomfortable posting a profile picture on a website they've only just joined, and only relax when they realize how safe Stitch is after they attend their first Stitch event and meet other members.
Stitch lets them attend one event in order to let existing members introduce them to Stitch -- and even help them with their profile!
Public members need to make sure they get themselves verified at one of their first THREE Stitch events.
Community Champions can verify you in person at a Stitch event, or you can get verified online. Stitch gives you three opportunities to ask a Champion to verify you at an event, after which you can't attend events unless you are verified.
Please note that while you can come to three events as an unverified member, you CANNOT communicate with any other members online. That includes sending messages to other event attendees & group members. So get yourself verified as quickly as you can!
What if I am a Full member and don't want Public members coming to my activities?
That's totally fine, and is something many members in established communities decide, as they often find Public members are less likely to be reliable attendees at their events and activities.
When you create your activity, simply choose to make it a "Full Members Only" activity, and Public members won't be able to attend.