The problem with Meetup, et al. is that information is often lost over time. With data across 5 platforms it makes it difficult to find. Plus, Meetup is not always the best location for all discussions.
I completely understand and support the wider mission statement; and why fix something that works? But I'm of the impression that local forums could create a centralised point for this fragmented information and inhibit new members to share within smaller communities.
I'd love to hear what other think on this subject. Are these forums actively promoted at Meetups?