The reason is simple. Anyone can write anything about you online, typically without consequence. A jealous competitor can anonymously write a critical blog post or fill out a damning RipoffReport. An angry client can write a horrible review for your business without recourse.
Without any positive content out there to defend against digital attacks, you have no chance of keeping your online rep clean. While you’re hiding behind privacy settings and unidentifiable usernames, your real name suffers. Anything negative goes undefended, immediately rising to the top of your search results for the whole world to see.
So what can you do?
Pay for own meal and drinks.
Non-members are welcome to attend one time!