I don't agree with that, I want to hear someones voice and have a small conversation and then ask to meet. Everyone can find 30 minutes for someone they think they are interested in.
Set up an initial meeting within a couple of weeks. If you exchange messages for longer, expectations get built up and normally one of you is disappointed with the reality.
Ask for her number, call her (don't text her) and ask her out in that phone conversation.
Some people will tell you to not give out your number and set up the meet online, giving your number afterwards.
So take that into consideration I don't understand the concept of meet- and -greet, does the whole online screening really require another screening in real life?
Maybe it's just me but when I go out with someone, I date.
So, I'd say, by the 3rd email, you should get their stance on meeting, and if they're draggin the meet out for longer than a month, cut your losses.Unless they specifically want it to be a " hangout" I definitely won't take my time to dress up and impress you.Honestly coffee dates are not fun at all, you might as well just go for dessert at a bakery.Depending on what you've arranged for the date, you might be stuck with them for a couple of hours or more.The concept of the meet and greet is to eliminate all of that.