|Sent on:||Friday, September 7, 2012 11:58 AM|
My comments here are for the hikes led by me and do not reflect the views of any other organizers or the group as a whole. I am sending this because I think everyone should know in advance what to expect for an event that I am organizing.
In my opinion, meetup is a way to meet new friends to share common interest. A photo of a person makes it easier to remember the person you just hiked with and helps with recalling their name the next time you see them.
This is especially true for me as I lead hikes and try to get everyone's name down by the second or third hike. I think it makes newcomers feel more welcome when I can remember their name.
It also helps when we are meeting in a public place and I am trying to spot the people that are going on my event.
If I have organized an event and it is full, I will give preference to those with an actual photo. If you think I'm being uniquely unreasonable, the backpacking meetup has a rule that you cannot go on any event until you have posted a recognizable photo of yourself. The vast majority of the group members preferred that. I have probably already heard all of the reasons why people don't want to post a photo and none of them will alter my actions regarding participation in a full event.
For overnight camping trips, I will go with the backpacking group rule and simply not allow anyone without a photo. The upcoming trips to Chaco and Palizo will be excepted for those already signed up.
If you come on enough of my hikes that I get to know you and recognize your little icon and can put a face to it, then I'm fine with that.