Code of Conduct - Nashville Hiking Meetup

Nashville Hiking Meetup Code of Conduct
Revised October 23, 2008

Nashville Hiking Meetup (NHM) is a hiking and eco-volunteer group, and as a community-building organization we realize that meeting new friends with like interests is one of the main reasons you've decided to join. However, respect for other people and respect for trails and the environment must never be taken lightly.

We've developed this Code of Conduct to address some of the behaviors that will not be tolerated at our events, with people you meet at our events, and on the Web sites associated with NHM (including but not limited to Meetup.com and Facebook).

NHM takes the well-being of our members very seriously. By using the NHM Web sites (whether or not you choose to become a member) and attending any events organized by NHM, you agree to accept this Code of Conduct. In other words, this is an agreement between you and NHM just like the Meetup Terms of Service (http://www.meetup.com...). To the extent there is any inconsistency between the Terms of Service and this Code of Conduct, the Terms of Service shall take precedence.

You agree that we may modify terms of this agreement from time to time at our sole discretion, which we will do by updating this document. If you do not agree with the terms below, you should stop using our site immediately.

Remember we're a community-building group, not a singles group, so we ask that members only contact people they've already met at an event or already know in real life. That includes e-mails, greetings on the Web site, and the like. Once you've made a mutual connection with someone at an event, take it from there! The exceptions to this would be communication from NHM trip leaders or member-to-member communication about logistics around an event.

At events, we ask that members respect each other and respect other people's boundaries. The same goes for emails and the message boards. Inappropriate, disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated! As moderators of the message boards, we can and will delete any posts that we deem inappropriate, disrespectful, offensive or damaging to the community at large. While the Web properties are "public", that doesn't mean they are a "free zone". Please let the organizer or trip leader know as soon as any member acts inappropriately in any way!

Please note in an important way that if you're paying for a trip, your contract is with either the trip leader or the outfitter providing the trip and not with Nashville Hiking Meetup. Please read the fine print!


At all times:

  • You will show courtesy and good will towards other members and users online and offline.
  • You will not post content that is offensive to our community, such as photos, videos, messages, or events that promote racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual.
  • You will not harass or advocate harassment of another person, such as by sending inappropriate messages or posting inappropriate comments.
  • You will not distribute or disseminate inappropriate, unauthorized or unsolicited advertising or promotional offers including, but not limited to, spam, contests, sweepstakes, barter, junk mail, chain letters, and pyramid schemes.
  • You will not invade privacy by attempting to collect, store, or publish private or personally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, password, account information, email, credit card number, address, or other contact information.
  • You will not use the site to obtain personally identifiable information, or to solicit, sell, or promote to any member inappropriately.
  • You will not impersonate another member, celebrity, or otherwise falsely represent yourself.
  • You will not copy or reuse other members' content, such as their photos or videos, without their permission.
  • You will not create "trolling" posts (deliberately posting false or provocative information in order to elicit responses from people who would not respond if they knew the motivation behind the post).
  • You risk being removed from the group by doing anything illegal.




Outdoor Event Safety and Conduct

Outdoor environments are fragile and special care needs to be taken to ensure that they are protected:

  • Do not do anything illegal or do anything against park/trail rules.
  • Stay on the marked trails at all times. Off-trail wilderness scars easily and can take years to recover.
  • Always listen to safety rules and event agendas provided by trip leaders.
  • Do not hike alone and generally stay with the group.
  • Please drive only on the roads provided; vehicles can damage vegetation.
  • Fire can cause devastating losses. Please don't throw cigarette butts down. The lighting of fires is strictly forbidden except in the designated areas at the parks or hiking areas.
  • Please do not litter. There is no one to clean up after you.
  • To protect our environment we would appreciate if a policy of "whatever you bring in - you take out" was followed.
  • It is illegal to pick any plant, or to disturb or kill any animal or to remove or disfigure any biological, archaeological or geological material.
  • Hikers taking deliberate and obvious short cuts when hiking could speed up erosion and damage wilderness. This is a punishable offense at many parks and you are asked to remain on the paths.



We will review and may act immediately upon any complaints from our members. We reserve the right to remove any member at any time, with or without warning. We reserve the right to investigate and take appropriate legal action, in our sole discretion, against anyone who violates these terms.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Hike posting template September 11, 2012 7:51 AM Kelly Stewart
Gear Checklist - Nashville Hiking Meetup May 3, 2010 3:05 PM Kelly Stewart
Hike Rating System August 19, 2013 1:43 PM Kelly Stewart
Code of Conduct - Nashville Hiking Meetup October 8, 2013 8:38 PM Kelly Stewart
Volunteer Weekend at Cumberland Trail - Stony Fork May 28, 2008 1:57 PM Kelly Stewart
First Aid Kit January 1, 2008 3:21 PM Kelly Stewart
10 Hiking Essentials April 13, 2013 7:14 AM Kelly Stewart
About Nashville Hiking Meetup September 25, 2012 6:20 AM Kelly Stewart

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