How To Be A Good Group Member
Hiking in Australia and New Zealand is a group for keen Aussie and New Zealander hikers and bushwalkers (and trampers) to gather, talk trips, talk tips, techniques, and gear, share photos and yarns, and to learn from each other.
The group hasn’t come to be Australia’s largest (over 35,000 members and counting!) and most active online hiking community by surprise. It’s come about through the participation of you, the members, and through the civil exchange of ideas.
To keep it civil, please abide by these rules:
- No advertising or spam—If someone asks about an ultralight backpack and you happen to make one—sure, drop a mention. But, don’t spam the place with a link to your sales page. Members (and admins) hate it and it’s probably going to leave a bad taste in their mouth. If you would like to discuss advertising in the group, I am open for discussion—drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- No name calling or being mean—99.9% of members are over 18, therefore are adults. Please act your age and talk to people as you would on the track.
- Careful with ‘controversial’ topics—If it’s likely to set people off, probably avoid posting it.
- Nothing illegal—Cool drone footage. Oh, it was shot in a national park where operating a drone without a permit is illegal? Not cool. Please delete your post or it will be deleted for you and you will be removed from the group.
- Be careful about sending unsolicited private messages—If you want to take something ‘offline’ ask the person publicly first, e.g. “can we continue this discussion via DM?” Anybody who is found to be DM’ing others and making them feel uncomfortable will be deleted and blocked without question.
- Mods/admins word is final—Occasionally we have to turn off comments on or delete a post due to things getting … off topic. Don’t create another post to question or argue this. If we have made a mistake, understand that wouldn’t have been our intention—we try and be fair in all our decisions but sometimes things slip through the cracks. Move on and talk hiking.
- Behave as you would on the track—be friendly, courteous, and have a good time.
Now, go back to the group and talk some hiking. 🙂