ARCers, I wish to encourage all registered riders to supply their photo image as part of their profile on this site. Currently we have 120 approved riders 80 of whom have their photo image in their profile. A further 35 have no image and 5 have an image that is not their photo.
This is not a mandatory requirement however, I think there are a couple of good reasons for all ARCers to include their photo.
Primarily I believe the photo helps new riders to be recognised and quickly welcomed into the family. It is also helpful for the new rider to put faces to names they may hear over coffee. Our ARC mission statement talks of being “inclusive and helpful” so, I think the profile photo is another small way to be welcoming and helpful to new riders.
Secondly, Shaun has put in a huge effort to create this very professional platform that enables the ARC family to easily and securely share ride plans, riding tips, experiences etc. I think it is not unreasonable to expect that we play our part in completing the professional look of the site by everyone including an up-to-date photo image on our profile.
Not all who are registered on the site are active users or watchers and so may not see this blog post. Therefore, I will (over next week or so) individually prompt all those who are missing a profile photo.
Happy to get your feedback … supportive or not?