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See ALL request for a given location

Instead guest send request to host, I wish I could post a request for , for instance Bellagio and just wait reply.

As a host, I am always willing to welcome cyclist, particularly those from far way, so I can type, "Geneva" and see all cyclist requesting host in Geneva.

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Hosts seem to want a personal request

Hosts seem to prefer a personal request, rather than a generic area request, at least that's what I think I've heard.

Couchsurfing has exactly what you're talking about, and when we've used it as traveler we've clicked the "notify everybody", but have never ever gotten a response that way. (Although the response rate we've gotten on CS is pretty low anyway.) And as hosts we never respond to CS area requests, only to the ones that are directly to us. I'm not sure Nancy and I are representative, but we might be.

The other problem is that this would make a *lot* of emails for hosts in densely populated areas, and we definitely don't want hosts starting to ignore their messages.

We're definitely open in this area, but what I've heard so far from hosts and experienced on CS makes me skeptical.

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WS Member WS Member's picture
It doesn't necessarily have

It doesn't necessarily have to entail more emails - the way it works on CS is the guest makes a public request with a message and a range of dates and hosts can search through those requests and offer their couches, no messages are sent to hosts. BeWelcome has a more imprecise version of this called 'Trips' where travellers post their travel plans and approximate dates which can certainly be used by hosts who perhaps don't receive many requests to keep an eye out for potential guests passing through.

There has been a lot of debate on BW about pushing this more towards the CS model of official public requests - personally I'm not really swayed one way or the other. Certainly what became evident on CS after it was implemented was a type of CouchStalking (previously one could see which guests had received 3 or more offers - in my city and many others they were almost without exception all attractive young females) which I think led to more members who were not exactly imbued with the 'CS spirit' signing up and played some part in the continued deterioration of the site.

Personally I can't think of a scenario where I would use such a system as a guest, I'm more interested in the type of person my host is rather than finding any place to crash, if I can't find a host that interests me then I just don't use hospex. For hosts (and guests) in large cities it may be useful though I'd rather see those hours of coding invested in getting the search function up to scratch so that guests can find responsive members with a history of hosting without having to randomly click through dozens of profiles.

WS Member WS Member's picture
I would like to see this

I would like to see this feature implemented as well, Randy.

Why? Because even what you´re saying about CS is true, we obviously don´t feel the same amount of affinity with every person that "knocks at the door", however, some people are so nice, and/or are involved in such fantastic trips, that you´d almost PAY for them to be your guests and be able to talk to them for a while.

As such, if one of those individuals is coming to my city - individual who may or may not contact me, since there´s plenty of other theoretical hosts in my city - I´d like to be notified about it, thus having the opportunity to express MY own interest in them being my guests.

Win-win situation, the way I see it.


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Multiple hosts with one message

I wish I could send one message to multiple hosts. All replies would be Reply All so the contacted hosts can easily see if plans have already been made.

Unregistered anon_user's picture
Somewhat confusing...

If I understand your proposition correctly, you'd like to send exactly the same meassage to all hosts in any given area & for all to know they've received the same message from you, then for all to know if someone has responded positively & you've found somewhere to stay, is that correct? Apart from probably being very complicated to set up, blanket mailing many different people could be considered by some members as spamming, even if it's obviously not malicious & for a valid reason; as far as I'm aware there's currently nothing to stop any member sending the same message to different recipients one at a time, but I would advise anyone doing this to at least have the courtesy to address each potential host by their username & not only by a blanket "Hello", "Hi" or whatever, but that's only my opinion...

WS Member WS Member's picture
I'd like messages to be more

I'd like messages to be more like email where you can have multiple recipients. When recipients reply the reply is sent to all people in the message, just like a "Reply All" response to an email conversation.

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"Reply All"

Not a feature I've ever used but which I can see could be useful, but as I said, such a facility could be viewed by some members as spam or too impersonal &/or lacking a comitment by a guest to actually read potential hosts' profiles & to seek out those with similar interests as against just somewhere to stay! It's not my decision but I know which I'm more likely to respond to...

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I completely understand that

I completely understand that it is a less personal approach to host-guest communication. However, when I'm traveling, I really don't enjoy spending time searching and composing messages. The faster and fewer steps involved in organizing a stay the better (for me). I'd rather get to know someone over dinner and a walk anyways.

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A campsite free of charge...

It strikes me that what you're suggesting is for guests to have the convenience of a campsite (no need to spend time searching nor to compose messages & no obligation to "engage" with the "host"...) but free of charge, & to find out at a later stage whether they have anything in common with their host(s) other than cycling! If such an approach is or becomes widespread, it is or would be a complete waste of time for hosts to say anything about themselves other than what they have to offer to complete strangers who aren't too bothered who they stay with so long as it meets their requirements!

I'm sorry but this is not why I joined this site, & as indicated in my profile, "blanket" requests will receive a "cold shower" reply, as far as I'm concerned, staying in someone's home is a privilege, not a right! In all my years of cycle-touring I didn't have the option to organise somewhere to stay ahead of time other than booking in campsites, I was occasionally offered more than just somewhere to camp on some of my trips, & was very grateful for whatever "extra" I received from complete strangers who welcomed me into their homes, & with whom I sometime ended up staying with for more than one night, having discovered we liked each other's company! Thanks to the internet & sites like WS, finding such generous people need no longer be left to chance, is it really so much to ask that guests spend time searching (which in my books means reading hosts' profiles) & composing "individual" messages rather than the same one to all in an area regardless of affinities?