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Info about mass switchover to bewelcome
Posted December 13th, 2012 - 10:15 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
There is a new CS-group organizing a mass switchover from CS to bewelcome: www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=59753

"I'm really disappointed of all these changes in Couchsurfing, I really don't feel comfortable anymore in this website.

I was considering the city-groups one of the best sources to find and exchange information from (especially the group of my city, Berlin) and now with this new layout they have become completely unusable, and all our precious advices and infos we had exchanged during years has just been brutally stolen, without any respect.

Couchsurfing's primary goal has now become having as many members as possible, not caring at all if that the reason why they join the website is sharing the principles which were at the base of the website: sharing hospitality, help, tips without involving money, as well as exchanging experiences, ideologies, ideas, creativity, proposals...mostly oriented to reach, explore, offer a better kind of life, more respectful and open-minded towards other cultures, people, animals, nature...

I really feel now used by the CS "leaders", that have preferred profit to their members, profit to people.
And I think we really don´t deserve this.
I think they very much deserve us to leave the website.

But of course we all love the ideas which were at the base of Couchsurfing and don´t want to lose them (what CS leaders are taking advantage of), and Bewelcome at the moment has very little members if compared to Couchsurfing.

That´s why I have decided to organize a big initiative to spread all around CS, inviting members to erase their profiles from CS altogether, proudly sharing this moment in which we show that money can not always win on us, that we don´t allow them anymore to treat us like market elements for their profit.

The days will be the 12-13-14th January 2013 and more details are in the posts in this group www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=59753."

Posted December 14th, 2012 - 7:50 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 10:49 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 1:56 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 1:57 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 3:10 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 4:49 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
By the 12th of January, most people will mostly already have grudgingly accepted the unwanted changes, because, well, life goes on. Of the ones who made a profile on BeWelcome (like me), only very few will deleted their profile on CS for various reasons (references, friends/contacts, a lot more hosts, (naive) hopes of improvement), etc. So at most you will have a few people who will delete their profile, something CS will not notice.

Posted December 14th, 2012 - 7:01 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 14th, 2012 - 7:09 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Du brauchst ja mich nicht zu überzeugen ;) I'm very much opposed to the recent changes and they have censored various of my posts when I asked questions they didn't like (and still refuse to answer, even though they stopped deleting them). For me and many others, BeWelcome is however still not a realistic alternative if you also want to keep hosting and surfing. That's why only very few will leave CS for ever, but will merely keep a BW profile on the side. I also wonder what BW would become like when they would expand massively..

& Thank you.

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 3:34 pm from Copenhagen, Denmark
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Posted December 18th, 2012 - 10:43 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
I will stay at CS, too.

I love the people at CS. I do not care about some sometimes a little bit ... difficult people or circumstances from headquarter of CS.

I will still organize events and welcome all CS people and from BEWELCOME or wherever they come from. I take care of the people, not on the organization.

Cheers, Guenther

Posted December 18th, 2012 - 11:24 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 18th, 2012 - 11:23 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted December 28th, 2012 - 5:34 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted January 8th, 2013 - 11:57 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Has your last thread been subjected to censorship or did you delete it yourself?

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 11:46 pm from Berlin, Germany
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