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Are we a community or are we just numbers?
Posted February 20th, 2013 - 9:48 am by from Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Permalink)
Not that I believe that it will be of any use, however I posted this message on the General Discussions of Community Forum.
It's my last cry...I've had enough.
I decided to be a number.

Are we a community or are we just numbers?

I am addressing this directly to the CS management.
I have been using CS since 2007 and I have been very active.
You can check my profile which "proves" my statement.
http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/oliver_luni/

Already since CS changed it's status from non profit to B-Corp, many historical and active users abandoned the site, started using other alternative equivalent sites (as Bewelcome for example) but stubbornly enough I kept my activity going on and said to myself that I will not cry scandal before I see the site go bad.

Unfortunately I must say that we are reaching a limit of tolerance even for myself.

The recent changes, the way the users are not being listened to, make me want to just stand back and, to quote some already existing threads on the CS forums,
Stop Caring

One of the worst changes I've seen till now is surely the Place Page...
I invite anybody to check this page and tell me what they think of it...it's tragic.
A bunch of useless junk of couchrequests and requests for cheap hostels or info on bars to go to which could be very simply avoided by allowing active members to provide this info once and refer to this info.

I am an engineer and I have been a sales manager for over 10 years now.
I know what it means to make profit and to "keep the wheel turning".
I understand that by increasing the number of CS member the "company" has more power in terms of advertisement and attracting future investors.
I am not saying CS should stop this, but it can be done also by IMPROVING the site and not just deteriorating it, as has been done till today.

I would like the CS management to think about this: it is not only by mass advertisement that you get people to join CS and to create a profile.
It is also by improving the experiences that people have, by word of mouth about such great time people had with their hosts or guests or what wonderful people they met during an event.
Who can give such experiences? the ones who know how to do it...
I host regularly and I like to host first time CSers without experience. I love their enthusiasm and I really enjoy giving them a good time and making their experience great.
Although I am "just" a number, just one out of millions, I, as many others like me, could contribute a lot more to CS goal to have as many members as possible, but this idea doesn't seem to get through to the company management.
The active couchsurfers are the ones who can contribute to make CS "a better place" and to give a bit of color to the dullness of "dollar making" which CS seems to give it's exclusive interest in.

In the current situation all I see is numbers and dollars, no community , loss of quality.
Is this what you REALLY want? What can you do to change it?

Posted February 20th, 2013 - 10:53 am from Karimunjawa, Indonesia
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Posted February 20th, 2013 - 1:48 pm by from Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Permalink)
Since you already created a profile you already contributed to being one in 6 million, whether you like it or not, whether you delete your profile or not, your email address and name has been listed.

It's up to the CS management to think if they care for losing active members or not...if they want numbers or quality.

I'm not so optimistic...

Posted February 20th, 2013 - 9:20 pm from Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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