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HOW TO REQUEST A COUCH in 10 Easy Steps.
Posted February 21st, 2013 - 8:21 am by from Seattle, United States (Permalink)
1. Please do not post a couch request here!
2. At the top of the page, there is a text box that says, “Where would you like to go?” Enter the name of the city you want to visit in that box, and press the blue “Surf” button.
3. You will be taken to the “Place Page” for the city you entered in the text box. Please do NOT post your couch request in that place's conversations!
4. A few lines down on the page, under where it says (for example), “Portland Area,” you'll see the phrase, “Find a place to stay for Any traveler(s).” The “Any” is a drop-down box. Click on it, and choose the number of surfers you will have. Click the blue “Go!” button.
5. A list of hosts will appear. Click on the hosts' names or pictures to view their profiles.
6. IMPORTANT: Read the profiles thoroughly! Especially the references! Look for people with similar interests, or who seem like you'd connect with them in some way. It will give them a reason to want to host you, and also help you write a personalized couch request. Choose some people to send requests to.
7. IMPORTANT: Use the “Send CouchRequest” button. For example, my profile will say “Send CouchRequest to Derek!”
8. In the couch request box, choose your dates, how you're arriving, and how many surfers there will be. Tell the host about yourself and what you're doing, and tell them why you want to meet them. Write something that makes them WANT to host you! You can also check the box that says, “Other nearby hosts can send me invitations to stay with them.” This means other hosts in the area will see whatever you type in the top box about yourself and your trip.
9. Click “Send CouchRequest”
10. Wait to hear back from hosts. Wait for offers from hosts in the area. Send more requests.

Posted February 21st, 2013 - 8:22 am by from Seattle, United States (Permalink)
The above is my attempt. I'll just have to bump it to the top once in a while. Hopefully some other community members will help me with that.

Posted February 21st, 2013 - 11:16 am by from Bamberg, Germany (Permalink)
Good post, Derek!
Everybody should copy this to their local group!
And for 'us', let me copy Don's advice from Berlin:

Because, if you use the Firefox browser, go to Extras/Addons and enter 'Couchsurfing' at the Addon search...
And you will prompted with 'csnavlinks'.
Install that and you will have more options next to your profile name at top, slightly restoring the usability of 'old times'... (especially 'Advanced and Map Couch Search'!)

More info here
https://www.couchsurfing.org/n/threads/berlin-berlin-germany-i-got-tired-of-all-the-changes-to-the-site-so-i-decided-to-become-a-bit-inventive-i-have-managed-to-write-a-plugin-for ;)

CU when you visit Germany!!
Christian

Posted February 21st, 2013 - 11:22 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted February 21st, 2013 - 2:18 pm by from Brisbane, Australia (Permalink)
Good effort.

I tried the same thing for a while... but it doesn't make sense that we are the only people who care enough to put in volunteer work, while our efforts are undermined at every opportunity.

Need either a new strategy, or a new hobby. :/

Posted February 21st, 2013 - 2:23 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted February 21st, 2013 - 2:36 pm from Perth, Australia
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Posted February 22nd, 2013 - 6:48 am by from Sydney, Australia (Permalink)
10 steps? 10 steps! wtf?

It's not international law..... It should be very, very easy to offer and request couches, navigate and post in groups , create and join activities/events.

Unfortunately it is not.

Our dear CS is so far off track they don't know where the track is anymore. But since the new ambassador guidelines (posted by Colleen) say we must be supportive, I guess pointing out the obvious and/or complaining means we all have to resgn.

Absolutely fed up :(

Dave
(imagine my 'grumpy cat' face)

Posted February 22nd, 2013 - 6:03 pm by from Florence, Italy (Permalink)
FIRST STEP to request a couch:
THERE ARE NO STEPS! ;)

I mean, I don't like all these couch requests in the area group but where is written that is not allowed?

Why a CS newbie looking for a couch is lead to the group area instead of the available hosts' page directly?

I don't understand it. And we don't have the possibility to write any warning in the city group. So, Derek, I appreciate your idea but where do you wanna write such a message?

I'd like to write a single ADVICE: writing a public request in the city group can let most of the locals ignore the message 'cause it appears impersonal. So make your couch request personal, spontaneous and honest. CS is about creating inspiring experiences not finding safe and cheap accomodation ;)


Posted February 23rd, 2013 - 5:17 am by from Seattle, United States (Permalink)
Honestly guys, I'm just trying a two-pronged approach of 1) asking people not to post in the group; and 2) letting them know a more acceptable (at least until recently) way to find a couch. It means a little more work for me -- regardless of what Sam said in the feedback forums, my "Please don't post couch requests here" post in our now-defunct Community Details definitely DID reduce the couch requests on the page -- but maybe it means posts that are not couch requests will remain easier to see for a while longer.

I don't like doing it. I'm just hoping it helps the people who are actually interested in posting activities or having discussions.

Posted February 28th, 2013 - 9:55 am by from Florence, Italy (Permalink)
This is what I copy and past in the post concerning a couch request probably could be useful for some of you:

Sorry the Florence Ares group is not appropriate for a couch request.

You should start to send some PRIVATE couch requests to available hosts you'd like to stay with. The "Introduce yourself and explain a bit about your trip" section could be a copy and paste message while "Tell your host why you'd like to meet them" should be more PERSONAL and SPECIFIC.

At the same time you could try with a PUBLIC couch request in "Post your travel plan" https://www.couchsurfing.org/couchmanager?tab=itinerary waiting for someone could invite you.

Finally, in case of no invitations nor positive answers from your hosts, there is the LAST MINUTE group in Florence https://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=11925 where you can post your request not before 3 days.

Good luck

Posted February 28th, 2013 - 10:19 am from Los Angeles, United States
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Posted March 1st, 2013 - 12:50 am by from Darwin, Australia (Permalink)
Flagging works fine in my city, there is at least one other very active community member. a post was gone within minutes of me flagging this morning. I just think its now working like it was supposed to be originally with at least two people flagging it rather than before it seemed anyone could remove a post at whim. I still think moderators need more power, I would love to see a merge option I dont understand why there needs to be a million "LETS GO TO KAKADU" posts... why can't people just respond to the other people who want to go to Kakadu. I'm dreading when our high season starts in a couple of months....

I got a bunch of messages from a guy asking me to sell him marijuana... it doesnt even say I smoke anywhere on my profile... how stupid are new users nowadays.

Posted March 1st, 2013 - 5:44 am from Los Angeles, United States
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Posted March 1st, 2013 - 9:08 am by from Darwin, Australia (Permalink)
well CS did say they would revoke rights if it was abused maybe they thought people were abusing the system and neglected to give them a warning? seeing as I flag maybe 1 post a day if that I would hardly show up on their radar

Posted March 1st, 2013 - 5:20 pm from London, England
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