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(2) Encouraging Parents to Join
Posted August 25th, 2009 - 12:57 pm by from Pentre, Wales (Permalink)
There is clearly an imbalance in CS with some people (disproportionately young) doing a lot of suring with little or no hosting while others (disporoportionately older) doing more hosting than surfing. I think that the comments in this group indicate that this is a problem - at least for some people.

Clearly younger people are more likely to be in accomodation which limits or exclude hosting. My own view is that you are entitled to benefit from a system to the extent that you contribute to it - whilst recognising the limits that some people face. I think it is perfectly reasonable to respond to CS requests from - using the term I have seen at least once in this group - "freeloaders" - with refusal, accompanied by a suggestion that more contribution to CS might bring a positive response. Like any way of responding, it is easier if you can show that others are doing the same.

There are, of course other ways in which young people can contribute. If their parents join then the arrangement is transparent, this could be one way. I am not suggesting any obligation on the part of anybody.

One way or another, I am open for ideas about how we can distinguish between those who want to contribute and those who are simply using the system to their own selfish ends.


PS. I am putting the message in this group because it is the only place where I have seen descriptions of this imabalance as a problem.