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Posted March 8th, 2012 - 5:39 pm from Rome, Italy
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Posted March 13th, 2012 - 10:50 pm from London, England
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Posted March 13th, 2012 - 10:55 pm from Adelaide, Australia
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 9:11 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 9:33 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
You can easily identify template requests as they say

"This CouchRequest has been created in two sections using an optional new format." which is no longer new at all

with "About Me" and "Why I'd Like to Meet You" paragraphs.

But is wasn't really necessary to introduce subsamples as these subsamples already existed before, depending on whether the basic or guided form was chosen by the requester. Now they are apparently forcing people to use one or the other, if that is the test.

I bet they'll find that the guided form produces worse requests as it is used more by newbies. Then what? ...

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 2:27 pm from London, England
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Posted March 19th, 2012 - 2:38 pm from London, England
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Posted March 19th, 2012 - 2:41 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Don't be so hard on them, William. This website is still in the "CouchSurfing Project" phase and one should not expect them to know after only a little over 7 years in the business what constitutes a good couch request. After all, registrations and verifications dollars keep rolling in, and that's what really matters, right?

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 11:09 pm from Nice, France
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Posted March 19th, 2012 - 11:12 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
"and let's not even mention summer approaching..."

Can't wait for the ultimate OCR test :-)

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 11:46 pm from Nice, France
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Posted March 15th, 2012 - 6:45 am from Nice, France
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Posted March 15th, 2012 - 9:56 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Florian, please have them put it on the freaking website where the explanation belongs, not on some outsourced webpage looking for traffic, that less than 0.00001% of users know about and where it will scroll down quickly.

Posted March 15th, 2012 - 12:11 pm from Adelaide, Australia
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Posted March 15th, 2012 - 2:02 pm by from Dijon, France (Permalink)
"From what I understood it all comes down to the fact that they wanted to
create a blog/platform to improve their communications."

Or to isolate communications from membership?

I don't see a single link on the principle CS pages pointing to the "blog".

In fact, a google search of ALL indexed CS pages brings only two occurance of "posterous", neither related to the CS pages.

The same search on Posterous brings up 33,000 hits for CouchSurfing.

In other words, ZERO communication on the CS site about the purported CS blog. No way for CS membership to even know the "blog" exists. Is that anyone's idea of "Communication"?

David

Posted March 15th, 2012 - 7:37 pm from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted March 15th, 2012 - 7:41 pm from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted March 15th, 2012 - 8:44 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
At least they did something CS hasn't done:

"For users who would like to back up their content or move to another
service, we’ll share clear instructions for doing so in the coming
weeks."

Posted March 16th, 2012 - 4:00 am from Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Posted March 16th, 2012 - 7:49 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I neither spoke of an obligation, nor of a tool, but merely pointed out that Postous implicitly recognized that the change in ownership could make users unhappy and want to take their content elsewhere rather than rave about how this is so much better.

They also promise "We’ll give users ample notice if we make any changes to the service". That would be quite a difference to CS which often doesn't announce important changes at all, nor inform about them properly after making them. Of course I have no idea if Posterous is any better at keeping promises than CS.

Posted March 16th, 2012 - 12:53 am from Nice, France
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Posted March 18th, 2012 - 9:37 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I wonder what that marketing and research manager who they pay big bucks is or will be saying about this kind of crappy research...

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 2:06 am by from Alexandria, United States (Permalink)
whoa...I'm wondering, like Ms. T, 667, and Pedalr, if the info loaded into a couch request would be fair-game for analysis into page refinement, or host-refinement, or market research? Every thing we put on this website is theirs, yes? So they can mine couchreq data for....not sure...but I'm certain they can isolate saleable data for someone.

am I nuts here, or what?

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 8:53 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted March 19th, 2012 - 9:25 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
More importantly: no hosts - no hostings - no verification payments for a free couch - no business model - no IPO - no happy investors - no gettings as rich as hoped - no glory or going down in history as the Bill Gates from New Hampshire.

Posted March 22nd, 2012 - 3:43 am from Macau, China
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Posted March 22nd, 2012 - 3:32 pm from Rome, Italy
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Posted April 26th, 2012 - 3:08 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
"I've created my interary for me is the best way to find host because is more natural...I prefer wen people invite than ask, in case no one invited I'll stay in hostel =)"

Good luck to that one!

Posted May 7th, 2012 - 7:32 pm from Rome, Italy
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Posted May 9th, 2012 - 8:09 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
William, he's apparently getting the couch requests which you believe you are missing.

Posted May 10th, 2012 - 10:58 pm from London, England
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Posted May 11th, 2012 - 1:57 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
William, you do realise that commenting on someone's profile content makes you fair game for the same treatment. Can we please not go there?

Posted May 11th, 2012 - 2:39 am from London, England
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Posted May 11th, 2012 - 8:12 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
I don't believe there is such a thing as group ownership.

There is this, though, in the guidelines of this group:

"don't drag in fights or discussions from other groups"

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Posted May 11th, 2012 - 8:24 am by from Rome, Italy (Permalink)
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Posted May 23rd, 2012 - 2:04 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
Ok I obviously should have commented on this thread before now - to be clear everyone, this group is NOT a place where everyone's profile is up for public critique: this goes for all members. If you have any comments to make about the content of someone's profile or references which has little or no relevance to our discussions here, please contact that person privately.

thank you.

your friendly mod

Posted May 23rd, 2012 - 9:14 pm from Rome, Italy
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Posted May 24th, 2012 - 2:47 am by from Alexandria, United States (Permalink)
Yah...so agree with Niall. Can you guys understand normal, non-maladroit, personal interaction?

...if yes, then please it.

Posted May 24th, 2012 - 2:48 am by from Alexandria, United States (Permalink)
whoa: "please *use* it"....sorry for iPad yukkiness

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