I understand that he is afraid of not being able to experience the service like a normal user of Couchsurfing if he uses his real name and a clear picture of himself, and that he is afraid of receiving negative feedback on his profile relating to his job at Couchsurfing.
However, all of his predecessors in the CEO or General Manager position had official profiles in which they mixed business and pleasure:
Even his boss, Matt Cohler, has an official profile where he can be contacted and in which he talks about his professional involvement with Couchsurfing but which he also uses for interacting with regular members Couchsurfing.
I can see how this is not ideal, because it then doesn't allow you to give any kind of critical feedback on your experiences because CS systematically discounts those as being job-related and inappropriate, even if they aren't. I have been calling these the "Teflon" profiles.
How would you feel if you accepted to host someone under a certain identity and profile, and it then turns out it is someone else, the CEO of Couchsurfing? I believe it would feel very weird, if not worse.
As everything else I have seen coming from this person, it seems ill conceived and blowing up in his face.
I would really like to know what the Trust & Safety Team has to say about this one.
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