We’re only a few weeks away from the beta launch and some gradual changes are taking place behind the scenes. A key question we’ve been tossing around is, what will the purpose of the forums be once we move into the beta phase of Couchers.org?
But what IS the beta? While it’s not the final product, our aim is that it can be used for creating content and communities on the platform. At a minimum, it will have:
- Base features: Profiles, host requests, messaging, basic references, basic user search
- Community features : City pages, guides, events
Therefore, we’ll want community building to start taking place on the Couchers.org beta platform as much as possible.
At the same time, we still want meta and global discussion - like talking about bugs, feature suggestions, the future direction of the platform, any problems you’re having with the platform in general - to take place here on the forum. Therefore, we will be changing our forum URL to something more broad, acquiring our own secure domain, and opening up the forum to be publicly viewable without logging in.
You’ll also see a new look for the forum, which will be revamped with our branding and logo. There will also be a shift in how the forum is organised (for example, closing/archiving older topics and changing our discussion categories).
We’d love your feedback before we start making these changes. As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the direction we are headed with the forum.
A big thank you from everyone on the moderator team!