Lost features on CouchSurfing: rebirth them here!

I had stored that a long long time ago, while mourning past features:

Searching profiles:
Searching friends of friends
Searching members in the same groups
The Search result was a list of up to 50 profiles, with much more info (left: side photo name location last login - middle: age occupation introduction - right: number of friends and references - below: common groups
Search with a map location
Nearby travellers
Search people within groups

How many emails we have been exchanging when visiting profiles, and access to mailbox history between friends
Last login location
Countries I want to go, countries I’m going to
Photo folders
HTML on profiles (we used to have drop-down menu for our hosting/surfing/travelling experiences
Number of visits on a profile

Chat which was really elaborated!

Vouching system
Ambassador system

Contact list and notes about profiles, sorting by country, able to see the number of occurrences in each category

from very positive to very negative (5 options including neutral)
could be about travelling and we could sort references through “hosting”, “surfing” AND “travelling"
indicating the day which was written, and not only the month
while putting a reference, we were asked how many nights we officially stayed
References were appearing entirely (not limited to 10 then next page, same for the friend list)

7 levels of friendship including: never met, acquaintance, friend, good friend, best friend
Sorting friends by levels of friendship rather than from the oldest profiles

Group moderators cannot update a picture anymore
Group moderators cannot remove members of the groups anymore
Group moderators cannot see the full list of group members anymore

Introducing the vouching system: we need a little amount of people from the base of the website to get 3 vouches and they distribute around to the people that are reliable, one can only vouch another if they have 3 vouches. I still have my 51 vouches displayed on CS, I’m a pioneer, a CS Nomadic Amb since 2007, a group moderator, a greeter, a travel organiser, an experience enhancer, an inspiring individual,…


Hey Fred! Thank you for compiling all this, you’ve found the perfect place to post it. There are a lot of features here that I didn’t even know about! Some of them probably even deserve their own thread :+1:. I have a bone to pick with vouching, but I miss my vouches too.

I started a thread about reviving chats a while ago, maybe you’d share your ideas there too :slight_smile:

One thing I’d like to warn you about is that CS a has been known to witch-hunt couchers who are also ambassadors, so be careful and don’t mention anything about couchers in your messages or communication on CS, you might get “temporarily” suspended (I’ve been temporarily suspended for a year now). You seem to have a lot of recognitions and it would be a shame to lose access to your CS profile, if you care about that.

Other than that welcome to Couchers!! Hope to see you around and maybe even host you if you come to Istanbul or Berlin :slight_smile:


Thanks for writing all those out! It’s nice to see them in a big list like that. The “nearby travellers” feature sounds fun, I’d love to see that sometime.

Photo folders is cool too but would cost more for servers, not sure how much, for little benefit. A picture or two for the home would be nice, that’s probably planned already.

Also, seconding what @Emily said, i have some friends who were “temporarily suspended” as well for just mentioning Trustroots/BeWelcome (in a private message!). One had 100+ refs :upside_down_face:

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