I would like to ask your opinion about giving flexibility to the users to hide their profiles from the map. For example, I would like to be found on the couch request search, however I would prefer not be visible on the map.
In my opinion having the map may lead us to an undesired end. In example, if there is someone shows him/herself in a great location of the city they will get many requests. However the others will get less unless we have a smart system to limit how much request a person could get per day\per week\per month.
Not sure if any of us has any statistical data to see how lazy the users became. Even most of adds are using this slogan “one click away” , “it’s only one click” etc… So our lazy users* will only use maps and see the best located user and directly contact them.
*Especially in the last couple of years there have been many CSers, stopped reading references, stopped reading profiles. I call them lazy users Initially I remember the requests I received, all personalized messages and it was very clear that they read my profile, they really want to meet me instead of using my house as a free place to stay.
If we let them to find a host through the map then in my opinion we attract them to be lazier.
In an ideal world having this map system sounds very helpful and useful.
On the other hand, due to the reason I find it risky to have it, you may see it useful because sometimes we are hitchhikers and better to know the location of potential host, or we need a last minute host or what ever the reason we have but we may be lazy by the circumstances we are in, to start any conversation or analyze our hosts properly. We may need to find a host quicker than normal, I mean.
All in all, in general the special cases are exceptional so I’m against to have a map because I see a big potential risk which may affect us negatively in the long run. Plenty of people already liked having a map and they want to have it/keep it, maybe we should analyze their reasons and motivation carefully. If they want to find host faster, then the risk I see will most certainly occur.
For privacy reasons, busy period of our lives, short trips to somewhere etc. I would like not to be visible all the time. I should be able to turn it On and Off to be shown on the map.