Could I please suggest to the people running this project - don’t waste our time and yours trying to build something that is 100% free for everyone. We’ve been down this 100% Free route many times in the past and it has never worked. when you factor in “TIME” then it’s not worth it.
None of us are going to live forever - Time is more valuable than money - the only way you can build a 100% Free website and App without sponsorship is either you are independently wealthy or by working on this project part time whilst you have a regular day jobs to pay for your rent, food, etc
This means you have less TIME to work on this project.
We’ve seen the example set by BeWelcome & Trustroots - they’ve been around for so many years and they have so few members signed up to the system. To get a viable system you need a minimum number of members around the world. Building a decent system takes time and you gain time by having people working on this project full time … that is only possible if you have a certain income to pay for staff, servers, etc.
Rather then say to us all - we’ll make everything 100% Free for everyone - forever - say we’ll try to make a website that we aim to charge everyone no more than $20 a year to use. That $20 will unable us to hire FULL TIME members of staff who will work on this project at least 5 days a week as their full time jobs. So we can bring to you a quality system, so we can add new features unlike Couchsurfing which hasn’t seen a single upgrade in over 5 years.
The other problem with 100% free systems is it attracts freeloaders and doesn’t deter potential thieves, con artists, etc
For people in poorer countries give them a way they can earn credits towards their yearly fee or allow people in western countries to help sponsor their yearly $20 fee - but this 100% free route never worked in the past - so why do you think it will work again with you?
Think about Time more than money.