Yes, I get it. The thing is that the majority of people on hospitality exchange platforms send copy and paste requests without reading profiles (and Couchers seems to be no exception).
Thank you for considering a calendar feature. I am really looking forward to it! The calendar on CouchSurfing was a lifesaver! It automatically blocked out days so people were unable to send me last-minute requests, it automatically blocked out dates when I had accepted surfers and I was also able to block out dates when I couldn’t or didn’t want to host so nobody was wasting their or my time by writing requests that couldn’t even be accepted. I don’t know what Couchers calendar will have to offer but even if it’s simple and I have to put everything manually, I would still love that! So big yes on the calendar! I would definitely use this feature!
Out of curiosity I tried to click on someone’s request button just to see how it currently looks when you want to send a request.
As the screenshot shows: the body of the request is empty and there is also no required field for the number of guests. This host not only doesn’t host last-minute guests but they also have 1 guest capacity. I didn’t read their profile and I am about to shoot them a request for today asking to accommodate me and my two friends. This host will end up with a request that can’t accept and will have to reject it. I think they shouldn’t be getting this request in the first place.
Yes, they can and they will. Hospitality exchange is a privilege, not a right. I personally do mention on my profile that sending me a request doesn’t guarantee that I will accept. There are a lot of things that will affect whether I accept or not (Did the person read my whole profile? Was the request genuine/personal? Do I feel good about them? Does the person have qualities I seek in my guests?).
But just like surfers have options to filter out their hosts, I as a host want to have options to filter out my guests (date and # of guests are absolutely crucial for me).