Not sure if the WS purge has ended as yet. To set the record straight, I plan way ahead in attaining hosts for my next tours. This year I began in January, organizing a 70 day trip. When selecting a hospitality organization, I always chose Warmshowers first, Couchsurfing second, and then Others (Bike Shops, Fire Departments, Chambers of Commerce, etc).
Today I got it in my head to add up what I have accomplished so far. An unscientific research model to tell me what was going on. After weeks of waiting, It seemed like I was not getting a good response rate, meaning the ratio of any return contact at all.
I give lots of bio info in my request letter and my positive feedback is at around 40.
Org Letters Sent Number of Responses Ratio
Warmshowers 80 45 56%
Couchsurfing 51 19 37%
Others 11 2 18%
Total 142 66 46%
All that is needed is a simple YES or CAN'T DO IT or MAYBE. If this is after the purge, why are so many just blowing off their requests? I don't get it at all. Aren't we talking about basic manners here?