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Many don't answer

I crossed Spain last may with my bike. I asked for hospitality on WS in the cities of Santander, Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Madrid, Toledo, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga.
Many did not answer, few replied that they couldn't accommodate me, only one welcomed me.
It would be better unsubscribe from WS if you can not or do not want to host.

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Hi Enzo.

Hi Enzo.
I had the exact same experience in Barcelona at the end of april ;-(. As long as they replay they are not available for the specific night I think its absolutly ok. But not to answer, even just a few words, is not friendly.
Maybe it's a culture difference. Or the hosts in big cities get to many requests to answer each and everyone. For me it would be normal to answer within one or tow days; but I'm swiss and live in the countryside and have only 10-20 requests per year.
I hope you will have better experiences in the future.
regards Christof

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I think it would be nice if

I think it would be nice if WS Admin would send a year email to everyone and ask them to rejoin otherwise they are automatically removed form the list (or say sent after 1 year of inactivity). It could be as simple as the email having a button to click to automatically renew your membership, nothing else needed. But if you do not click, you are removed. This would reduce the list to those who are more willing to help. Just my thoughts. Best, John

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They Do

They actually do. If you haven't logged in for a year you will get an email reminder. If you then log in you're good to go, if not you'll be removed. It's essentially the same as you suggest.

The issue is a bit more complicated than that. I'd rather see a system based on response to requests, or lack thereof. I've been an active member for a good stretch of time but I did once receive a reminder even though I hosted during that time. My account is set up to have everything forwarded to my email address and I respond directly to the emails without logging in for the most part. So logins are not necessarily a good indicator of who's active or not.

...Michelle

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In the summer i will drive

In the summer i will drive from Belgium to the South of France. In 10 days, ik asked 5 times to host me, only one answered my question. After al we have to book something else. I guess it is not a big effort to answer you can't host.

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Look at the response rate

The response rates are displayed in the profile. I would not even write to hosts with low response rates.

But if they also have a cell-phone number listed, I might send a text message to remind them of a request.

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This is common throughout the

This is common throughout the group, New Zealand, Europe, USA, we have had the same problem in all these places. A city like San Diego for example, very few people who are listed bother to answer. When checking the response rate, also look at the last time they were on-line, if they have not logged-in in the last year they are probably not going to reply to your request.

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San Diego

There are a few hosts in San Diego who are readily available, and usually take the brunt of all the others who do not respond.

I think of using warm showers like I think of hitch hiking: it is only a part of my journey, and if I choose to stick out my thumb, that does not mean anybody is going to stop.