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bikers not confirming

I get requests...and then i say Yes and then i dont hear anything????

IT is rude!!!!

please - if you send out a request to stay - please continue the communication.

We love to host - and like to plan accordingly.

 

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No follow-up by bikers after initial request

Sue, it happens to many other WS members, including myself. All requests are answered by me, few result in hosting.
Wished more (younger) touring cyclists follow-up on their initial mail. And if they do, no last moment cancellations!

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Same problem here. Can't

Same problem here. Can't remember that was much of a problem in 2016-2017, but this year, it's annoying. There needs to be some awareness that cancellations and no-shows absorb time and efforts from the host.

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One problem may be that is

One problem may be that is not enough to log in on the site to see that there is a new message. One needs to open one's profile page. It least that is my memory of what happened. This should be changed back to how it was before.

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Yes, new message

Yes, new message notifications are not as omnipresent now as they were before. They should be in the header of every page along with one's profile pic and clear icon and text showing current hosting status.

Incidentally why are new messages still being tallied for the responsiveness stat for members marked as unavailable to host? This makes no sense.

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A few years ago we discovered

A few years ago we discovered a member was asking to be hosted along his route from several hosts on the same night. Depending where he finished for the day he stayed with the nearest host, leaving the others waiting for him. If you get no confirmation, maybe check with other hosts in your area? (This guy actually confirmed with several hosts for the same night)

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You are the host, you make

You are the host, you make the rules. Insist on confirmation from guests when you respond offering accommodation and don't make any preparations for hosting unless you receive it.

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Confirmation

When I give a "yes" response to hosting, I ask for a confirmation.  "If this works for you, please let me know and I will then send directions and address".  If I don't get a response, I can pretty much assume they are not coming.

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No show

I had a request from a guest with 24 hours notice.   I cooked a meal and prepared a bed for him.   He didn't turn up and I haven't heard from him.   This has never happened before and it is very surprising since he has good feedback.

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Did your guest send you a

Did your guest send you a second message to confirm his stay? Otherwise, without that confirmation, a host should not assume that the guest will come.

Also, I strongly encourage hosts against preparing a meal for their guests before those guests arrive. Don’t think that that is something you have to do. First of all, the guest might never show up. Secondly, the guest might have already eaten at a local restaurant before he arrived, or the guest might prefer to cook his own food instead of whatever you might have prepared. So, let the guests arrive first and relax, and then talk about what needs to be done.

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He sent several messages

He sent several messages saying we could watch England and Poland together.   He even said a time.   I have had many guests and always give them a meal.

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"He sent several messages

"He sent several messages saying we could watch England and Poland together. He even said a time."

Oh, then he did a very rude thing.

"I have had many guests and always give them a meal."

Still, you should wait for those guests to arrive first to determine if they even want a meal. I know from talking to many fellow travelers who use hospex, that often they felt forced to eat a meal they never wanted in the first place, just because the host had already made it before their arrival. Also, today when more and more travelers are vegetarian, vegan, etc. it is important to know what guests’ dietary preferences are before you cook something. Finally, waiting to cook saves hosts from heartbreak when the guest never shows up.

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In that case I would worry a

In that case I would worry a bit that someting might have happened. Have you heard from him since? Or activity on the site? If there is no good reason, I would note this in a reference.

But yes, I also start cooking (i.e. putting the frozen lasagna in the oven) when they arrived and take their shower.

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This recently happened to me

This recently happened to me and it was the first time.  Fortunately, I was very busy that day and didn't have time to prepare a meal, etc.  However, I was planning to make arrangements.  I had told the cyclists they were welcome, my address, and personal contact information.  They did not contact me back which left me in limbo not knowing whether they were coming or not.  They did not show up even though I was waiting for them to.  So I wasted an evening on that.  I considered leaving negative feedback but did not even though I think it was deserved.  With that being said, my Warmshowers experience has been a delight.  As they say, "one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch."

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Insist on confirmation in

Insist on confirmation in your reply - give out your phone if you like so they can message you easily but not your address. You then won't be left wondering if they don't confirm.

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Maybe in future requests I

Maybe in future requests I will tell them to confirm and if they don't then they won't get my address.