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WS website functionality - solving problem of long term in-active WF members?

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WS website functionality - solving problem of long term in-active WF members?

Just currious - What happens to all WS members which are not responsive due to inactivity? There are a lot lately. Some of them have been active but arn't annymore due to things happening in life or lost intrest. A growing lot just sign up to get hosted and never (intentionally or because of other things) host themselves. Etc. I know it's a reciprocal system and one should never excpect hospitality as it's the host its choise. But I do think the functonality of the WS website now is undermining all those wonderful hosts/guests in their attention. Lot of wonderful encounters will never happen. A shame!

>>> Isn't there a mechanism on the site which will hide or discribes long term inactive members afther a while? <<<

The situation in my home town analyzed : there happen to be only two active members for a long time. The other and oldest member even invited us for dinner to get to know each other ones. But to my suprize when I looked lately there are now 11 members. The oldest member was active but hasn't been much the past year. We were the second hosts and are still active on all fronts (hosting, responding, feedback en being guest). The third oldest hosts had been active but arn't annymore now either for years. The rest of the hosts never hosted or was a guest. Nor is responsive to mails or has gotten or given feedback. They just signed up and probably never looked again. Some of them checked the - Non Available box - .  Many as soon as they became member (....) But a big part which isn't responsive, is still available so therefore visable in searches on the WS website. ;-(

I am not sure  if I should leave an neutral did not get an responce to my mail when dealing with such members  as a potential guest just to leave a signal. It feels a bit harsh.  I once tried to write down in an responce to a non answering member. "Hope everything is fine with you and your buzzy with happy things like cycletouring. Please do check the box "not available" when you're not having time to host. It will save you from receiving lot of mails and makes the WS system clearer." But does the receiver ever get to read this?

So lately I put this line under my WS profile : 
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NOTE => We love guests who contribute to WS by hosting now and then, giving feedback and have a decent answering rate. ;-)
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it is a big problem

last night I seach for WS hosts in krakow  ( poland) for a friend as the WS app doesn't available ( and on a cell phone it is VERY difficult  to seach on the web site ) 

and I found lots a profil as 

  • Membre depuis 4 ans 4 mois
  • Dernière connexion 2 ans 6 mois
  • Membre depuis 1 an 10 mois
  • Dernière connexion 1 an 10 mois

 

or this 

Réactivité: 0%

(0 réponses pour 6 demandes pour l'année écoulée)

Réactivité: 0%

(0 réponses pour 13 demandes pour l'année écoulée)

 

as you cannot filter the seach by 

last login or % of reponses you have to read each profil 

it is a big wast of time 

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non responsive hosts

I agree this a big issue when you are traveling and don't have much data or time to spent on the internet. I found it a waste of time contacting hosts with records like this, and I will also screen future guests (if they did not mark themselves as "not available") based on their response rate.

My impression is that this is not an important issue to the WS management, the issue has been discussed over and over for many years. I think the priority is having a high member count, not neccesary how useful they are. Not sure why.

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Problème pour trouver hôtes WS

Bonjour

Depuis que l'application ne fonctionne plus , il est TRÈS difficile de trouver des hôtes !! Nous sommes actuellement au Mexique et n'avons AUCUNE réponse à toutes nos demandes ! Quand l'application sera t'elle de nouveau disponible ?

Merci

Mylène

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Have you tried to use an

Have you tried to use an internet browser, go the to WS site and request from there? It seems the webpage still works fine. The problem I mentioned lays with non-responsive hosts.

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Did you try on a cell phone ?

Did you try on a cell phone ? 

It is not easy at all 

Just try to move the map 

And you loose a lot of time a lot of data and no responses 

 

On the app you can tag some host in  favorites when you find wifi 

The map is easier to use 

 

 

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Did you try on a cell phone ?

Did you try on a cell phone ? 

It is not easy at all 

Just try to move the map 

And you loose a lot of time a lot of data and no responses 

 

On the app you can tag some host in  favorites when you find wifi 

The map is easier to use 

 

 

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No purge this year?

"Dernière connexion 2 ans 6 mois"

So that looks as if the annual purge has not been done this year? Because that is what WS normally does in the spring, send people that have not logged in for more than a year a "pester" email. And if they do not react, they will be purged. Typically that is 25 000 or so.

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indeed annual purge of non responsives seems to be out of o

Yup I thought too there used to be a annual clean up in the past (or purge as I just learned a new english word) Pieter. So for some reasons it seems this doesn't work anny more. This was the reason for my posting.

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Non response and missing app

I agree with you all about these two major problems!

WS hosts who don’t answer by what ever reason and the missing app which makes search and use of WS on a smartphone almost impossible!

With some internet services there is a feature in the settings of an account like: “if not used for a year account will be deactivated”. This really would help to clean the number of users!

And the app should be activated ASAP, please!

thanks to all active users!

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I have to help a friend

I have to help a friend finding host in Central Europe ( from Italy to saint Petersburg) 

I look for her on my computer and send her the best host 

It is a lot of work 

And for the moment ZERO positive answers 

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WS should have a quick fix

WS should have a quick fix made with a toggle button to switch from available to not available.

Also people who are unresponsive or non active should no be shown on the map.

The code for this is basic and could be done easily.