Couch Surfing (A community just like any other)

by Milla [she=he]

Today I made myself proud and gave a negative reference on Couch Surfing.

One reference for Daniel, and another for Daniel's friend Petya.

I love the idea of Couch Surfing, and wish the project will continue growing. People sharing their lives and homes with one another. I also hope that the project will be open to criticism. For instance expressed on this site:

Welcome to OpenCouchSurfing.org. When we started our mission was to:

Participate in creating a Better and More Open CouchSurfing Organisation, one Freedom at a time.

We believe in the spirit of CouchSurfing, of creating a better world through understanding. We believe this purpose is best served by a truly Open Organisation, one that is representative of the CouchSurfing community as a whole. We believe information should flow freely through an Open Organisation.

We have realized that this Freedom will not come from within the Couchsurfing core itself.

We believed in being able to help Couchsurfing by opening the organisation from the outside (and some of us tried to continue this from the inside, for as long as they felt there was even a slightest chance). But after in August 2007, only a couple of months after starting OpenCS, we have realized that the only person in control wants to keep as much power as possible. So instead we focus on raising awareness to those who care about what they are donating to and volunteering for, and on pointing those who care to more open and free alternatives such as BeWelcome, Crash at Mine or NoseRub.

And here’s a gif-animation on the Pushy and Annoying Verification reminders popping up on the CouchSurfing webpages.

Get verified reminders, plus one donation button marked with red.

A "Psst! Get verified" reminder popping up after making profile updates.

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3 Responses

  1. […] child ever. It’s Anti-Bully-Day! The lovely possibility of being absolutely honest on Couch Surfing, giving people references — Positive, Negative, Neutral — […]

  2. […] purging myself. Or: Yet another self-therapeutic gust of honesty crossing CyberSpace. My Couch Surfing reference on Maria (whose mission statement is ‘World Peace’ on her profile page) and […]

  3. […] wrote a negative reference to Daniel Vazsonyi on Couch Surfing, and the guy was quick to respond. The response is full of Male Chauvinism and I will reply to it […]

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