[CS msg: Hikecrazy] Hi! Welcome to CouchSurfing - Greetings from San Francisco!
Finally, you might have heard or might hear in the future that CouchSurfing has recently changed its status from a non-profit organization to a B corporation, which is in fact a for-profit company. It is important to underline that CouchSurfing and its base services remain still FREE to use: so far the only OPTIONAL paid service is the verification service.
Now, this is all fine and dandy, untill you get a bit more into the thing; another couch-surfer (or at least somebody with a CS profile) says:
don't touch the couch request-button! It has finally been decided: CouchSurfing International Inc. has been denied charity status, as many of us have predicted would happen since 2007. It's official now: Couchsurfing can no longer pose as a charity, but is forced to admit it's a hardcore commercial business. Don't be fooled by the claim that CS is 'a socially responsible B corporation'. This only means they bought a B-Labs certificate, and has no official status whatsoever. CouchSurfing is commercial. This is a big step forward. Now the bunch of incompetents that call themselves the CS management (...)
//NLSSMT ; http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=1TL0TF5&from_search
Ach, weel, what can we do? As long as CS isn't buying blood diamonds in Africa, cutting down the forrests in Sumatra, etc. Or is it?