CouchSurfing, BeWelcome, and Trustroots

CouchSurfing is a community where people can stay in strangers’ houses for free when travelling.
There’s also real-life weekly meetups in many places.

In May 2020, CouchSurfing started charging a monthly subscription fee and put up a paywall, locking people out of their profiles. The community is outraged, but also positive about building a new site, owned and run by volunteers. People are recreating their profiles on and Meetups are renaming. People are requesting their data under GDPR, and visualising it using Couchspinner, or archiving their profiles using

This is a community in need of a technical solution, and I wish that Solid could be a part of that. There’s a great opportunity to make changes, particularly when deciding an API for the mobile apps for these platforms.


Please join the groups below and let’s chat about Solid, the future of the WWW, and how our volunteers can apply Solid in practice!

BeWelcome Feature Requests:

Trustroots Slack:

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Time To Leave Couchsurfing Facebook:

There’s also some video chats, the next on 2020-07-26 at 14:00 EDT. These are basically just social, but a great way to meet and get to know each other.

Hope to see you soon!

Hi @peterburk & Welcome…
This is a great example of exactly what Solid is build for .
I’ve played with Solid for a while and will take a look at the discussion. :slightly_smiling_face::+1:


@peterburk Welcome to the community!

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