Map “Pin” vs Actual address
Browsing one of the cities in my country ( Australia) today, I noticed a number of members whose pins showed in the CBD ( downtown business district)
Closer examination however revealed that several did NOT live in the CBD at all – at least one was 13 kms away, another much further.
Does this matter ? Well, it would be possible for a traveler to contact this Host, even arrange a Stay, without realizing that the map location was incorrect ( and very misleading). If you were very unlucky, you could backtrack to your arranged stay, adding 13 x 2 km to your day (!)
Why do Hosts do this ?
• Some seem to think that Guests are unable to comprehend an address that they ( the Guests) can’t locate on eg a map of the World.
• Some Hosts want to “attract’ any visitors to their region, as though there is a competition (!) for having Guests; to do this, they provide a false but …. “ catchy” address in a metropolitan area, in the hope of enhanced “harvesting” from the available supply of Guests … [I have seen a Host in Istanbul who describes this explicitly in his own Profile !]
• Some Hosts have an exaggerated sense of privacy and deliberately obscure their real location.
[ Do I need to say : my own Map Pin shows me ~ 100 m from my actual location, this providing complete privacy ]
Now, none of these reasons make sense to me, and I am continually surprised that Hosts see fit to do this.
it’s impossible to generalize about WS Members. But in my experience, there are plenty whose comprehension of the real needs of a bicycle traveler is ..not “well developed”, though I’d prefer to say “ poor” or even “ counter productive”.
I hasten to point out, some of these Hosts have much better FB than mine, so maybe this doesn’t bother anyone but me !
My solution : WS admin could Message these Members to explain the need for an accurate Map location. (It would need only a simple pro-forma message)
It would help if there were local “champions” in different places who could alert WS Central to these cases. As far as I know, there is no such system of devolved responsibility.