About Me

Hello, my name is Pauline and I have been a member of Couchsurfing (CS) since 2006 and have lived in Illinois for the past four years. Over the years, through CS I have surfed, hosted, attended numerous meetings/events/parties, contributed countless posts to the message boards, and made many valuable friends. I have absolutely no ties to Couchsurfing the company beyond my usage of their product, the Couchsurfing website.

Deeply concerned about the impact of the recent changes to the website and the resulting controversy, I have attempted to closely follow the current debate and have found it to be multifaceted and complicated. Over the course of several days, I dedicated myself to independently and voluntarily writing my detailed and objective-as-possible Summary of what’s been happening, titled: “CS Controversy: The Place Pages and Banned Ambassadors.” I have started a blog, because it is extremely important to me that members of the Couchsurfing community understand what is happening.

While I warmly welcome you, my fellow Couchsurfer, to share this summary with other CSers on the CS website, I ask that you please DO NOT copy and paste any of the text, because according to Section 4.3 of their Terms of Use, if is posted on the CS website, it can become the property of CS. In addition, because that is standard practice among many social media and other companies, please do no copy and paste any of my text onto any other website without getting my written permission FIRST. Instead, whenever you wish to share what I have written, please simply post a link to this blog.

Please note, in order to not violate certain sites’ Terms of Use, I have replaced the “.” with “(dot)” in several website’s URLs to avoid posting hyperlinks.

Disclaimer: The author, Pauline, does not endorse or necessarily agree with comments posted by others in to her blog.


Bloggers / Members of the Media

If you’d like to link to my blog, you’re welcome to do so. If you’d like to quote it, I kindly request that you please contact me first to make sure that the information is still accurate/current. You can do so by leaving a comment on this blog.

If you’d like me to list a link to your well-researched article on the Recommended Reading page, please feel free to send me the link.

Thank you,



Section 4.3 of Couchsurfing.org’s Terms of Use, Effective Oct. 10, 2012, verbatim:

4.3 Member Content License. If you post Member Content to our Services, you hereby grant us a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, create derivative works from, distribute, have distributed and promote such Member Content in any form, in all media now known or hereinafter created and for any purpose, including without limitation the right to use your name, likeness, voice or identity. You represent and warrant that (a) you own and control all of the rights to the Member Content that you post or you otherwise have the right to post such Member Content to the Services; (b) the Member Content is accurate and not misleading; and (c) the use and posting of the Member Content you supply does not violate these Terms and will not violate any rights of or cause injury to any person or entity.

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