The other day I read this newsticker message from heise.de
(German) and thought that couch surfing
might be a cool way to travel and find a cheap&nice place to stay.
After I read that the rescue mission was successful
I signed up and filled out a great part of my profile. Now, these guys are still recovering so I didn't expect everything to work supersmoothly. But I cannot find a forum of any sort on their site, maybe I am just overlooking something, maybe they don't want a forum, maybe they'll add it later.
I tried to chat. But they use some
not-so-cool flash movie as chat application. Macromedia was kind enough to develop a flash plug-in for my fringe group browser
on my fringe group operating system
; this plug-in is not as good as the one for the windows platform: sometimes I cannot read text, sometimes I don't see anything at all, always it uses a lot of CPU time. So, I couldn't chat with the other users, and I sure do love chatting.
Now I am asking you: do you have experience with couch surfing, hosting; have you used their "service" or do you know of other, similar sites? Do you perhaps know some of the users/admins/founders; did you use the old system and could tell me if there was a forum? Do they have an irc server, or a channel on some existing network?
edit: misspelled word corrected (hat instead of chat)