Updates from the development team: February 13th, 2022

We publish regular development updates to let you know what we have been working on, as well as what's coming soon.


A quick overview of what the development team will be working on in the next few weeks.

Improvements to dashboard and map search

We are working on a number of ways of streamlining the user experience when searching for a host to make it easier and more likely that you find a host. This includes redoing the ordering algorithm, redesigning the dashboard, and redoing the map page.


We continue translating the platform. If you'd like to help translate Couchers.org to your language, please fill in the translation form!

Latest features and bugfixes

Here's some of the user-facing features we worked on since the last update:

  • General: we've merged the landing page and platform and moved everything under https://couchers.org by Aapeli, Lucas and Darren [#2362, #2495]
  • Search: completely redone search ordering algorithm by Aapeli
  • Messaging: implemented conversation muting by Aapeli and Lucas with assistance from Christian and Darren [#2471, #2525]
  • Verification: implemented phone verification via SMS by Aapeli with assistance from Christian and Darren [#2397, #2540]
  • Community: fixed duplicate headers on community edit page by Darren with assistance from Aapeli [#2539]
  • General: we now self-host fonts instead of relying on a third-party by Aapeli with assistance from Lucas [#2544]
  • Settings: you can now delete your account from settings by Sam and Aapeli with assistance from Christian [#1630, #1677, #2528]
  • Events: highlight invalid location as error before creation by Darren with assistance from Aapeli and Lucas [#2521]
  • Preview: implement notifications for chats by Aapeli with assistance from Christian [#2472]
  • Preview: unsubscribe from notifications by Aapeli with assistance from Christian and Lucas [#2475]
  • Profile: fixed display name wrapping by urbullet with assistance from Darren and Lucas [#2509]


Since the last update, 29 people contributed to Couchers.org through 400 changes that changed 21.3 thousand lines of code. A warm welcome to all the new contributors who joined in the project and helped out on the codebase!

None of this would be possible without our 120+ volunteers working in all areas of the project. The development teams would like to thank the rest of the core contributors for making our work possible.

Join the development team

You can join our development team on GitHub at Couchers-org/couchers; or if you don't have time right now, give us a star to show your support! We work in the open and need as much help as we can get to build the next generation couch surfing platform!

Written by Aapeli. Published on 2022/02/13.

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