I’m a member of Aussiehousesitters & kiwihousesitters to give me more opportunities, in addition to THS, for sits while I’m travelling in NZ and Oz.
There’s always a lot of discussion on this forum about the slow, or lack of, response by owners and sitters to applications/requests for video chats etc. The other 2 platforms mentioned have a reply rating. People start off with 5 points but if there’s been no response within 5 days that rating is dropped to 4, and so on I presume. This is the message I get when that happens:
“ We’re sorry about the non reply
Unfortunately, a first contact message you sent 5 days ago, received no reply.
As a result, the recipient has had their Reply Rating reduced by a point.
We have also archived the original message in your account as a reply is unlikely.
Message Recipient: xxxxxxx
WHY PEOPLE DON’T REPLY:
Often, the reason is simply that people find it difficult to say “Thanks, but No”. Then of course, there are things like illness or computer issues. Either way, we actively encourage a culture of courtesy and cooperation, hence the Reply Rating.
THE REPLY RATING:
The Reply Rating is one of the ways we work to maintain a high quality member experience across the board. For first contact messages, we send a number of reply reminders to the recipient, before we apply a penalty (reduce their Reply Rating).
We trust you have a better experience with other messages.
Aussie House Sitters team”
I wonder if THS might consider implementing something similar? Obviously I appreciate it might come down the list of priorities like the review system & sorting out the 5 applicants pausing which most members seem to be unhappy with.
If you like this idea please cast your vote in the top left hand corner