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I think it is important to distinguish between “full time/Nomad” sitters and “occasional” sitters, regarding the requirements of the Calendar.
The majority of sitters, in my opinion, will fall under the “occasional” category.
Full-time employees working in an office, supermarket, trade, teachers etc., with only a few weeks annual leave/holidays to sit, or families who can only travel during school holidays, so for them it is easier to add dates when they will be available to sit - possibly only once or twice a year, rather than has been suggested by some that the calendar is updated and unavailable dates are entered - Default Available on all dates
“occasional” members with dates on their calendar marked in green will most likely NOT want to sit in their local area, as they will be using THS to travel, so if an owner contacts them to ask if they are available to sit locally, the answer will mostly be no – although some may use this opportunity to get reviews.
The default calendar is “unavailable” to sit - White (maybe if the default was grey, would that make a difference - is it the colour or lack of colour that makes it confusing?)
If you think about it, there is no difference between adding dates you are available to sit or unavailable to sit - you still need to enter a start date and an end date so it should not take any longer.
THS will go with the majority, and I think it is quite a big majority - “occasional”
The Forum sitter members tend to be more “full time/nomad” sitters, so their thoughts sometimes look like the majority opinion, but that is not the case when the total membership is looked at.
Improvements in the calendar are needed, but any changes need to reflect the needs of everyone.