Hello everyone and we hope your week has been a happy one.
Since we opened this community forum to all back in April, we’ve been assessing how it can best help and serve both our members and non-members who arrive here to contribute, get involved and connect in our community.
We’ve tried different ideas incorporating your suggestions, to see how practical they are, and we have so far allowed owners to post details of their house sits.
There is a dedicated category for Last Minute Sits (within 7 days of starting) which is working well when the pinned guidelines are followed. We also have a lengthy topic called “Christmas Sitting” where many Christmas sits have been posted.
However, increasingly we are seeing member owners and non-members posting house-sits as individual topics, across a range of categories with, and without links.
The sentiment from recent feedback is that these posts can detract from the purpose of the forum: A place for those sharing a love of pets and travel to come together - share advice, find support, and discuss all things house sitting, pets, and travel. They are also confusing to new members and more difficult to moderate and manage.
So we’ve made the decision to stop the posting of sits (with or without links) in the forum topics and from December they will be deleted. Anyone posting will receive a direct message with a standard explanation as a reminder.
The Last Minute Sits category will remain for sits starting within 7 days. Please use the category assigned for this and the format suggested.
The TrustedHousesitters website really is the best place to advertise your house sit listing to get the maximum exposure, keep your messaging in one place, and make sure all procedures and guidelines are followed to ensure you experience the best possible outcome throughout the process of securing a sitter.
Your website listing provides you with the optimum opportunity to attract your perfect house sitters, including information about your home, your pet’s needs, and your expectations. This is detail that may be missed here on the forum and lead to potential misunderstandings.
If you do need extra assistance with your listing our Membership Services Team are available to help and advise, you can contact them by email at email@example.com
And of course we do allow (both owners and sitters) to put a link to their listing or profile in their forum profile.
We hope you all understand and see this as a positive move to keep the forum focused on connecting our members for the purpose it was intended. Our guidelines can always be referred to here.
All the best
The forum team - Angela, Vanessa, Paul and Therese