MeFites residing with other MeFites: an airbnb profile option? October 7, 2015 8:20 AM   Subscribe

Good afternoon. One has a request for the consideration of MetaFilter. Could one's airbnb profile be added as an option on one's MetaFilter profile page?

One is unsure of how many other MeFites are also guesting, and/or hosting, on the Internet airbnb service.

This particular service is the source of frequent questions on AskMeFi so am guessing there is some use, if not interest. Personally, if there was a choice between several similar airbnb places in the same location, I would be more inclined to see such an abode was hosted by a MeFite and select that particular residence. It feels like an extra level of validation, especially as MeFites are overwhelmingly considerate, fair and most splendid people.

One is aware that there is already an airbnb MetaFilter group, arising from this particular Talk.

In addition, with many people operating airbnb as an additional or top-up source of income to directly help pay the bills/loans/butler wages/rent/mortgage, it feels more appropriate for my purse of guineas to be opened in that direction rather than that of a multinational chain of inns, or similar.

Thank you for reading, and possibly considering, this feature request and I wish you a marvelous rest-of-your-day.

(Philosophical distraction: if a MeFite stays at an airbnb run by a MeFite, does it make it a spontaneous meet-up?)
posted by Wordshore to Feature Requests at 8:20 AM (36 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

It's something we could consider for the Also On services on profile pages. The usual process there is for a requestor to add it to the queue on the Also On page on the wiki and we can evaluate it from there based on the general criteria we apply to those things.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:22 AM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ah! Splendid. One was unaware of this procedure and page, and was incorrectly assuming such requests were debated within this upholding chamber of MetaTalk.

My thanks to you, Sir Cortex. (Rides off on pony to read before nightfall).
posted by Wordshore at 8:49 AM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


It would be nice if there was more of a public notice when more Also On sites are added. Updating the wiki is fine, but plenty of people aren't watching that page…
posted by Going To Maine at 8:55 AM on October 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


One has a room available in Balmoral.
posted by Wolfdog at 9:03 AM on October 7, 2015 [6 favorites]


When one reads these strange pages of one long gone one feels that one is at one with one who once…”
posted by languagehat at 11:11 AM on October 7, 2015 [8 favorites]


One is the loneliest number.
posted by maryr at 11:34 AM on October 7, 2015 [3 favorites]


Juan? Is that you? Why are you talking so funny?
posted by yhbc at 12:13 PM on October 7, 2015 [11 favorites]


after looking at the wiki page, it seems like "not a social network" is a common reason for things not to be included.

is airbnb a social network?
posted by andrewcooke at 12:20 PM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


Depends how you use it, really.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 12:58 PM on October 7, 2015 [1 favorite]


"these strange pages..."


contransmagnificandjewbangtantiality. Illstarred heresiarch. In a Greek watercloset he breathed his last: euthanasia. With beaded mitre and with crozier, stalled upon..."

Joycean Sorcery!
posted by clavdivs at 7:32 PM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


*sigh* what I wouldn't give for a Metafilter roommate service....
posted by tzikeh at 8:23 PM on October 7, 2015 [6 favorites]


That awkward moment when you realize that constantly referring to yourself as "one" is more self-aggrandizing than referring to yourself as "I"/"me"
posted by John Cohen at 8:43 PM on October 7, 2015 [2 favorites]


I am the loneliest number?


Also about the real question, I'm not sure how useful this would actually be - if I'm going to a city, is there a way to search for users with AirBnB profiles in or near that city?
posted by aubilenon at 9:05 PM on October 7, 2015


Will other businesses be added?
posted by Cranberry at 11:31 PM on October 7, 2015


Also about the real question, I'm not sure how useful this would actually be - if I'm going to a city, is there a way to search for users with AirBnB profiles in or near that city?

Manually, yep. In your profile, change your location to the destination you intend. Then browse the nearby MeFites that come up. There may be other ways.

Also useful for IRL meetups, if you need an overnight. Staying with a MeFite also probably means there's a transport, or companion, solution to attending said revelries.
posted by Wordshore at 12:52 AM on October 8, 2015


Manually, yep. In your profile, change your location to the destination you intend. Then browse the nearby MeFites that come up

So I can get a list of mefites, and then ... just click on each one of them until one shows up who is running an AirBnB? That's gotta be way less than one in 20 people doing that, right? Clicking through 20 or 30 of 50 profiles is only a valid approach for the most pathologically dedicated of users.
posted by aubilenon at 1:11 AM on October 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


Will there be a MiFi discount?
posted by sammyo at 4:13 AM on October 8, 2015


$20 SAIT
posted by crocomancer at 4:37 AM on October 8, 2015 [9 favorites]


That awkward moment when you realize that constantly referring to yourself as "one" is more self-aggrandizing than referring to yourself as "I"/"me"

One has not experienced this "awkwardness" you describe.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:56 AM on October 8, 2015 [4 favorites]


I am not the loneliest number I am the loneliest free man!!
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:04 AM on October 8, 2015 [7 favorites]


I'm not on airbnb, but if one Mefite was to wander all the way out to these parts I do have a couch and Mefites are generally good people so I would consider hosting one. But just one.
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:25 AM on October 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Does Airbnb have tags, or a way to search through listings? If so, people could also add a MetaFilter tag or work it in to the listing's text.
posted by Room 641-A at 3:22 PM on October 8, 2015


(Philosophical distraction: if a MeFite stays at an airbnb run by a MeFite, does it make it a spontaneous meet-up?)

If you declare it so, then it is so. I've been at more than a few BBQs and pub gatherings where we've looked around and gone "umm there's 6 MeFites here, I guess it's a meetup".
posted by russm at 5:59 PM on October 8, 2015 [1 favorite]


I would consider hosting one. But just one.

At a time or like ever? Or maybe you have a specific mefite in mind? I might be overthinking this.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:05 PM on October 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


Hey cool, a metafilter Airbnb group, I don't have a clue how groups work but that would be neat.
posted by jeather at 8:29 PM on October 8, 2015


One is understandably confused by some language constructs, but what can one do.
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:36 AM on October 9, 2015


One does not simply walk into Mordor.
posted by double block and bleed at 2:02 PM on October 9, 2015


On the contrary, one feels the difficulty of walking into Mordor has been rather overstated.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:08 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]


For what it's worth, I oppose this based on thinking airbnb as a company is a vampire that escalates involuntary displacement while shirking traditional hotel tax rules and other sound regulatory guidelines.
posted by latkes at 5:27 PM on October 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

On the contrary, one feels the difficulty of walking into Mordor has been rather overstated.
It's walking out that gets one the once-over.
posted by Hardcore Poser at 12:06 AM on October 10, 2015


One was under the impression one calls for an eagle when it's time to walk out.
posted by Dr Dracator at 5:41 AM on October 10, 2015


Eagles are like Uber for when one is in Mordor.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:43 AM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


One does not simply walk into Mordor Baltimore.

I mean, y'all are welcome, but you might want to sit down and think about it.
posted by sidereal at 11:32 AM on October 10, 2015


Eagles are like Uber for when one is in Mordor.

Well, they did disrupt the hobbit-capturing business real good on a number of occasions.
posted by Dr Dracator at 12:18 PM on October 10, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm late to this MeTa (having just today sent an email to the mods asking to add AirBnb as a profile option *grin*) – the MeFi group link returns a 404 for me, and there doesn't seem to be a way to search for groups... AirBnb are redoing the whole groups thing for this November. Is there a fresh link for the MeFi group that works?
posted by fraula at 1:05 PM on October 30, 2015


airbnb is now an option in profiles. We also added Atlas Obscura, WikiData, Atavist, and Weather Underground personal weather stations today.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:52 PM on October 30, 2015 [2 favorites]


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