I have been hosting for years, long before facial pictures were a requirement. I have always relied on a combination of the Airbnb ID verifications and my own pre - approval conversations and I am very direct in my requests for information. A picture or image of the guest never came into the equation for the first few years as they weren't available. They foster stereotyping and & make guests and hosts vulnerable to having their image misappropriated online.
I completely agree with a written description about the guests!!!! It is a common occurrence for our guests to be brand new to Airbnb. I don't need a photograph but enjoy having one.
My four musts for an inquiry to be accepted :
- Confirmed ID
- A text in the profile
- A small message along with the inquiry (I do not use instabook)
I feel its basic to do those few things when asking to stay at someone's house. It's a nice way for me and my husband to filter guests. Maybe Airbnb shouldn't change this feature so we can still have this kind of filter :P
But I do agree, before being able to make a request, guests should have a minimum in their profile. Maybe Airbnb could approve pictures and filter the group/landscape/blurry ones ?
As long as they have uploaded a verified photo ID it makes no difference to me. Many guests do not want their information or photo plastered over the internet and I respect their right to privacy in this. I have had no problems with this approach.
I agree! It's very frustrating having to ask guests to tell me more about themselves. I don't like to book to groups of college aged kids because they tend to be the worst guests. I'd like to know their age and profession. A blurry photo with sunglasses with a one sentence bio is not a proper profile.
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I just went through trying to get some information out of a prospective guest who only has a photo and the Airbnb requirements - no text profile. It is stressful and uncomfortable for me to have to ask questions about them and I would like Airbnb to encourage or require guests to tell about themselves before they are able to request.