The number of Warmshowers hosts is growing in Germany. This is nice - but also seems to cause a new kind of problem:
In my (small) town there are now about 5 hosts and a lot guests now seem to ask at least 3 possible hosts in parallel (without telling first). It usually takes me half a day - after getting the request via WS - making shure we can host the guest and to prepare a detailed answer, what we can offer, how to met, where to reach in the meantime... Then: no response. On the day the guest initially announced to come I wrote a message asking urgently for a short note (online or by phone) when they will arrive. Then in the afternoon or late in the night or on the next day I get a reply, and they explain they had asked several hosts in parallel, the other host had answered quicker and they hadn't had the possibility to give notice.
What could solve this problem? I can understand the advantage of asking several hosts in parallel. But it should be self-evident to give notice to everyone right in the moment you have decided on one host. It is not fair to keep all possibilities open "just in case".
Maybe the guest should mention which hosts they ask (sometimes the hosts know each other) - so the hosts can decide between them which is best suited in the moment? Mybe there could be a technical solution?