The Warmshowers organization is based on hospitality, socializing, courtesy, generosity, camaraderie and information sharing. I am an experienced Warmshowers guest, having accepted the hospitality of nearly 200 hosts in the last 4 years and each occasion was more than positive.
I just spoke to friends of my daughter in California who had had two cross country riders from the East Coast stay at their home and the experience caused the hosts to feel used and abused. The riders accepted their food, shelter, and use of laundry facilities yet hardly spoke to them at all. They headed to the bedroom and spent the majority of their time on-line before going to bed. The buffoons had no desire to get to know their hosts.
These gracious people told me they look back at the experience as very negative and stated that they would never allow a stranger to stay in their home again. I would like to say to those rude riders that an attention to manners is most important during a hosting experience. Socializing is a driving force of why most hosts want to open their homes to travelers and when they are ignored and treated with a lack of respect, you embarrass the entire organization.
If momma didn't teach you how to behave under someone else's roof, please do us all a favor and take a moment to ask just about anyone what is expected of you.