Really? I've gotten a few borderline disrespectful CS requests lately (my profile is here). Sure, young and inexperienced, have mercy on them, etc. etc. Nonetheless, I think it's time for a bit of gentle schooling...
>LOCATION: United States - New York - ***
>ARRIVAL DATE: 4/9/10
>DEPARTURE DATE: 4/13/10
>NUMBER OF PEOPLE: 1
>ARRIVING VIA: Plane
>My name is *** ***. I'm going to Albuquerque this weekend to attend a seminar at the **** Institute. I know it's short notice, but I was wondering if you would be able to host. It's a lot of last minute planning, I just created this account because my girlfriend suggested I use couchsurfing to try to find a place to stay, so sorry that my profile isn't very extensive.
First rule of a successful couchsearch - read the profile of the person that you're addressing.
Second rule of a successful couchsearch - tell the person what specifically about them you think would make you a good match. what do you bring to the table? What about them interests you?
Third rule of a successful couchsearch - add relevant information and a picture or 2 to your profile. A couchsearch is asking someone to take time out of a busy life to provide you with a place to stay. It makes sense to reciprocate the effort by spending some time to write out a real, decent profile that tells your prospective host something about who you are.