Hi all, I am happy to be joining you!
I am a software engineer (backend java) and a long distance bike tourer.
I was a contributor to the community built WarmShowers Android app (50+K installs in app store) when the 30 years old organization connecting bicycle touring travelers and those who want to host them, over the period of 5 years slowly changed from fully open and transparent, volunteers built platform and apps to a payed service that locked its own community (160K members) behind paywall.
We published a message from the developers: https://WarmShowers.bike (where you can also find a short background story) and started to think about building next generation federated platform as a long term remedy for the issues bicycle touring and other hospitality exchange communities faced in recent years (CouchSurfing did similar thing).
I’d like to discuss the idea more and possibly get some help in the direction where to go next.
Edit: I moved the idea to separate discussion: Hospitality exchange community considers moving to the fediverse ;)