(Spoiler alert: being sceptical never made anyone happy in the short-term.)
When you say that you disagree, are you referring to the fact that I have no data to back it up? I expressed doubts that a cancellation would be a sufficient cause per se to cause a listing boost.
As a matter of fact, your comments validate my doubts.
- It was a week-end, which is of course much easier to rebook than a cancellation for a Thursday evening.
- You called Airbnb, which might enable some kind of bypass of the system.
- The Airbnb customer service, however nice, might also have no clue what they are talking about. The lengthy discussion we have had on the precise moment of the reviews double-blind period is my exhibit 1, as there were conflicting theories, all given by Airbnb customer service, which were all proven wrong, because, ultimately the code is not done by the customer service (I am not sure if that is good or bad even).
Most importantly, your behaviour regarding this cancellation was exemplary, way above and beyond the call of duty, and I, for once, sure hope that of all cases, you had a boost, and should have some advantage for a few months. Any lesser human being would have just let the guest cancel and suffer their losses.
- The decision was made by human.
My belief is that those specific circumstances are much more worthy of a listing boost than any cancellation without any hint of context. I doubt anything can be inferred from this entire stream of events to determine convincingly how the system works, all the time.