I find dating websites fascinating. I tend to join them out of shear curiosity. I’ve had profiles on pretty much every dating site you can think of. Mostly to see how creepy they were and what the quality of matching is.
There was one that I didn’t get to be on, because it judged whether you were hot enough to join and, because I joined at I guess a slow part of the week, I didn’t get enough votes to be judged effectively. I left PlentyofFish because of the extreme creepiness of all of the members who contacted me. I still have an OKCupid profile and it’s ridiculously filled out because I needed to get 100% completion. Goals people. I don’t mind OKCupid, though I get a fair amount of creepsters, partially because there’s lots of neat data that they analyze for you. Their blog is awesome.
And then there’s the mainstream ones. Match.com, eharmony, J-date (which seems to have a ton of not Jewish people who aren’t willing to convert, I guess looking for Jewish people anyway?), chemistry.com are all major yawners. I suppose the fact that I’m not willing to pay for online dating negatively impacts my experience on these sites, but even when they have things like “free weekends”, I’m not very impressed with what I see.
And then there’s the little specialty sites who have so few users that there’s no point in joining if you don’t live in New York. I even joined one where people would have to pay to go on a date with me (what an awesome idea!), but there’s like 10 people in a 100 mile radius who aren’t super Christian. Though that may just be a demographic fact, not a fault of the site.