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Dating App Review: OKCupid
Among other things, TheSpark. SparkMatch debuted as a beta experiment of allowing registered users who had taken the Match Test to search for and contact each other based on their Match Test types. The popularity of SparkMatch took off and it was launched as its own site, later renamed OkCupid. However, the original Dating Persona Test has since been removed. Since August , an "A-list" account option is available to users of OkCupid and provides additional services for a monthly fee. Users were asked instead to consider other browsers. These options—which included asexual , genderfluid , pansexual , sapiosexual, and transgender categories—were added to make the website more inclusive. Rudder prefaces the experiment results by stating: That's how websites work. When the photos were restored, users who had started "blind" conversations gradually began tapering off their conversations, leading Rudder to remark "it was like we'd turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight". Rudder also suggested that doing this actually caused people, who were originally "bad matches", to actually like each other: Even when they should be wrong for each other". In one article, James Grimmelmann suggested that companies like OkCupid that conduct experiments on users without their knowledge are potentially breaking the law. Grimmelmann suggests that this process goes beyond a simple agreement to the terms and conditions of a website, which OkCupid CEO Christian Rudder referred to as providing a mere "charade of consent". In Maryland, for example, House Bill requires that all research, whether publicly funded or not, must comply with the Common Rule. OkCupid CEO Christian Rudder attempted to defend the company, in part by suggesting that it would be unethical not to experiment on users: But like, what if it had gone the other way? What if our algorithm was far worse than random? We wanted to let you know! Best, OkCupid" data scraping and release[ edit ] In May , a team of Danish researchers have made publicly available the "OkCupid dataset" project, containing as of May 2, variables describing 68, users on OkCupid for research purposes e. Although the company later clarified that nicknames or initials would be acceptable,  despite a list of "banned words" being employed, this change has been criticized as potentially paving the way to harassment of individuals and minorities  and doxing ,  and it has been noted that unlike other dating sites that encourage the use of first names, OkCupid "encourages long profiles full of intimate details, including candid answers to questions about sex and politics", making connecting that information with a real name more problematic to users. Journals are not available to new members and the feature is now "retired. OkCupid was the first major dating site to offer unlimited messaging free of charge,[ citation needed ] although this was limited in late when OkCupid's official blog announced the site is "getting rid of open-messaging" and making sent messages invisible to the recipient until they in turn interact with the sender. A-list members can also browse openly while choosing whether or not their profile is displayed to those they visited. Matching[ edit ] To generate matches, OkCupid applies data generated by users' activities on the site,  as well as their answers to questions. When answering a question, a user indicates his or her own answer, the answers he or she would accept from partners, and the level of importance he or she places on the question. The results of these questions can be made public. OkCupid describes in detail the algorithm used to calculate match percentages. Assuming a user is a paid user "A-List" , the site notifies a user if someone likes that user.
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