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Overall rating by BeaUSA
Ease of use80%
For a free site, this is eons better than Plenty of Fish. POF is like the Ross of online dating. It's aesthetically a disaster, and there's a ton of crap that you can't sort through. Though certainly maybe .001% are worth a shot. But I'm not a "Ross" kind of girl-- so I don't think my type of guy is there either. A friend of mine loves it though (we always joke, however, that she ends up with starving artists).
The layout of the site is very manageable. My favorite part of this site is how easy it is to x people off from your searches so they don't come up in the future-- it's better than Match.com even-- as the whole page doesn't have to reload everytime you x someone off-- on Match it takes 5 minutes to x off five people-- here about 30 seconds. The result is that after you've worked your way through profiles you're interested in or not into, you have very manageable results. Additionally, unlike Match.com, you can secretly mark favorites, give people ratings/stars or notes, or even choose to turn profile viewing onto secret-- meaning you can get organized without feeling like you made an announcement to the person that you like them.
Yes a lot of the questions are stupid, but they're user generated. It's free-- so it happens. The matching / enemy count is also helpful I think-- though I take it somewhat lightly, a 40% enemy or so is definitely grounds for ignoring. The tests also help round out profiles more than you get on the scant "Match.com" profile-- and you just have way more control than e Harmony (which doles out profiles for you to view on their own whims).
As for quality, I went out with one guy who had a girlfriend (yeah... not cool)-- though that has happened to me in real life and on Match, too. And have also met one who's not my type, and another who I'm now happily facebook friends with. I've been on about a year, and only met 3 people in person (my choice-- I get about 15-20 emails / mo-- average is about 8-9 for women I think)-- in the same time, I've probably met 20 from Match.com (where I get about 30-40 emails/mo). If that gives you a feel for "quality" or "quantity" (I'm picky, but hey)-- so be it.
I live in Los Angeles. I'm 29, I think this site caters to the under 35 crowd. I get hit on by a lot more young guys here than on Match. Match-- more 33+.