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Overall rating by jorma
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I foolishly signed up for the paying account of POF without doing research on it. It was cheaper than most, so that's not the issue, but it would be better to avoid this site. I usually would take anything a guy said in complaining about a dating site with a grain of salt because there are so many odd-thinking, disgruntled men out there whining because they were banned for sending pics of their cox or something, but seriously, this site is not good.
Essentially, the site is like the personal blog of the founder (who calls himself "Big Fish" on the site....which is a trifle douche-y in my opinion). Which would be fine except that he's the kind of guy who probably wasn't popular with the ladies and he feels the need to curry favor with them. For instance: according to him, 3000 idiots of the hundreds of thousands of emails per day used to send unsolicited pics of their sex organs to un-suspecting damsels, so they yanked the ability of men to send personal pictures with email (but not women, they're ok so they can still do it).
Somehow women on other sites manage to survive the horror of such visions and the offending fools just get banned, but not POF. Then there's the age thing: men are only allowed to search profiles within 14 years of their own age. I know that there are a lot of 70 year old dudes who want to trade up and get a 19 year old, sure, I'm also positive that that is annoying for women to have to open the mail, read it over several times, look at the pictures in disgust and then write a message to Big Fish to complain about it instead of just deleting without even looking like most women at other sites do, but who is he to judge what men can and can not see?
These sudden and un-considered decisions are always done against men, as if they are the enemy and have to be carefully controlled so that they don't offend the fragile female customers who are apparently too frail and sensitive to manage on their own like adults. And it's all done with such an arrogant and offhand way, with spite and with painting all men with the same brush. Basically, Big Fish would prefer that there were no other men on the site at all. In my case he will get his wish.