|Reviewed by: Will Peters|
|Number of Reviews: 40|
|Average Score: 72|
Initial review: 7/27/2006One surfer commented that I wasn't harsh enough on this one because he or she had experienced issues with the search feature. Today when I tried several searches I would agree that it gave me grief, sometimes seeming to work other times returning seemingly random results and it defaulted to profiles with photos even when I unchecked that option. I already was direct about the fake email responses to my nearly blank profile all from women when I had test selected man looking for man. There still is only a chat option for paid subscribers and DatesXXX seems to suspect to risk spending money on.
Still, Dates XXX is a banner ad I'm sure you'll have seen any number of places, since often they advertise on porn sites. Promising an exciting alternative to mainstream dating I decided myself to check out since they make it sound like getting laid is a sure thing for members.
When signing up one is impatient to see, what kind of potential partners are waiting inside, so it's tempting to rush through the profile process so you can browse right away. It is common knowledge that unless there is a minimum of required fields to complete, many merely curious folks will never go back to finish descriptions. Mandatory questions can seem annoying but guarantee at least a minimum of overall quality to the collective profiles.
At DateXXX, the only piece of information one must give, is one's age, so my test profile consists of nothing other than my regular and Chinese zodiac signs with the date of my last login. Hardly, informative or interesting for anyone, even if you think an Aquarian Metal Pig might be your astrological match from the heavens. Nevertheless, apparently my sign is powerfully attractive since in only a few days I had received more than half-a-dozen responses to my ad.
When I do these test runs, I often choose male seeking male since my experience dictates that sites that send fake emails enticing to upgrade normally don't bother with special "gay" versions. Proof in point, all the responses I got were from women living everywhere by my own city. One sweet thing did say that we should skip the tap dance and go with her dick in my ass. However, I really found when looking at her picture that the existence of said penis was highly improbable, almost as unlikely as me meeting her ASAP since she lived seven hours away by plane, but her words still touched me.
Of course, to respond to any of these "real" women, I needed to upgrade so that I could send email or chat live. The only thing free is winking. Can I say for certain, that one couldn't meet someone genuine on Dates XXX? No, in fact, the profiles of members currently online seem somehow more authentic, as do some others I see while browsing both male and female profiles. However, the descriptions of the chicks (even the one with a dick) that supposedly sent me emails had realistic photos and plausible write-ups that didn't seem formulaic. Initiating a more direct contact with someone that would confirm their realness requires one to have already paid the standard membership rate risking being ripped off, so why bother?
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