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May 20, 2013 12:28 PM
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My name is Markus and I created POF/Plentyoffish. When I created POF, I wanted it to be all about finding relationships with the right person. For the first 7 years this worked really well, I got the site to 10 million users without any employees people and POF was generating a ton of relationships. Around 3 years ago, everyone started using the website via mobile phones. Today about 70% of POF use is via a mobile phone and unfortunately about 2% of men started to use POF as more of a hookup site mostly due the the casual nature of cell phone use.

In sticking with my vision that POF is all about Relationships, I'm going to make a bunch of changes to ensure it stays a relationship-focused site.

1. Any first contact between users that contains sexual references will not be sent. Anyone who tries to get around this rule will be deleted without warning. This rule has actually been in effect since last month and it's made the site so much better.

2. You can only contact people +/- 14 years of your age. There is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact a 18 year old women. The majority of messages sent outside those age ranges are all about hookups. Anyone who tries to get around this rule will get deleted.

3. Intimate Encounters will go away in the next few months. There are 3.3 Million people who use the site every day, of those there are only 6,041 single women looking for Intimate Encounters. Of those 6,041 women, the ones with hot pictures are mostly men pretending to be women. Intimate Encounters on POF can be summed up as a bunch of horny men talking to a bunch of horny men pretending to be women.

In short the vast majority of people will not be impacted. This is because the vast majority of people are not going around spamming women saying "let's have sex tonight". I can't change POF alone, I need your help to get the word out there that POF is all about relationships!

Markus


Interesting that the horny men looking for sex are actually horny men!!! laugh

Anyway, hoorah to POF for trying to cut out the sex pests!! bigsmile
May 20, 2013 12:31 PM
hahah I just posted this in confessions.
May 20, 2013 12:36 PM
Haha good on them although that only cuts the really stupid pests.
May 20, 2013 12:43 PM
It's a great idea in theory, however most of those "filters" are already in place. You just have to set them manually.

I had already filtered the ages that could email me and they were also blocked users that were seeking an intimate encounter.

I haven't been on there in awhile...I may try again, but who knows.
May 20, 2013 12:45 PM
Did they only send this to women on POF??
May 20, 2013 12:56 PM
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Did they only send this to women on POF??
I've received it too.
* checks crouch *
embarassed
May 20, 2013 1:52 PM
I don't use POF but this is good. I agree with the +/- 14 years thing...it is absolutely true.
  7587537
May 20, 2013 2:01 PM
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Did they only send this to women on POF??
I've received it too.
* checks crouch *
embarassed


I think you mean crotch Florian?? Unless you were checking and crouching at the same time...lol
May 20, 2013 2:09 PM
I deleted my POF recently. I was tired of all the horny old men.
May 20, 2013 2:12 PM
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I deleted my POF recently. I was tired of all the horny old men.


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May 20, 2013 2:19 PM
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I deleted my POF recently. I was tired of all the horny old men.


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Hi Anna!
May 20, 2013 2:44 PM
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I deleted my POF recently. I was tired of all the horny old men.


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Hi Anna!


Hi darling. I'm gutted I can't chat you up on POF anymore. Damn those 15 years between us......lol bigsmile
May 20, 2013 2:51 PM
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Did they only send this to women on POF??
I've received it too.
* checks crouch *
embarassed
I think you mean crotch Florian?? Unless you were checking and crouching at the same time...lol
Oops! You're right. Well, either way, I can't see the little man, so I have to crouch too. laugh
May 20, 2013 7:35 PM
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I don't use POF but this is good. I agree with the +/- 14 years thing...it is absolutely true.


There are probably ways around the rules. The 50 year old guys will just start pretending to be 25 year old guys.
May 20, 2013 7:55 PM
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Did they only send this to women on POF??
I've received it too.
* checks crouch *
embarassed
I think you mean crotch Florian?? Unless you were checking and crouching at the same time...lol
Oops! You're right. Well, either way, I can't see the little man, so I have to crouch too. laugh


Anna you made me LOL!!!!
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May 20, 2013 7:56 PM
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It's a great idea in theory, however most of those "filters" are already in place. You just have to set them manually.

I had already filtered the ages that could email me and they were also blocked users that were seeking an intimate encounter.

I haven't been on there in awhile...I may try again, but who knows.


I agree with Becky, a lot of those filters were already there if you knew how to set them up!
POF is a hit and miss IMO... I have used the paid sites too, and while they may attract more serious people, they still attract a lot of 'douches' So I gave up on paying.. reposted my POF profile and we will see.
  6459278
May 20, 2013 8:37 PM
But what if I like the cougars?!
May 20, 2013 8:42 PM
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I don't use POF but this is good. I agree with the +/- 14 years thing...it is absolutely true.


I actually disagree with this. I've been attracted to men 14+ years older than me.
But I'm not on POF or any other dating site so I guess it doesn't affect me.
May 20, 2013 8:45 PM
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I don't use POF but this is good. I agree with the +/- 14 years thing...it is absolutely true.


I actually disagree with this. I've been attracted to men 14+ years older than me.
But I'm not on POF or any other dating site so I guess it doesn't affect me.


Hi.
May 20, 2013 8:49 PM
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I don't use POF but this is good. I agree with the +/- 14 years thing...it is absolutely true.


I actually disagree with this. I've been attracted to men 14+ years older than me.
But I'm not on POF or any other dating site so I guess it doesn't affect me.


Hi.


A little too young for me.
May 20, 2013 8:53 PM
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I don't use POF but this is good. I agree with the +/- 14 years thing...it is absolutely true.


I actually disagree with this. I've been attracted to men 14+ years older than me.
But I'm not on POF or any other dating site so I guess it doesn't affect me.


Hi.


A little too young for me.


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May 21, 2013 9:15 AM
Huh. I've never even had a POF account. I don't get annoyed by spam really, if anything it makes me laugh before I delete it. So even if I did sign up I wouldn't care so much.

But I know a lot of ladies disagree with me. I'm interested to see if it does make a difference.
  857661
May 21, 2013 10:02 AM
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Huh. I've never even had a POF account. I don't get annoyed by spam really, if anything it makes me laugh before I delete it. So even if I did sign up I wouldn't care so much.

But I know a lot of ladies disagree with me. I'm interested to see if it does make a difference.


I'm kinda with ya. I think it's hilarious to get messages on MFP that are from 50 year old men in Vermont that are trying to hit on me.
  7587537
May 21, 2013 10:36 AM
LFM Random Hookup PST tank and spank
May 21, 2013 3:24 PM
Lol, I find this funny, but I love POF because that's where I met the man with whom I have the best relationship I've ever had. So, yay for POF! laugh

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