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One man’s (definitely, definitely not creepy) ‘hacking’ of OKCupid ‘to find true love’:
just not dating at all.
Not reading all that, but does it mention the potential main flaw/misconception with these sites that people are best off being matched to, and thus dating, identikit versions of themselves, with exactly the same opinions, values, cultural tastes as each other?. Who wants to go out with themselves?. Must make for some terribly dull couples. I guess, overall, it is the best system, but.....idk.....
if they do end up fancying each other. I didn't read it either, has he worked out a way to predict if people would fancy him?
''identikit versions of themselves, with exactly the same opinions, values, cultural tastes as each other''
well a few couples have met each other on DiS?
That's not true across the board though. Someone who always wants to be the centre of attention probably doesn't want to be with someone else who always wants the limelight, for example
he still had to go on loads of dates until he found someone. he can do creepy shit like this until forever but there's no avoiding that as soon as he meets someone they can tell he's the kind of bad bellend who does this sort of thing.
also, presumably a very large number of people were getting notifications from his "hacking", so... kinda unethical?
I’ve never had the pleasure of using internet dating, but as far as I understand it he was basically spamming as many profiles as possible with notifications…
All so that he got to have dozens of terrible dates rather than the handful he had before.
Still, he seems pretty proud of it all.
what, the article ends with him getting engaged, thanks to the method , to someone who sounds cool
As summer drew to a close, he’d been on more than 55 dates, each one dutifully logged in a lab notebook. Only three had led to second dates; only one had led to a third.
than finding love based on how you answered a questionnaire. Unless there's some special lady out there who puts 'Don't know' for everything.
but not at tube stations or supermarkets?
who apparently used the chat-up line 'Would you like to have the most amazing sex of your life tonight?' on pretty much EVERY woman he ever met.
Had something like a 0.1% success rate so worth thinking about, right lads?
It's not like he didn't answer the questions honestly, he just made sure that he answered the ones that would likely increase the pool of shown matches.
He seems pretty up front about it all, and still appreciates that it comes down to making a connection with someone face-to-face IRL.
I don't really see it as being that different from a single guy who sits at home every night deciding that he should get out and go to pubs/bars to increase the chance of meeting someone he likes, and who likes him back.
Maybe if that guy had 12 stooges out and about collecting personal data on every single woman he might meet in those bars first, ran data analysis to determine what was important to them based on that info, then somehow drew attention to his existence repeatedly until some of them started a conversation with him, with the majority of those who did then seemingly disliking him, followed by him boasting about it all to the first girl that didn't.
Yeah, that's probably the same.
The analogy stands up if the single guy asks his friends to recommend a bar where a) it's not full of blokes and b) it plays music he likes.
"He picked out the 500 questions that were most popular with both clusters. He’d already decided he would fill out his answers honestly—he didn’t want to build his future relationship on a foundation of computer-generated lies. But he’d let his computer figure out how much importance to assign each question, using a machine-learning algorithm called adaptive boosting to derive the best weightings."
The importance weighting is pretty central to the whole process and he's got the computer to assign optimal answers.
Fair play for the two of them finding each other, but he sounds a bit of a gimp.