Using a three-point scale (Bad, Mediocre, and Good), we categorized each message we received.
Good messages were respectful, asked something about our profile, and displayed a sincere interest in getting to know us better.
The rest were either impersonal, spammy, a neg, and/or downright obscene.
During our two-week testing period, we found nine promising matches.
That’s not great when you consider the 70-plus results OKCupid served up for us, but it was better than any other site we looked at.
Of the 114 messages we received, only five were from legitimate, interested users — 4 percent to OKCupid’s 12 percent.
POF’s website isn’t very intuitive, which can make finding that needle in a haystack even more complicated.