According to my unreliable calculations, 74pc of Ok Cupid members have been to that tiger ‘sanctuary’ in Thailand where you can cuddle a big cat with more drugs swimming through its veins than Libertines-era Pete Doherty.Even if you count your squeeze with a tripping tiger as up there with the best things that have ever happened to you, for the love of God don't tell Ok Cupid about it.And very brief profiles look like you haven’t finished writing it or you’re yet another scammer.
Each reported profile is seen by five or six moderators and we decide between us whether to take it down or demand a different photo be used.
Pro tip: asking questions on your profile gives her an interesting way to start the conversation. A corollary of the futile faceless approach is an attempt to look like a borderline certifiable artist by posting shots of yourself taken at weird angles and run through so many filters you might be looking at a bee. Just do what everyone else does and have a friend with Photoshop skills make you look way better than you do in real life.
Pro tip: avoid selfies – they make you look vain and girls often say they don’t want a boyfriend who spends more time in front of the mirror than they do.
Ah, the number of online dating profiles I’ve seen with that kind of Byron-worthy poetry.
But one thing that volunteering as a moderator on Ok Cupid has taught me is that it’s not just the Nigerian scammers who have a grasp of English shakier than Greece’s medium-term fiscal policy – more depressingly, it’s local morons too.