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Among other things, The featured a number of humorous self-quizzes and personality tests, including the four-variable Myers-Briggs style Match Test.
Spark Match debuted as a beta experiment of allowing registered users who had taken the Match Test to search for and contact each other based on their Match Test types.
Coupled with data released by the dating app Tinder showing that only 26 million of the 1.6 billion swipes that the app records per day actually result in matches (despite users spending on average about an hour and a half per day on the app), an article published in the December 2018 issue of The Atlantic concluded "Unless you are exceptionally good-looking, the thing online dating may be best at is sucking up large amounts of time." The site revealed that one experiment included removing users' profile pictures on January 15, 2013 ("Love is Blind Day") and analyzed user responses to messages, conversations, and contact details.
When the photos were restored, users who had started "blind" conversations gradually began tapering off their conversations, leading Ok Cupid's CEO Christian Rudder to remark "it was like we'd turned on the bright lights at the bar at midnight".
Editorial posts from 2010 by an Ok Cupid founder in which and pay-dating were criticized for exploiting users and being "fundamentally broken" were removed from the Ok Cupid blog at the time of the acquisition.
On March 31, 2014 any user accessing Ok Cupid from Firefox was presented with a message asking users to boycott the internet browser due to Mozilla Corporation's new CEO Brendan Eich's support of Proposition 8.
Rudder updated the "Ok Trends" blog, which consists of "original research and insights from Ok Cupid," for the first time in three years in July 2014. ," the post discusses three experiments run by the website without the knowledge of users.Any adult may join the site and all users may communicate with others via private messages or an instant messaging "chat" function.Ok Cupid was the first major dating site to offer unlimited messaging free of charge, although this was limited in late 2017 when Ok Cupid's official blog announced the site is "getting rid of open-messaging" and making sent messages invisible to the recipient until they in turn interact with the sender.In a separate A/B test, Ok Cupid used a placebo number instead of users' true match percentage.
The results suggested that doing this actually caused people, who were "bad matches" under the original algorithm, to actually like each other: "When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are." The revelation that Ok Cupid conducted these experiments on users led to much criticism."Credential stuffing" describes using passwords stolen from one service (like another dating site) to attack another service, on the assumption that many people will reuse passwords across websites. The site used to have a highly active journal/blogging community as well.