If a reviewer selects “Yes” to their match being a quality person, they are redirected to a screen on their phone where they can select up to five positive hashtags describing that person — including #adventurous, #boyfriend Material, #great Smile, #hilarious, #perfectattendence — that show up on their profile for others to see, but the raters will always remain anonymous.While many daters grapple with mathematics on their first date (“Could he really be only 35 if he graduated in 1985?
The latter covers inappropriate behavior online and in person, whether they’re in a relationship or if their profile is fake (or they spam other users) and whether they lied about their age or physical appearance. More than half of online daters (54%) say dates have “seriously misrepresented” themselves in their profiles, a 2013 study by Pew Research Center found. On the positive side, he adds, it looks like it will give a broader perspective about a person.
And, in a separate study of users on Beautiful People.com, a site where existing members actually rate newcomers to see if they’re attractive enough to belong to the site, nearly one-third of men and 17% of women say they lied about their age. “It would be interesting to see the grade of the person by type, family, exes, co-workers,” he adds.
“I expect all the Cs and below would likely have to quit the site.” Like other dating sites that rate users, The Grade doesn’t allow people to write comments to help prevent people from engaging in cyberbullying, says Clifford Lerner, chief executive of SNAP Interactive Inc., which makes The Grade.
“We want to bring accountability in dating,” he says.
“It has led to a lot more low-quality users who were hostile and offensive and the main reason was there was no accountability for their behavior.” “We want to weed out the creeps,” Lerner adds.
“If you lie about your age, they’re going to see that you have lied when you meet or they will eventually have to tell you.” Now you can do something about it for the next person who comes along, he says, by rating someone as “not a quality person” and privately choosing the reason why so The Grade can keep track of user behavior, and others can view the overall grade.The good news: You can also choose to rate someone as a “quality” person.Dating sites are finally trying to tackle one of the biggest problems among their lovelorn customers: People who lie about their age.Location-based dating apps like The Grade and Tinder are forcing their members to connect through Facebook to create more transparency about age and real first names (or, at least, as they are given to Facebook).On Facebook, there’s a limit to how many times users can change their birth date, even if they don’t publicly display it.If someone changes it and wants to change it again, they will likely have to wait a few days before they can edit it anew.