2012 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free

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2012 Dating Sites Reviews Choice Awards - Free

The recipient of the Editor's 2012 Top Pick - Free Award goes to OkCupid. This service has always been geared towards singles finding long-term relationships. This is in part due to the fact that it has always promoted it’s matching system, the mathematicians behind it and their member tests. The tests are created by members to help in the match process and can be about almost anything.

While this service is not the biggest free dating site, its members argue that it produces the best matches. The reason for this is the match questions and member tests. Most questions have 4 parts:

  • The question
  • The answer (multiple choice)
  • The question’s importance to you
  • An explanation of what the question means

No question is required for OkCupid to produce matches but the more you answer truthfully the greater chance you will meet someone special by searching for members with a higher average match score. Questions can be marked private and you can change answers when needed. When viewing someone’s profile you can also compare your answers with their public answers. Profiles also let you know roughly how often the person replies to a message. This is useful to let you know what chance you have of receiving a reply back to a message you send.

OkCupid qualifies as a free dating site but it does have a paid upgrade option. The free membership allows you to create a profile, search and communicate with members. The monthly paid upgrade gives you additional search abilities, more privacy options and marks your profile as an A-List user. The paid upgrade also removes all advertisements and allows you access to rating pages and to see who likes you.

Read our review of OkCupid for more information about this online dating service or visit OkCupid directly.

This Year's Runner Up for this award is: Plenty of fish