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However you need to be getting ready to find someone and marry. One site you might look at later is okcupid. I believe that, as Christians, we need to take a stand against companies who labor to blur the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, while using Christian dollars to do it. This has eventually ended the Union in divorce. IF SO it maybe possible to setup your computer to block as well….
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Although can everyone see when an email has been opened? Additional profile information unavailable. I can see her in My favorites, her active status and home photo. Is this a block or some other matter. When searching for profiles on the right there is a side bar listing newest match members. Some profiles listed under the newest members side bar have been on the match site for months. Does this mean they just renewed their subscription?
For example my husband is on there. I believe when reported, Match. I have two questions… If I have someone show up in my singled out match of the day do I show up for their singled out match or any of their daily matches?
Same question if I have a hidden profile. Recently, I could no longer see a profile that I used to be able to see. However, when I did a google search, I was able to view the profile that way. Any ideas on how that happened? Hey Brad, If my profile is hidden will I show up in other people matches? They added you as a favorite before you hid your profile 2.
The two of you communicated by email. Is their account finished? I suspect whoever your viewing has hidden their profile, some of the data is not shown until the un-hide it. Someone I have been dating says he no longer has an active profile. However, he is still in my favorites and when I checked it, his picture shows up, says he was active within an hour yet I cannot view any other details. Can you tell me if he has hidden his profile or has he deleted it? What does a search for someone look like if they have deleted their profile?
May — that sounds like a hidden profile to me. I had addded someone to my favorites list while hidden.. I could still view their pic and profile while being hidden.. A few weeks later they hid their profile as well, but I could still see them in my favorites when they were hidden..
Is it possible that they deleted their entire profile account from match?? Also, I had unhid my profile for maybe 10 mins.. If someone is in your favorites, but they are hidden, would tery be able to see I had made them a favorite even though they have now hidden their account?
Just still unsure about the whole dating site since being single and testing the waters.. Please reply when you can.. Hey Vanna — my best guess is that if someone in your favorites disappears entirely, they probably deleted their profile. Sounds like someone who initially hid their profile perhaps because he met someone and then once the relationship had moved further, came back and deleted his profile.
Hi Steven — I did some searching around and found this in the Match. If I am offline, will I be able to see missed IMs? However, anyone who wishes to contact you will most likely send you an email. So I guess this is some type of bug? It should be pointed out that Match.
So perhaps this is a problem like that? I keep getting email messages of being winked by different people but when I go to look on the website that persons profile is no longer visible. If this happened once or twice I would think nothing of it, but it has happened several times now. My roommate looked on Match. Is there a way to set my profile so that only users can see me? You can either hide it from everyone or have it visible. Wondering if it is possible to create a profile and keep it hidden to all, except those whom you contact.
If this is not possible, might you know why? I am in the process of creating a profile on Match. I am constantly in and out of the website as I add and tweak my profile.
I am have not subscribed yet and not sure I will at this point. Is my profile visible while I am in the process of building it? Any direction would be greatly appreciated Thanks.
Elle — I do believe your profile is visible as you create it. How can I get this to stop? So the question is, how do I get them to stop from sending these? You should be able to stop the emails here. I believe the default sort when you do a search is based on who Match. But you can change the sort in the upper right.
If you were asking something different, let me know. What if someone has the green highlighted profile and then they do not renew… will their profile remain green highlighted or will it remove the green? I have a question. Hi Brad I was seeing someone I met on Match but broke it off. Hi Brad, I have a new question. Does Match change your age automatically if a birthday has passed? How is that possible? Hi Brad, I think this has already been addressed but just wanted to ask a question for my specific situation.
So with that info. Or has he completely deleted his profile? Hey Emily — sounds like a hidden profile to me. Hi Brad, thank you so much for your reply. I have another silly question— so apparently match.
Does the resignation from membership delete the entire profile? Thank you so much again! Resign from membership should remove the profile, although again I think the language is a bit different when I used the site. If someone hid his profile and you had a link to that profile email, favorites, etc I think you should still be able to view it.
Okay so if you check match emails on your phone and you are not on wifi it will not record your activity as online now or give read receipts to the sender. If you have your wifi on for your phone it will show you online now and give read receipts. If you turn off your wifi off on your phone it will immediately change on match to activie in 1 hour then a few minutes later go back to active within 3 days or whenever you were last on the actual site.
The most accurate way to know if someone was online or checking emails on their phone is if they are saved under your favorites it displays more accurate times. Still you will only know if they use wifi.
For instance your favorites will show them active within 1 hour while the general search may say active within 3 days. I have tested it because it has been making me crazy. If someone is seriously exclusive they should remove photos and hide profile and not log on period. Thank you so much again for all of your responses!
Would it still go through if he has an active membership? Hey Steve — it would only show you once. I believe once you view a profile, you show up to them as someone who viewed their profile for 2 weeks. My bet would be that when you viewed the profile a second time, it just reset the 2 week timer.
I just joined and did an offsite search on myself when not online. The site said I was online on their site when I never was — I was simply reading personal emails and a few from that site. Of course I had to get to the bottom of this pronto. I had opened an email from the match. So here is what I believe to be happening — the site must use an image tracker. If you open the email and the image s load and some may be hidden it sends this info back to match.
Yep — you are on your pc…but not there! If I am not on the site it should not say so. Their images will not load and they can not do this to you. If you really want to see a link they sent you….
Just opening an email with instantly loading images will tell the sender you did…and what they do with that info is obviously up to them. This will protect you from being tracked and falsely portrayed as being online or active when you are not. You will notice when you choose this option how the links all have tracking devices attached to you and your personal email.
I recently searched to see if my ex had a match. He did no biggie , but when I selected the link on google, it brought me right to his page and my Match. If yes, then there is no point to hiding my profile if the damage is done. If there is no way to hide it, then my only option is to delete my acct, and start a new one….
Will that actually prevent him from seeing I viewed him? Or will blocking him maybe prevent him from seeing I ever viewed him though? Please respond at your convenience…. What advice would you offer for those of us who are trying to maximize our opportunities for meeting the right one while not getting discouraged in the process? Hi Bekah — the best advice I can give or what helped me the most was to not treat a first date as anything more than a first date.
Eventually, I changed my outlook and just treated first dates and a mini-adventure where I got to meet someone new. Bad dates just became funny stories to tell my friends and when the date went well, that was a nice outcome too!
I know, easier said than done, but it worked for me. Mostly because I think some people would find it embarrassing to have others be aware of how long they have been trying or to know how long their account was open for. What if you later unblock them but hide your profile and then view them again? Would you show up as viewing them? If you send me an email with your profile name, we could experiment, though.
I think you probably could. I know I could provide my personal email in my messages. But if not, you could probably spell it out. I know this means that is the last time that the person logged on, however what if it shows nothing at all? Does it means this person is not a subscriber?
I just joined eHarmony. Maybe 2, but mostly all over the U. I just wanted to browse match. I have a profile set up, but no subscription. He has a subscription, but it says it has been 3 weeks since he has checked it. From the other questions above, that looks like, it could be anywhere from 3 weeks to a year. I tagged him as favorite, but will he be able to respond to that if I am not a full member….
Can he see my email address if I have favorited him? And yes, people do have profiles without a subscripton. Hey Marlene — they do move these items around from time to time as the interface changed. Brad, when I view an old e mail from an ex that I met on Match, where the profile picture Used to appear now only says to check back later for a picture. Other people who never had a Profile pic just show a blank outline of a person.
Is there any way that I can tell if they Are still active? First off, thanks for being the resident expert here. My question is this: Does this imply that her account was canceled or is it something else blocked, profile hidden etc. Thanks again for your help. Do people drop off over time so only your most recent connections show? That would be my first thought since you can still see them in other areas.
She may have canceled her account as she could still look at your profile with a canceled account but she could also do that if her subscription was active too. That makes perfect sense now. Seems like she still has the account but canceled the subscription. It would seem weird that I would get blocked or profile hidden considering how well we were getting on but not seeing in the connections any more threw me for a loop since I had old, old connections still there.
But I can tell you a few more details that might help you answer other people. And they show up near the top too. Just wondering if people are still able to see the emails you have sent to them although my profile is no longer active? How long does Match keep a profile logged in after they log off?
What is the truth? Are they online or not? When looking at the list of those who I have favorited, there are a few that say hidden profile, which I understand. So is this giving me an idea as to when those hidden profile folks have been active, based upon when the non hidden folks were active? Some people will hide their profile but still be very active in viewing other profiles.
For example, if I was searching for profiles in Taiwan, only the ones written in English will appear. I would like to reach ones written in Chinese too. I suspect it may be the same for these other countries you are interested in.
I read some of these comments. I have been showing on line or within one hour. A friend is using free site and entered my user name.
I have not opened emails or the matches for the day email. This is causing a problem and I have notified match. I would like to get off of it and get a refund, this is absolutely wrong to show someone is online when they are sitting right there with you. I was dating a girl on match months ago and had her saved to my favorites. When I click on it now, without logging in, it takes me to a log in page and it shows her profile pictures and how many pics she has and the basic info along the right side but it also has been changing on activity from recently 24 hours to 3 days.
Her profile was hidden over 3 weeks ago. When I click on the link and log in from there it say profile unavailable because she is hidden.
I notice that some other profiles that I saved the same way are hidden and when I click on the link for them without logging in, they have over 3 weeks for activity. I would think that if someone cancelled their subscription the profile would continue to show hidden, but if they called in to delete their membership that everything would be removed including all pictures. Do you have any insight on this?
Hmm…this sounds like it could be a problem with the match website to me. I found out recently that my boyfriend of almost a year was getting Daily 24 matches from Match in his email … Anyway that can be a glitch or is it clear that he has re subscribed? His profile might be hidden, he just may not have unsubscribed from the emails. My girlfriend has a Connect account which means she can use unavailable mode.
So for example if she logs in once a day for three weeks in unavailable mode will it show her last logged in as three weeks ago or within last 24 hours? If the green box is still around a profile does that mean the profile is still active meaning the subscriber is still paying? I see someone who has not had activity in over 3 weeks, but the green outline box is still showing — wondering what this means.
Will this also apply to a profile of someone who has favorited and had email conversations with me? Hope this makes sense.
I think it could mean a few things: I keep getting notices of Winks and then when I log on, they are not anywhere to be found.
Cindy — is it possible that these are spam messages? Do they include a link to login to your account? Hello Brad- I have a question about the X feature where you can filter out profiles you are not interested in. If someone has filtered you out is that permanent. If you change your profile username does that make you reappear on their search lists? Sorry, not sure if I am phrasing this question right. However, with search filters, I believe that it really only affects the searching.
So if you sent someone an email, they should get it even if they had you filtered out on search. I have recently discovered his profile is still visible and active. He said he had let his paid subscription run out, but had responded to messages from 2 people he knows personally that had seen his profile and asked about his success on the site.
He unsubscribed and sent me a screen shot of the confirmation page. However, his profile remains visible and highlighted in green. His active status also continues to change. Is it possible that Match failed to remove the profile? When you unsubscribe, your profile will still be active for any time left on your account.
Regardless, I think if you can have him hide or delete his profile, that should have it removed. Unsubscribing might not be enough to get the profile to go away. I started dating my ex again that I met on match. We both have profiles up, but we did not have paid subscriptions any more. We both had favorited each other. We agreed we would not be active on there and see how things go, but did not hide our profiles at the time and said we might check our own account once and a while and let each other know.
I also had bookmarked her profile page. She has started getting a little cold and we talked and she seemed ok. When we first started dating again we were both still showing up in searches because we matched so high in what we were looking for. If someone is in your favorites, you can still see them even if they hide their profile.
I was emailing a guy and we were getting along well quite well and had lots in common. I sent him a return email and never heard back. I checked a week after I sent that email and it said last time he logged on was over a week. I realize where there are two or three gathered in His name there Jesus is in the midst. I am the type of person that can go and worship our Heavenly Father with all my brethern. The problem is that the people are afraid to say what they really feel.
On these sites they all are trying to get busy; but they want to do it undercover. They want to use God to get what they want which is the same thing that non-christian men and women want. The people that would not go out on a second date with you will probably alway be single. I read a few posts and I liked them. There is a very interesting site about this. I just sign up, and brother man is gonna pay for it.
I am such a catch evidently! I have tons to offer! I have everything going for me, and so many people are shocked that I am single! I am unable to be matched according to them. They actually reject people? Just call me Charlie Brown! This is no reflection on me evidently, but I really feel kinda….. It will be kind-of an embarrassment, I have to admit.
If you want the bottom line, skip to the end where the author describes her conversation with Neil Clark Warren. Hang in there…and maybe try one of the other sites! I recently closed my Christian Mingle account, which is owned by Spark Networks. I discovered a partner dating site launched by the same company Spark Networks , which provides dating options for gays and lesbians called Spark.
I know that some will rationalize their participation with Christian Mingle, but if we were talking about a different scenario, such as abortion clinics providing low cost physicals to Christian women, would you go there? I believe that, as Christians, we need to take a stand against companies who labor to blur the lines between right and wrong, good and evil, while using Christian dollars to do it.
While no one is perfect how ever if person says that their a christian does their actions match up with what they say and what they do. If so they are walking the walk and talking the talk. While their maybe certain dating web sites were a small segment does link up and connect single people and they do get married. Get to know the other person and. To patiently wait on others first and ask questions from the other person in the mean while to formulate and discern when the best equal timing to move forward.
Knowing how long to wait and the timing of when to proceed are a crucial key with anything a person does or says. While actions speak louder than what a person says.
When a person knows when to wait and when to move is able to be patient and listen known speak carefully and answer correctly to ask thoughtful questions to be spiritually well rounded to have a kind heart a giving spirit a friendly attitude is gracious with what they have to give is friendly and loving towards others. I am surprised this post does not even mention OKCupid.
I have been on OKCupid for 2 years and have found that it is very easy to be matched with Christians. They have a number of questions that ask about your faith i. Having read about other dating sites not tried any others yet , I feel confident that OKCupid is the best way to find Christians and know the depth of their faith and how they live it out.
And finally…OKCupid is completely free! You can message anyone and receive messages under the free option. Also there are many filtering options for searches: Thank you very much for this info J Lee Harshbarger. I completely disagree with your choice of e harmony been there and the man that I meant all 4 try to hustle me out out money! They lie and e harmony did nothing about it!
I have been married 3 times and all 3 times to women that are not of my faith. This has eventually ended the Union in divorce. Then I found out why. The same group claiming to be LDS had 2 other websites that they were indiscriminately sending me women from, one was an Italian Women Dating Site, forgot the other , wanting to meet me. I am so glad to have found your site. Thanks for this list! Here is a newer site I came across in a search — http: I guess i will like to meet a man that will truly understand what relationship are men for…..
There I met my husband-to-be. I was really lonely, having lost any hope to find HIM and be happy. In few days HE texted me and asked me out! If your looking for a different kind of dating website altogether you should try this dating website datehero. I have had the opportunity of using several online dating sites. I think it is a wonderful method of meeting new friends and potential mates. We have very recently created an online dating community for the spiritually minded christian.
Its very new so we are looking to grow it! Our desire is to eliminate or discourage the dishonest from registering. There are a few mechanisms in place but its not fool proof. Our desire is that the community is truly a Christian one! Check it out for yourself http: What were your criteria for determining which would be called a Christian site? Married persons posing as single persons are on those sites with no way to weed them out.
It might be a good idea to start with a definition of what constitutes Christianity. Now because it is a site with lots of members a benefit of having launched by a large internet company in the early days allows it to garner a late data base of users. But Christian — is a bit of a strecth. Excuse the late response. I am not sure you intended to reply to my comment. I am unsure what you mean in reference to my comment. I am a single mom and have taken a long break from the dating scene.
Since I am way into middle age and living in Asia, my chances for a match are slim. Will anyone recommend looking at a match in a different location?
I had a very BAD experience with eHarmony and only found after my experience that it was far from uncommon. The have a common practice that even if you have the automatic renewal turned off, it automatically charges your credit card again. They do not offer refunds ever. I was able to challenge it through my credit card and eventually got a refund, Uterus it was a hassle. As far as the actual matching, I live in the LA area, so I had no shortage of matches, literally hundreds over my 6 month membership.
I had a total of 4 return my communication over that time. Of my 4 matches, only 1 had similar conservative Christian values like saving sex for marriage only.
For how much money I paid for the membership to only come out with just one possibility was so not worth it. Add in their questionable business practices and I recommend everyone to stay away from eHarmony! Search the internet and you will find many similar stories.
I sent an e-mail asking about what had happened and they asked to send confidential documents. I thought it is very strange. What do you think about that? May be a scam? Fusion is actually pretty good. There is no fee, but there is only one man who operates the site, so it might take a few days for your profile to be approved. You can search as much as you want, send emails via the site, all username unless you choose to reveal your name.
You can post 3 photos of yourself and change them as often as you want. I never paid anything, but still update my profile and photos with very little wait time. I tried the other sites mentioned here, but removed myself quickly. I had given up entirely on online dating when I received my approval to fusion I had forgotten I had submitted a profile. So, I say, check it out — nothing to lose. However, my experience with them is that my account got hacked so I had to sign up with a different email and they did give me credit.
However, even after that, most of my matches are fraudulent. I get emails sometimes as often as five times a week where they pull one of my matches.
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This was wonderful to read and helpful as I am praying about joining an online dating site. If someone is in your favorites, but they are hidden, would tery be able to see I had made them a favorite even though they have now hidden their account?
I could still view their pic and profile while being hidden.. Scam Survivors also works to make life as difficult as possible for fraudsters, baiting them, wasting their time, closing their bank accounts and killing their fake social networking profiles. I met my husband there 5 years ago, we have two girls now?
Hi Steven — I did some searching around and found this in the Match. However, this morning I received an email, dting said that he viewed my profile and another one that he just dating site for seniors reviews me an email. Looking for a post on a online dating first email closing topic? I would like to get off of it and get a refund, this is absolutely wrong to show someone is online when they are sitting right there with you. If I am offline, will I be able to see missed IMs? What are they even thinking? In my opinion she and he should be able to understand each other.
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