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FAQ

  1. Exactly what is this Dating Service?
  2. Is membership free?
  3. What is VIP membership?
  4. How do I add my Profile?
  5. How can I view my Profile?
  6. How do I delete my Profile?
  7. How do I find people that match my Profile?
  8. How can I modify my Profile?
  9. I forgot my name (ID) or password. Now what?
  10. Who else has a Profile using my email address?
  11. My Profile is no longer in the DatingBase. What happened to it?
  12. I get too many matches with my Profile. How can I reduce the number?
  13. I get too few matches with my Profile. How can I increase the number?
  14. I get practically no matches but recently I had a lot. What happened?
  15. What determines a match?
  16. Why do I get matches from all over the world when I said only my country?
  17. How does location matching work?
  18. Why not add a Profile question asking
  19. How can my Profile be anonymous? I want to keep my privacy.
  20. How can I include more information about myself in the Profile?
  21. How can I get a free Web home page?
  22. What's a Yenta, anyhow?
  23. How do I send email to my matches?
  24. How do I read email sent to me by others that matched with me?
  25. If a person is on my list of matches, will I be on theirs?
  26. How did you create this Web site? What tools did you use?
  27. I have a singles Web site. How do I get you to list it on your links page?
  28. How do I contact you?

  1. Exactly what is this Dating Service?

    Gary and Deborah's Computer Dating System is an interactive match-making service that lets you enter information about yourself as well as what you want in a mate (match). Your information is saved in the DatingBase as your Profile. You are then able to match your Profile against the DatingBase to display the records that match your Profile.

  2. Is membership free?

    Standard lifetime membership is free. With standard membership, you can create a profile that other members may match up with and you will be able to match against others in the DatingBase. VIP membership adds many additional enhanced features for a small fee.

  3. What is VIP membership?

    VIP membership adds the ability to make sure those you match up with live near you, if that's what you want; you will automatically get an email when someone new joins that matches with you; VIPs are listed before others in the list of matches; you will be able to easily modify attributes of your profile permanently or temporarily to see how the matches change when you change an attribute; VIPs may display the full profiles of the matches; ad banners are supressed for faster web page display. Click the VIP button for full information.

  4. How do I add my Profile?

    You must be at least 18 years old to add a profile to our site. You start at our Dating entry page (http://www.webguild.com/dating) and then click on the New button to display the Online Computer Dating System logon page. First you must identify yourself by entering your name, email address and a password of your choice (twice to confirm). Click on the Submit button.

    A form will be displayed next. This form will allow you to enter your "attributes" as well as the attributes of the person you are seeking. Click Submit button after you have entered all the information and your Profile will be saved in the DatingBase.

    Your profile will then be displayed so that you can verify everything is the way you like it. If not, click the browser's Back Arrow to redisplay the Profile Questionairre and fix the entries you want to change and then click the Submit button again.

    An email will be sent to you indicating that you were added. It will include your name and password. Save this email for future reference.

  5. How can I view my Profile?

    Once your are logged on, click on the Display button and you will see all the attributes in your Profile.

  6. How do I delete my Profile?

    Go to the dating home page. Click on the Delete button. Some people delete their Profile shortly after adding it. This is OK, of course. You can then re-add a new profile later if you want. An email is sent to you to confirm the deletion.

  7. How do I find people that match my Profile?

    Go to the dating home page Click on the Match button. This will match your Profile against the people who have added (or modified) their Profiles in since the Match Date that is displayed. The Match Date will be filled in for you as the date you last logged on and ran a match. Using a date will speed up the matching process and not display matches that you have already seen. The Match Date field is next to the Match button. Blank out the date field to match against the entire DatingBase or change it to some valid date.

  8. How can I modify my Profile?

    You must be a VIP member to be able to modify your Profile. If you are not a VIP, you will have to delete and re-add a new Profile. VIP members can click on the Modify button to change any of their attributes.

  9. I forgot my name (ID) or password. Now what?

    Go to the dating logon home page. The only field you have to fill out is the email address field. Leave the Name and Password fields blank. Click on the Submit button and all the Profile's name and passwords registered at the email address will be immediately emailed to that address.

  10. Who else has a Profile using my email address?

    One email address may be used for up to three people. For example, you may add a Profile for yourself and your mother may also add a Profile for herself. Use the same email but different names and passwords. To get a list of all the Profiles at that email, use the technique mentioned above.

  11. My Profile is no longer in the DatingBase. What happened to it?

    Profiles are deleted from the DatingBase when their email addresses no longer work. This can occur due to people leaving their ISP, creating records with invalid emails or, occasionally, due to temporary Internet outages. If this happens to you, simply add a new profile.

    Another possibility is that your Profile is in the DatingBase but you specified your name or email address incorrectly. Case (upper/lower) doesn't matter, however, for either name, email or password.

  12. I get too many matches with my Profile. How can I reduce the number?

    When you create a profile, you specify what you want in a match. For example, you may say you want a female aged 19-38 and you don't care what religion, race, marital status, etc. she is. Chances are you will get a lot of matches unless you are a 75-year old married man:^)

    You see, your matches must match your requested attributes, but you must also match your match's requested attributes.

    If you get too many matches, recreate or modify your profile, being more restrictive in what you want in the attributes that matter (see What determines a match?). Also, if you get too many matches, only the first 25 (or 100 if you are a VIP member) are displayed.

  13. I get too few matches with my Profile. How can I increase the number?

    If you get too few matches or no matches at all, either you are not the type of person your potential matches are seeking, or, you are being too picky in what you are seeking. Another possibility is that you made a mistake in setting up your profile. Things like saying your religion is other or that you are married may reduce the number of matches.

  14. I get practically no matches but recently I had a lot. What happened?

    If you once received a lot of matches but now you get few or none, check that you are searching the whole DatingBase. Remember that next time you come back to our site and run the match, the MatchDate is initialized to only search people that have added new profiles or modified their profiles since your last logon. You can blank out or enter an older date and re-run the matches.

    Another possibility is that you became a VIP member. In this case, you may get fewer matches but they will be of better quality since your location requirements are honored as a VIP member. For example, if you say you want to match with only members in the same state, you need to be a VIP for this to work and it will reduce the number of matches.

  15. What determines a match?

    The matching process takes into account several of the attributes. The attributes must cross-match or the pairing will not be considered a match. This means that if you are divorced female, and looking for a single male, only single males will be displayed as your matches. Not all single males will be displayed, however. Only those that are looking for divorced females.

    That's a cross-match - "They" must match what you are seeking and you must match what "they" are seeking.

    In addition to matching on Sex and Marital Status, as shown in the example above, the other primary attributes must also successfully cross-match. The primary attributes are:

    • Age
    • Sex
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Location (VIPs only)
    • Religion
    • Race
    • Marital Status
    • Smoking
    • Height
    • Weight

    You may indicate multiple attributes as being acceptable to match or you may leave an attribute blank. For example, you may not care about the height of your match. There are three ways to indicate you don't care: 1) Click the Don't Care checkbox, 2) Click all the checkboxes, or the easiest, 3) Leave all the checkboxes unchecked. Doing this will give you more potential matches.

  16. Why do I get matches from all over the world when I said only my country?

    "location" matching is one of those VIP features. If you are a VIP member, the matches displayed will match your location requirements and you will match their location requirements - even if they are not VIPs. If you are not a VIP, your matches will be from anywhere except for those matches that are VIP's; they will be within your location requirements. If you match with a VIP, it means that geographically, you satisfy their requirements and they satisfy yours.

  17. How does location matching work?

    If you are a VIP member, you get to indicate how far away your matches should be. You can specify you don't care or that you want your matches to come from the same country, state or city. For countries that use ZIP (postal) codes, you can specify that your matches have the same first 1, 2 or 3 digits. Similar ZIP codes usually indicate "closeness". If you are too restrictive on this question, you may not get any matches. Experiment!

  18. Why not add a Profile question asking xxx?

    If you have a question that you think is important and should be added to the Profile questionairre, send us some email or Comments. There are no guarantees, but many improvement suggestions are taken.

  19. How can my Profile be anonymous? I want to keep my privacy.

    When you add your Profile to the DatingBase, enter a nickname or "handle" for your name. You could enter your first name and an initial. Using your full name is not recommended.

    For your email to remain anonymous, you could open an account at Hotmail, Juno, Yahoo, iName, etc. Check this list of free email services or Yahoo's list. That way you don't have to specify your real email address. Email sent to the Hotmail account (for example) would be automatically forwarded to your real email account.

    Also, be cautious when corresponding with your matches. Most people are sincere but there are a few out there who are not.

  20. How can I include more information about myself in the Profile?

    Some people would like to include additional text, photos or even voice clips with their Profiles. We don't directly support this however, you may specify a URL (Web page address) in your Profile. You can have it link to your own home page and you can have your personal info all laid out on your page. Another way to provide more information is to put an entry in the Forum GuestBook or Classifieds. People reading these will be able to view your profile (if you want).

  21. How can I get a free Web home page

    Maybe your ISP lets its members create home pages. If not, there are several services on the Internet that let you create free home pages. Check out the popular GeoCities as well as Yahoo's list. Once you have created your own Home Page, your page will have a URL that you can use when creating your Profile.

  22. What's a Yenta, anyhow?

    Yenta is a Yiddish word that means busybody. Yenta is the matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof.

  23. How do I send email to my matches?

    One way to send email is to use the Yenta feature. Each match has a check box by their name. You can check up to 5 of the matches and then click the Yenta button at the bottom. This will display a Web page containing a pre-made email message that you can send in one shot to each of the (up to) five matches you checked. The first line of each message will be personalized (Dear Deborah, for example). The remainder will be the message as displayed.

    The 5-at-a-time limit is to prevent email overloading of our server. You can easily back up and check 5 different matches, if you want.

    Before clicking the button to send the email, read the auto-generated email message. You should modify it to make it more personal and then send it. For example, if it says you are Very Tall, change it to say you ar 6'5" (or whatever).

    The email is sent with your own email address in the reply-to so if the match receives your message and clicks on Reply, it will go directly to you.

  24. How do I read email sent to me by others that matched with me?

    Unlike other systems, email between you and your matches is direct. You don't use our system to read email - just go to your email program (Eudora, OutLook, etc.) and read and reply from it.

  25. If a person is on my list of matches, will I be on theirs?

    Yes, in general. If you or they get over 25 or (for VIPs) 100 matches, those above are not displayed, so that is one way this cross-match would not display. Also, it is possible that they deleted their profile after they ran their match and before you ran yours.

  26. How did you create this Web site? What tools did you use?

    The computer dating program was originally written in the C language and run on a Unix Web server. Most Web Pages were created using a text editor, not a Web Page editor.

    The dating system was re-written in JavaScript Active Server Pages for the Windows NT IIS 4.0 Web Servers with a SQL Server database. Visual InterDev was the tool-of-choice.

  27. I have a singles Web site. How do I get you to list it on your links page?

    Send us an Email that you want to get added to our Links page. We ask that you add a reciprocal link to our Page to your own site's links page.

    The link should be something like:

    <A HREF="http://www.webguild.com/dating"> Gary and Deborah's Computer Dating System</A>

    If you support banners, you could use this:

    <A HREF="http://www.webguild.com/dating"> <IMG SRC="http://www.webguild.com/dating/images/banner.gif"
    ALT="Gary and Deborah's Computer Dating System"
    BORDER=1 WIDTH=440 HEIGHT=40></A>

    Which looks like:

    Gary and Deborah's
	Computer Dating System

    Our links page does not include banners, however, we do include a few sentences describing the site. If you would like to describe your own site, include the description in your request.

  28. How do I contact you?

    You may send us email to Gary_and_Deborah@Webguild.com. You may also go to the Comments page to send us some comments.


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Created by Gary and Deborah Davis

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