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Andy Arnott

Mark,

This seems like a good idea, but their members should be doing this for them. If you have to pay people for this then you loose the sense of community. We will have have something similar in Collaboradate V1.0, but we will let our trusted users take this role. Users will know the site better, and also be able to help new users through any pitfalls.

Sam Moorcroft, ChristianCafe.com

"The Online Ambassadors are not responsible for explicitly notifying members with whom they correspond of their status as Online Ambassadors."

They are *not* responsible to let people know who they are? If so, isn't that a tad misleading? A member receives a message, thinking it is from someone who is genuinely interested, and who actually isn't, but isn't responsible to come clean?

Or, is this a typo? I think it is.

Neal

Wow - interesting find...though I'd interpret its meaning differently. Remember a year ago when both Match and Yahoo were sued for having fake people on the site to periodically email people and encourage their engagement etc? Sounds like the same sort of deal here .. excep they're calling them ambassadors.

Ugata B. Kidding

My question is whether they are really using the OA's to test people to see if they are scammers? Or are the OA's a scam? It seems as if the OA's might be used to feign interest in someone and help keep the subscribers (males) keep paying for their subscriptions. I can tell you that I have no doubt in my own mind that a certain other service does have ghost writers feigning interest.

Gordon Smith

We've been using a similar concept to online ambassadors on our friendship sites. We send a personal welcome message to every new member. Many respond! :-) It's really important for ourselves AND our members to understand that there are real people behind the screens, and this is a great way to do that. You also get to meet some interesting people.

JudgeMe

Its possibly to test for spammers / scammers, on my site i do that by running checks on the first messages each member ever sends, which is normally a good way of checking. Maybe they are actually just for greeting new members.

Michael

It sounds like a way to get people to pay, especially for those with less attractive profles.

Clay Elliot

I think I am less hip on this one than you, Mark. There's been lots of instances of sites 'stoking' people into becoming members by sending messages from fake profiles. The only way the members can respond is to get out their wallet and sign up. Seems that if sites wanted to see if users were spamming, the easiest way would be to look at their sent mail. I guess my comfort level with this would depend on how visible their 'Online Ambassador' designation is.

Julia Dorofeeva

I agree, it's great when the Dating Site takes care of its users.

But how competent those ambassadors will be? There should be something like a test for them. Probably they should put the listing of the current Ambassadors on a special page of the website (with photos and some info) to make people view the staff and feel free to contact them. What do you think?

Markus

http://www.ripoffreport.com/view.asp?id=142721&view=printer

Thats a pretty damning report by a former ambassador, if true mate1 will have a lot of legal problems.

banjovi

The OA's are a scam. When my membership expired, I received email notices...I re-joined...what lo'? It was OA's sending me the emails...

Andy

Total scam, I was almost fooled by a beautiful woman on mate1 but soon realised it was all a pack of lies, You really think that these dating sites want you to find your true love? LOL! This Ambassadors deal is a FARCE! and should be ilegal!

bilo

Andy is absolutely correct. I tested this theory with a handful of different, honest accounts-- all me.. i got the same emails from the same "ambassadors" on all the names... with the same timing. A different ambassador will email someone who logs in daily every 3-5 days -- consistently. And right before and right after your subscription expires, they lay them on thick making the users want to resub thinking "maybe this time this is a real inquiry" to find out it was another bogus message from a bogus person. "Online Ambassador" is a loophole disguised as a novel idea by Mate1 so they can legally get away with spamming their users and scamming them into staying or renewing.

If a user RESPONDS to one of these friendly OA messages, they get the same response no matter if they wrote one line or a detailed paragraph regarding something specific. The message is always along the lines of "How have u been doing? LOL" and if the user responds, it may take several days for the OA to respond again (if ever) with the same bs kind of message. A legal scam with the only defense is exposing it as many places as possible

I systematically would report them all as spam.

bilo

The "Online Ambassador" tag is not displayed prominently in any way.. you actually have to dig for it.. The easiest way to tell these scam profiles are by looking for the most professional, fake pose, or airbrushed looking photos of every "beautiful lady" stereotype in the book, and sure as shit--itll be an OA.

bilo

These OA's do not "help users with their profiles" in any way.. the closest thing they do is report profiles who try to sneak outside contact info onto their profiles. Can you blame them? It's like smuggling contraband into an overly oppressive facility. If it was a good site, people wouldn't feel the need to do such things.. but everytime they trick their users into thinking someone is interested, another poor schmuck is out another 50 bucks. I tried Eharmony once...thought it was cult-like garbage practically waiting for the shring of L. Ron Hubbard to appear in the bannerspace, and they gave me a refund-no hassle.

William Norton

I am organizing a class action against Mate1. An "expression of interest" which is fraudulently made to induce a man to pay to join the site is obviously actionable. I am eager to put these facts in front of a jury and let them decide if Mate1 is on the up and up.

If you are interested in joining the class, please email me.

DTS

Yes, I once was a paid member of Mate1 and none of the messages I replied were responded by senders. A few days aftrer my membership expired, I started to get letters again from 'Ambassadors'. I am still getting letters. I figured that these letters were scams by finding out the time they looked into my profiles. The time those 'ladies' see my profile are unreal, somewhere between 2 and 5 AM! I praise you for organizing a class action against Mate1. They have been sending fake letters and had broken people's hearts. If you need any support, I would be happy to provide it.

DTS

Yes, I once was a paid member of Mate1 and none of the messages I replied were responded by senders. A few days aftrer my membership expired, I started to get letters again from 'Ambassadors'. I am still getting letters. I figured that these letters were scams by finding out the time they looked into my profiles. The time those 'ladies' see my profile are unreal, somewhere between 2 and 5 AM! I praise you for organizing a class action against Mate1. They have been sending fake letters and had broken people's hearts. If you need any support, I would be happy to provide it.

Ted

I too joined mate1 and as soon as my membership expired here come the oa online actors none of them were even close to what I was looking for and they sent emails I would be happy to join a class action lawsuit in fact I would put money towards it rather than give mate1 another dollar it is truly a scam designed to take advantage of lonely men since we are the only ones being charged for this service as women can join free!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nyth

I would be glad to join a class action lawsuit as well.

I'm glad I only paid for the 3 days membership (1.95$).

What a bunch of...

Doogie

I know all the hype of the OA's on mate1..let me shed some light being my best friend is a former OA. First, they told her she would be there for technical support. That her job was to respond to questions about the site. Then she started having thousands of emails in her inbox a day that she was supposed to respond to. She tried her darnest to answer them..but couldn't..she never led anyone on...telling them she was an OA and did they have any questions. The reason profiles are viewed at 2 am is because it literally takes into the middle of the night to try to get your 80 percent done.

Peter

I joined for 1 one month and found a genuine girlfriend with whome I have been with for nearly 2 years now. Have always been suspitious of OAs ... invariable they have not even viewed your profile before they communicate.

Kendra

Let me add ANOTHER angle to this mess: I applied for a temp Online Ambassador job at Mate1. One of the "requirements" is to create a profile and upload photos, etc. IF they choose to select you, they'll let you know in 10 business days. I have absolutely NO interest in meeting anyone on the site. I'm just waiting to get a response as to whether or not I'm hired. I've received over 400 views in the past week and a half and countless emails. I have not been hired and there's nothing on my profile saying I'm just there for a job. So I'm REALLY misleading people! They have two more business days before I pull my profile - OR maybe I'll just change my profile to include a link to this URL.

shabazz

In a particular way it could be considered fair. You can call them "virtual entreneuses". PR's in discos or entreneuses in night clubs they try to help you to find your way to spend lots of money. So OAs are there to help you to spend your money but you know you HAVE to spend it!

dd

Take a look at the site workplacelikehome.com and all the women working for or wanting to work for mate1...just signup and do a search for mate1. It's crazy! And none of them care about any men out there lol

cyto

Well I'm glad I did a search for this OA thing. I was about to fill out an application, but thought I should check it out first. Now I think I'll just skip it.

Dana

Ha ha. Yep. It's a scam. I was on Mate1 years ago and recently signed up again. I forgot about the 'online ambassadors'. I have not paid for membership and i have 13 emails in my inbox. I can guarantee you they are all probably 'online ambassodors'. I turned off my email notification after receiving 2-3 emails saying someone is interested and they were all online ambassadors. Pretty crappy scam considering some people are really looking for someone and Match1 pulls this kind of thing and creates false hope for people really looking for love. Mate1 is not worth it.

L

In my opinion (and I say this to cover my ass legally - this is SOLELY my opinion) I feel that this is misleading. Someone I know (cough) was hired as an Online Ambassador and the goal was to get members who haven't subscribed to pay for a membership. Essentially, acting as bait, then maintaining conversation to keep men paying.

Of course, this is purely opinion ;-)

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