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Comments on Sunday 25 January 2004:
From some observation, careful analysis, and a lot of spontaneous making things up, I have divined the meanings behind the percentage scale of personality-match used by okcupid.com. It runs something like this:

Below 10% - you shouldn't go near this person even if they're the last person on earth.
to 20% - you should only go near this person if they're the last person on earth. And you're desperate.
to 30% - maybe if you're trapped together on a desert island with no hope of escape.
to 40% - maybe if you're trapped together on a desert island with some hope of escape.
to 50% - maybe if you're trapped together on a desert island and probably going to be stuck there for a couple of months or so.
to 60% - maybe if you're trapped together with no company other than San Franciscans.
to 65% - maybe if your only choices are between them and the people in Washington DC.
to 75% - they're probably better than anyone you'd find in Chicago.
to 85% - you should probably express an interest in this person even if you're in Seattle or New York.
to 90% - you should probably express an interest in this person even if you're somewhere sensible - such as not America.
more than 90% - if this person tries to escape your clutches you should glue them to the furniture until they love you again. Unless they're yourself, in which case you should see a psychiatrist. Trying to escape your own clutches is bad for the intestines. Also, if you're less than 90% compatible with yourself then you're rubbish. [03:14]

AttackOfTheSpam
Hey! I'M San Franciscan. You will now be drawn and quartered and read bad poetry. Be afraid - I know beatniks. After all, all San Franciscans - or, indeed, Californians - must be stereotypically surfers or coffee-shop-inhabitors, musn't they? They couldn't just be regular people. Of course not.

wyndenai
You assume Ravenblack likes regular people?

Digi
It's not that San Franciscan's are coffee-shop-inhabitors, or surfers; it's that they're drug abusing homosexuals... who surf, and inhabit coffee-shops.

Gecko
ouch!! I'm Washintonian! Although we can't really be classified as normal...

RavenBlack
I don't think of San Franciscans as surfers or coffee-shop inhabitors at all. I think of them as whiny oversensitive people who will be amusingly easily offended by an offhand non-serious remark.

The Dritex
Here here! Not all places in Califonia are bad. I know I love my area...especially since it's bassically teh gehto of Orange County.

OmniMon
An odd thing....... typically with love/dating sites you want someone of the opposite sex (or not it's really a personal matter) But that kinda precludes compatibility with yourself; if heterorsexual.

That reminds me Raven how are sales of Revelations (I think that was the title of your self published book) doing?

Stefano
Haha<\/A>/ in my mind, before reading the comments: San Franciscans = a catholic order of monks (forgetting that, if it were the case, they'd be referred to as just 'Franciscans')

RavenBlack
OmniMon - why can't opposite-gender people be compatible by the criteria of such a site? Evidently no reason - Holly and I score 93% out of a seeming maximum of 95%.

The book's selling much the same as ever - one or two a week, or thereabouts.

RavenBlack
Tsk, misread the comment. Being the same gender as oneself, and straight, doesn't preclude numerical compatibility with oneself - there are very few questions along the lines of "do you have girl-bits?", so being of the wrong gender doesn't affect one's numerical compatibility, it just excludes one from searches entirely.

wyndenai
Another scenario wherein one can be more-incompatible with oneself are questions like the one about whom you'd rather "take charge" in intimate situations. Thus one would most likely answer one way and desire a partner that would answer otherwise. I think such are why I'm still at 88 to myself and therefore rubbish, though better than people in DC.

RavenBlack
Mm, I realised those ones, and was, of course, being facetious about the 90% thing. I get to score super high of doom because I'm fairly indifferent about who takes charge and such. And would even quite like a partner who truthfully answers yes to, for example, "are you the owner of the ravenblack.net domain?"

Digi
Aha, well I have a third way. I like to be a dominent force, but I want a partner who does to. This way we get a little edge of conflict in the relationship, and are compatible with ourselves.

Splendid.

Gecko
So... not to sound stupid here, but what exactly is wrong with people in DC? We're not bad, no we're not.

KJB
OkCupid would be even cooler if the pictures loaded half the time. Ugh.

And apparently I am most compatible with some religious tuba player in Ohio. Or was it Michigan? Dammit.
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