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Ion Beza
June 17th, 2002, 03:50 PM
In this thread intended to get a reply from Jim Matysek, who I understand manages the USMS Forum, I am wondering if a designated section with personal ads for dating would be a good idea in the USMS Forum.

From my perspective as a single male investing in Masters Swimming I would believe so, since I keep on meeting women who have other profiles but being attracted to like-minded and similar, rare to find in 'fit' San Diego.

dcarson
June 17th, 2002, 04:00 PM
A little bit of a different but similar idea to Ion:
A posting area as such could be helpful for people looking for swim training partners when they either don't have a masters team near them or their work schedules conflict with masters team practice times. In particular, it might also be helpful for people to meet up with others training for some of the big national and international meets.

Ion Beza
June 17th, 2002, 04:38 PM
To Dan's post:
that too.

In the line of dating thinking, outside of my own motivation described in the starting post, I can see that the USMS web site would become more accessed than until now by people interested in meeting companions driven by fitness.

aquageek
June 18th, 2002, 12:35 PM
I would expect this post is meant to be humorous. While I can appreciate someone looking for a training partner, having this forum used for dating seems a little beyond the scope of what most people are using it for.

One thing I appreciate about the discussion forum is that it is focused on swimming. I say let's keep it that way. There are a zillion dating web sites out there already.

matysekj
June 19th, 2002, 08:52 AM
Ion,

We have no interest in supporting any kind of personal ads or dating service anywhere on the USMS site. Any such services invite abuse and are not in line with the core goals of the site as they are not swimming-related. As for Dan Carson's suggestion about an area to post messages about looking for swimming training partners, feel free to post any such messages in the General Forum.

Ion Beza
June 19th, 2002, 09:48 AM
Originally posted by matysekj
Ion,

We have no interest in supporting any kind of personal ads or dating service anywhere on the USMS site. Any such services invite abuse and are not in line with the core goals of the site as they are not swimming-related.
...

OK.

I wondered about it on a note of being a source of like-minded people.

Frank Thompson
December 7th, 2005, 11:51 AM
Here is the Answer.

geochuck
December 7th, 2005, 12:00 PM
If there was a dating spot my wife told me I cannot be involved? I asked her why not and she punched me.

craiglll@yahoo.com
December 9th, 2005, 03:41 PM
It seems to me that most of the people who post onthis site are married men. I'm sorry but I don't really want to date them.

ande
December 9th, 2005, 03:52 PM
There's plenty of dating websites out there
yahoo, match,

you can also screen them for women who are interested in swimming.

a friend of mine started a website called
www.equestriansingles.com
where singles who are into horses can mingle

is there a
www.swimmingsingles.com

Join the largest masters team in your area and meet the lovely single ladies, just don't pushy when hitting on them.

good luck

Ande

gull
December 9th, 2005, 06:08 PM
Originally posted by craiglll@yahoo.com
It seems to me that most of the people who post on this site are married men. I'm sorry but I don't really want to date them.

I don't really want to date you, either. Let's just be friends.

Matt S
December 9th, 2005, 06:33 PM
I agree that USMS should stay out of the dating service realm.

In my professional capacity, I've had a glimpse of some sites that seem to go the route he's suggesting, Blackplanet in particular. From my un-hip, married middle-aged guy perspective, it seems to me this kind of a service takes over the web site and crowds out its other features. Consider, a web site that covers various aspects of a shared interest or heritage by the people who use it. Topics of discussion. Shared information. A place for people to get to know each other. Shared ideas.

Then, the dating service is rolled out. As with any group of human beings, there will be segment of the group that is into pushing the envelope and various forms of exhibitionism. The postings get racier, and soon people who have little or no interest in the dating service are embarassed to be associated with what is going on in one corner of the sandbox. Possibly their spouses have a hard time believing they are interested only in the non-dating parts of the web sites (like the old chestnut about reading Playboy just for the articles), and issue ultimatums puntuated with a rolling pin. Pretty soon it is primarily a dating sight with some old material no one follows anymore.

Thanks but no thanks. Let's stick to swimming and swim related events. I also think Ion and others would have better luck with an established web site such as, presumably, swimmingsingles.com. We could roll out the service tomorrow. It will take some time for the pool of participants to build up such that anyone has a reasonable chance of meeting someone interesting in their local area. I wish him all the luck in the world, but I'd prefer USMS stay out of that business.

Matt

Tom Ellison
December 14th, 2005, 06:12 PM
What about Mooses?

Peter Cruise
December 14th, 2005, 06:34 PM
Open season on mooses, Tom.

Tom Ellison
December 14th, 2005, 06:38 PM
Peter is right ladies.....heck, I'm up to a good hunt......

ALM
December 14th, 2005, 10:06 PM
Tom, I admit that I have been withholding certain facts about my past.... I will now come clean.

In high school I was the president of Moose Mania Enterprises, an exclusive club founded by me and several of my friends. I still have a few artifacts from those days, including our stuffed moose mascot, Poindexter.

I don't recall exactly how Moose Mania got started, but I believe it had something to do with the opening credits of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", where the Majestic Moose is prominently featured.

Anna Lea

Tom Ellison
December 15th, 2005, 06:39 PM
Anna Lea.....I am big time impressed.....

Years ago I did a voice over cartoon that had Mr. Moose as a character....and when I do my Mr. Moose voice these days...I usually get a good laugh from my friends....especially when I get into conversations with the other guys in here like Ralph. Problem is, now I think I am Mr. Moose.....Do not, do so, do not...do so, not...so


You get the point....:)