Grindr make zero attempt to screen out automated bot accounts from being created, it's pathetic
Colin Lumb commented
You don't even need a real email address to join, that's why there are so many fake profiles on here. Sites like porn hub very quickly removed unvalidated videos etc due to changes in the law, I wonder if the law applies to Grindr when a fake account is using someone's xxx pics and they aren't validated then could the owners be accountable as its obvious they are aware of the problem as its reported over and over again.
Surely they could akso put steps in place for email address to be validated (click on emailed link) to ensure email actually exists before the profile goes live, rather than the click on crosswalk, traffic lights and all the other pics
Kali Chern commented
Here's an idea for you people, there should be a way to block out people who imo are most likely fake profiles existing for the mere purpose of solicitation of these "background checks / safe Meetup"sites that often charge money to join and imo these sites have no real purpose I have gotten a multitude of messages from a wide array of varied profiles all saying they want to go out with me but I have to join this site first to make sure I'm"safe"to meet up with them however I have no criminal record or violent tendencies and in any situation I'm more likely to be abused/forced to do something I don't want because of who I am (I'm a trans woman) you should also stop people who are soliciting pornography through their profile because I'm really sick of that too like I joined this app because I am looking for maybe something casual or a long-term relationship I'm not interested in in your cam show nor am i interested in a safe Meetup site which seems pretty fraudulent imo... Basically any profile that is trying to solicit users for commercial purposes you should block or ban I don't believe this app is a place to hawk your wares and services this is a place I believe for Lgbtq people to meet interact and possibly meet up in real life I am beyond sick of people trying to sell me massages pornography or get me to join some site that costs money and has no real purpose...
Michael Byrne commented
Ok so as a user now for many years I have in more recent times of using the app become more and more frustrated annoyed and in instances felt cheated and let down by Grindr.. I'll explain my reasoning to why I've been left with some negative and disappointing feelings by an app which I did and at times enjoy and like to use regularly daily,weekly and monthly.
Throughout my experience as a user I have opted to have the optional subscription s offered my Grindr. In many cases this has been the Xtra subscription.
I recently took ipbtge Xtra subscription on my account again and during the month where I was a Xtra subscription user I found areas which brought on the feelings of frustration, disappointment and dibal cheated and let down.
1. Spam messages and fake profiles.
As a user I have the choice to use the free service or I can pay a fee for a month subscription offering additional features and a more premium service which you would expect to receive when paying an additional fee.
Now my experience during the upgraded Xtra subscription period I found that I was receiving endless messages from fake and blank profiles which are clearly spam and or fake messages and profile/account. Neatly 3 weeks into my Xtra subscription it became apparent that Grindr was lacklng in delivering a great user experience and instead were using it's users tand taking advantage by getting users to report these spam and fake messages/Profiles ending with users having to block that profile. Now blocking these profiles wasn't so much an issue for me as I had chosen to ingrate to the Xtra subscription however as my month came to an end and I have reverted back yo a free user I find the problem is infact worse as a free user as you only receive a limited number of blocking profiles whereas an Xtra user I have a higher limit ofthe amount of blocking profiles.
As this seems to now be the way in which users are required to usehe supplication and in turn assist Gribdr in eliminating these spam profiles and messages doing the work in which Grindr should be doing, I have some ideas which would benefit both Grindrcand it's current existing users and also in increasing the number of users.
Currently users can
a) use the free service- More limited service
b) pay a high premium and enter into a reoccurring monthly subscription - more expansive service which additional features.
In order to promote and push Grindr into a more easily accessible and enjoyable application then the main thing to look at and trail or adjust eould ve these upgrades and subscription options
Keep it simple and make it desirable and enjoyable.
Rather than users having to enter into san on going paiment each month which nowadays most on working to or have a set budget each month it deters user away from the upgraded services as personal finance s and circumstances can occur and it can be seen to simply stay on the free service and not need to worry about an additional monthly bill .
Now as an on going Xtra user I personally have found that I control my subscription monthly and cancel this and upgrade again as and when I can afford the additional fee. This also helps me control my fpersobal monthly inances and doesn't tie me into an on going plan.,this makes it feel like a contractual thing rather than a social application. It would be more appealing if the subscriptions were offered as a weekly upgrade at a lower more attractive price point rather than monthly upgrade at a bigger price point.
I believe that Grindr would see a larger nunber of new user along with a hugger number of users upgrading and subscribing.
Mark Schiffman commented
The email that I used with Squirt.org is CoyoteCapeCod@aol.com
Mark Schiffman commented
It's possible that the first part of my message either didn't get sent or it got sent without the the ending part I'm so I'll start again. I have paid accounts both on Grindr and on squirt.org on squirt every time I report a spammer they send me a message that they're going to tack on an extra free 5 days to my paid account before it renews each time I will send you an example of the most recent that they've done this way the members help monitor the site and keep it cleaner your site I must block at least 10 maybe 15 sometimes more spammers every day and you've never even acknowledged or thank me yet I've reported them to you every time I think that this would be a good incentive for people thank you I'm going to send you a copy of what they've done for me as a copy paste here
As I began to describe which I realized now is the subject line my paid membership on squirt.org the infrequent times that I experience a spammer sending me a message through their portals I report it to the management. Every time I've done that they automatically send me a message informing me that before my membership annual membership renews they will add an extra five free days for me being so considerate in helping them keeping their app running better and better for the other members. I experience spamming on Grindr probably at least 10 times a day it could be more than that and I blocked them and I report them every time but I've never once even received a compliment from the management at Grindr let alone any financial credits I think that that would be a good incentive for you to promote and and give to make your site better and and make people help you do that. That's just my opinion my name is Mark schiffman and I am have a paid membership on Grindr as well my email is MarkPTown@aol.com.
here is a copy paste duplicate of what they sent to me recently on squirt.org as a response from me reporting a spammer and this is what I'm giving you as an incentive and an example that you might want to consider for your app or on grindr.
my copied and pasted example as described:
Thanks for your report!
Sent: 5 days ago
Thanks for reporting a violation of site guidelines. We believe in rewarding members who help keep Squirt.org safe and fair, so I have given you 5 day(s) Fan Club access.
Thanks for your diligence and dedication in helping us maintain the site. Keep up the good work!
For more information on what's allowed on the site, check out our posting guidelines.
Juan Gabriel L commented
Constantly having fake perfiles. It gets me sick how they xan early get into this app.it should be more restrictions. Thank you
Heres an idea GRINDR:
So why not implement a sort of password wall in order to send someone a message, where each user can set their own sort of password in order to start chat with the other user.. Make it so they only have to do it once to engage the person. In the persons profile, it can say in order to chat with this person, enter their code: [ Panther ] and when you message the person the system can reply like "What is this user's code to start chat?" and the other person types "panther" and it opens the connection between the two. Make it optional so you can either use it or turn that feature off.
See my example here: https://imgur.com/a/YVVptRb
If Grindr is really serious about preventing all this spam, this is a great way to do that.
and if they don't, it just proves all along they are part of the spam problem.
((Btw this is in no way submitted to Grindr for use without compensation or submitted through their website or in any agreement with their TOS whatsoever, at the time of this posting any TOS required to accept were not available to view on my device))
Alon Alon commented
Stop the samp option
Keith Jarman commented
Get of your arse , with this spam rubbish, twice seem plenty enough, if I want to see I'll search..GOT IT.. BLOODY ANNOYING..
I'm getting spammed with Giphys. Can we please be able to block them.
Please ask for authentication/certification with pics as Tinder to avoid creation of fake profiles. Do not allow users to create profile without a clear face pic checked as tinder do. To many fake profiles.
Ancient Soulwoken commented
I was ripped off for $40 and change from a dating site ad in my messages on Grndr.
These messages are constantly on my message board and I decided to try one of them.
These scam/ thief messages should never make it on here.
Unlimited users are authorized and usually life experienced . I suggest that every unlimited user could moderate fake or underage profiles around in radar range. Sending actual requests often meets with lack of reaction or adequate result. Let’s improve cleaning grinder from fakes or stalking and abusive underage kids, by allowing unlimited users to moderate in their area.
Dave C commented
There are a lot of scams now that convince you to give your phone number. Can you create a way to automatically mask/delete a number that is entered. Alternatively, it would be great if you could do what delivery services and other gig services do, which is to create a private number so that people can text if they choose to.
At a minimum, recognizing the format of a number and popping up a reminder not to use your personal phone number would be great.
Please stop allowing spams account to send private messages
Gerret Parks commented
It's not just the fact that it's spam. There are two large principles that are being ignored. The first one is that Grindr deliberately allows spam to be cycled back and forth, with the subtle suggestion that they can make it all go away for a little cash. That's called manipulation and I don't think that it should be allowed to happen. The second principle is the fact that it's not just regular spam but it's disrespectful derogatory bullshit. Common examples are something like the header tagline saying "Hey want to fuck??", Followed by a website address. I hope I'm not alone in saying that WE ARE ALL SICK OF BEING USED AS TOOLS TO MAKE YOU MORE MONEY BY LEVERAGING PROMISCUITY AGAINST US!! And even worse, the owners of this God forsaken website / app are not even gay whatsoever! How does that make everyone feel, somebody say something for Christ sakes! Is this the kind of stuff you want to look back on when you're getting older? Sharing fond memories of how the most popular dating app continuously beats you down with endless trivial attempts to get you to give them more money and when you don't want to, they throw every type of ad at you that they can think of, and then disrespect you the whole way. Here's a good analogy: you're cruising down Hennepin avenue trying to get to your favorite bar, but all along the way every 10 ft a really annoying disrespectful man in one of those long fur trench coats blocks your path and opens his coat and tries to sell you one of his shitty watches that not even HELEN KELLER would buy, at which point you decline and shoulder passed him. Imagine that happening endlessly...By the time you got three blocks into your journey you would be ready to tear somebody's head off and roll that bitch into the street.
There's a better way, man. Find it.
Pierrick VODOZ commented
Disable ability to have "broromeo" word in the profile.
More than 20 spams a day from new users
Derek Hyams commented
WHY havsn't Grindr done enough to STOP this from happening? I mean with all the money Grindr gets from Extra, and the premium membership.
I'm sure they can hire a couple of developers to solve this issue. This is getting more and more frequent. Daily.
COME ON GRINDR, sort it out!
Oh and now the spam bots are sending porn. Classy.