To help weed out the spam users, fakes, and flakes, grindr should have some sort or rating system for 2 things.
1- if the person flaked or showed up
2- Did they send pics that actually look like them
there should be one button that either party hits confirming they are meeting (this would also help track down the hate crime on here). Do the ratings by stars or a 1-10 scale.
Paul Clift commented
Have a simple rating system that other members could leave a simplified review about
Said profile, giving user's the ability to leave a simplified review about a user they have enough enteraction w ie multiple messages and maintaining proximity. almost like a yelp review but very basic and short
Like after user's have interacted they are given the option to review their experiences and both user's have the option to leave a simplified review
With basic details ie:
Looks like their pix #1
Wasted my time / no show / flake #2
Was good time #3
2nd date material #4
Husband material #5
Danger bad news #6
So on so fourth and have the categories averaged out to give a score that other members can view to get a feel for the kind of person their chatting with.
Have it be almost like a yelp rating but maintaining the user's anonymity and not disclosing their permiscuoty so like the 5 most recent confirmed face to face meetings user gets a prompt to verify their interactions
Ie within or under 5ft proximity for one minute minimum and then they are given the option to review these profiles...
that once verified Ie: user maintained contact w/ or was in proximity to for certain duration their then given a simple survey to submit for previous interactions
User should be given a score based on a variety of predefined criteria (such as responsiveness, respectfulness, Follow-Through with plans, picture accuracy, or profile accuracy) that others can rate.
Users ratings of others ratings can be weighted differently. Assuming a score out of 5 for each category, If a user usually rates others with low scores across the board with the highest ever given being a 3, you can adjust the ratings to actually be higher. The same can be done in reverse for people who always rate high. Photofeeler.com has a rating system like that
User scores will help facilitate more positive meetups with good people and weeding our potentially negative or dangerous situations. Users with low scores should be monitored for being spam, or bad conduct that violates rules.
At some level of low score, if a user is determined to be real and operating in accordance with rules, a user should be directed to resources for communication tips and dating advice that must be completed before he can chat again with users. These will be opportunities to boost their score to a high enough level.