If you read articles about how to write a successful first email to someone on an online dating site, most of them advise to comment on something in the profile of the person you’re writing to. Asking what they thought of “World War Z” or commenting that you also have a rather obsessive fondness for Norwich terriers will prove to your recipient that you actually read his or her profile and are not just sending out a generic email.
That’s all well and good. But awhile back I received a message from someone who apparently took that piece of advice deeply to heart. I don’t want to give too much explanation, because the message I’m about to share with you–undedited–speaks for itself. Basically, what this guy did was to copy and paste my entire profile (which in its original incarnation was, I admit, rather long) and provide commentary on each and every part of my profile. It is long, but I hope you stick through to the end where my profile is actually graded. Yes, graded. The italic portions are the actual portions from my old profile, the non-italic is everything that this particular online suitor wrote.