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I think Michael hit it on the head. What is founder dating? When I enrolled I had to get several people to certify I was what I said, and while I realize this is easy to do or even fake, it gave me a hope that it would be a serious way to meet and talk to founders and entrepreneurs and "date" around for both getting and giving help and partnering. I don't need another Facebook or Quora, etc. I wanted something like the name sounded.
I noticed very quickly that every founder/mentor had basically the same (nearly all) of the types of advice or needs, so searching to find a date returned way too many with little ability to detail down to needs., and the ones you try to contact are not really interested so they ignore the request, so no real dating. So I went to the forums thinking that we could start some relationships there. They were so moderated that any question with a suggestion of substance was deleted, especially if it was oriented toward finding a date.
I know I am just complaining and would like to give more fixes, but to be honest if I knew how to fix it I probably would have started my own service by now. Maybe FD is not what I thought it would be or what I wanted, however here are some ideas to try to help. 1) Force people (advisors especially) to be more specific on their skill set and let others rate them. 2) I think we need the forums moderated to keep from becoming irrelevant but don't stop people from having quality and even personal discussion if they choose to. If I want to ask who can help me with "task A" and let people respond, that is what finding a date is like. Have it a type so I can get notified when someone asks for help on X when I can do X. 3) be willing to get rid of people that don't play nice. Give them warning or two but then ban them. I know they can create a new account but they would lose any ratings and go back to bottom of system.
These were suggestions I could think of this morning, and I am sure there are many issues with each one. But it goes back to what FD is trying to be. If it is really a "dating" site for entrepreneurs/founders/advisors, it cannot be a Facebook or even linked-in. If it wants to be one of those then good luck, I have plenty of those to waste my time on. Again my 2 Cents that is worth about that.