Dating apps are immensely popular these days with the convenience of a phone and The Grade is one of those apps. They allow you to find people quickly and from anywhere, accommodating a busy lifestyle.
While these apps are great and occasionally yield some good matches, they also yield many unsolicited pictures of genitalia and generally creepy pickup lines. Don’t you wish there was another option? A convenient app where you can be certain you won’t be bombarded with unwanted advances? Well, there is a new app that attempts to achieve just that, called “The Grade.”
The Grade works a little differently than its smartphone competitors. While Tinder, Grindr, and other dating apps just allow you to say yes or no to pictures and profiles that appear on your screen, with The Grade, the app evaluates each person you talk to for the sake of other users. In addition, you evaluate the people you match with based on a yes/no question and a series of hashtags. Sound harsh? Maybe it is. However, it makes sure that the people left on the app are actually worth meeting.
How Does The Grade Works?
The Grade uses two different systems to rate profiles, one mechanical, and one human. The mechanical process gives your profile three grades based on your activity.
Profile Popularity Grade – This is the surface level of your profile. The grade is based on what people see when they look at their profile and are deciding if they want to match with you or not. It is calculated using your photos and the bio beneath them. The profile itself looks a lot like tinder, but your grade here keeps it from devolving into the group photos and silly bios of tinder users.
In order to get a good profile popularity grade, you want to have clear photos of just yourself. While some can display your interests or be with a group of people, you want to make sure that there are at least a few photos where you are alone and clearly visible.
In addition, you want your profile to provide some real information about you. The typical Tinder strategy of saying how tall you are or a dumb pickup line isn’t going to work on The Grade. Instead, include relevant details like your profession, your hobbies, or maybe even what your typical first date would be.
Response Rate Grade – Way too often on Tinder and other dating apps, people swipe through and match people, then either forget about it or were just seeing how many matches they could get. Some people even just swipe right on everyone. As a result, messages go unsent or unanswered, and you end up with a collection of empty inboxes and no date. The Grade prevents this from happening through its Response Rate Grade. The app keeps track of how much you respond to other people when they send you messages, and grades you based on the data it collects. Only people you have matched with are able to message you, so the grade reflects only your real interactions.
This grade functions on two levels; it keeps the app clean of chronic matchers with no intention of conversation, and it keeps conversation moving between users. If you know that you have to respond, and illicit a response to keep your grade up, it gives you an incentive for interesting conversation and prevents you from fading out if you become bored. While this may sound like a bad thing, it can actually be helpful. It prevents users from bailing on a possibly promising match due to a lull in conversation.
Message Quality Grade – This grade is to ensure that the responses you send are worthwhile. Far too many women have gotten the horribly misspelled, half-conceptualized introductory line followed by a dick pic. Nobody wants that. The Grade ensures that you are only interacting with people who are going to put in the effort in a real conversation. The message quality grade checks for spelling and grammar errors, and for lude messages. While this might seem dangerously close to actual academic grades, it ensures a level of conversation that will actually be valuable for both participants.
The human rating factor was actually introduced after the apps creation to create more reliable data. While the mechanized functions are useful, a user can still have a great profile, then message other users with perfectly spelled and grammatically structured innuendos. Often times with apps like The Grade that try to weed out users, it becomes sort of a challenge to make it through the screening process. This is where the two personal rating elements come into play, both of which are anonymous so that your match cannot see what you said.
The Quality Person Test – After an interaction, the app asks you if your conversational partner is a quality person. You can only answer “Yes” or “No,” to prevent vindictive exes or internet trolls from coming on the app to roast someone. The percentage of yes/no responses is then shown on the user’s profile, allowing other users to see how interactions with this person have gone in the past.
The Hashtag Evaluation – Also at the end of an interaction, you are provided with a series of predetermined hashtags that you can choose five of. These are positive phrases, and you choose the ones you think best describe the person, as much for their benefit as for that of other users.
All of this rating is put to good use; if a user ends up with a failing grade (F), they are permanently removed from the app, with the possibility of appeal, so that it can continue to be a safe and respectful dating space.