Compatible Partners is a gay and lesbian singles dating website. It was created to be willfully different than most gay sites out there that cater to casual encounters. This website was created to help gay and lesbian singles find love in a long-term relationship. The website staff focused on creating a service that helped gay singles find long-term relationships, meaning more was required than just picture and profile browsing. This is why the company offers a “relationship questionnaire” to new users. The company worked with scientists at E-Harmony, another respected website that works with personality analysis, to create a site exclusively for gay singles. The matching system narrows down the database according to one’s responses and interests. The system also offers a searching system that targets diverse groups of gays and lesbians, such as Jewish gay singles, black gay singles or senior gay singles.
The website’s Compatibility Matching System owes a lot to E-Harmony, but the web company is confident that it can help single same-sex lovers find true love online. The signup process involves creating an account and completing the relationship questionnaire. The process goes as follows:
- User creates a personality profile and fills out the questionnaire
- Based on the answers provided, a free personality profile is issued to the user
- The system pre-screens members according to the new profile
- User reviews matches and then selects the payment plan
- Communication begins
The profile and questionnaire results are free to view and no payment obligation is required to view the results. This website, judging from the fact that it’s linked with E-Harmony, is a direct response to allegations made in 2009 from the gay community that states that websites like E-Harmony only support heterosexual dating. The basic profile information caters to long-term relationship seekers and focuses on personality traits.
Same-sex partners looking for a long-term relationship are targeted. Users seeking casual encounters or shallow communication will have great difficult filling out the entire sign up and questionnaire process.
Number of Members:
Though the total figure isn’t listed, the site claims to have thousands of members in its online database and up to one million total users.
Free Membership Levels:
Yes, users can review their matches for free.
- Personality test
- Review recommendations
- E-Harmony compatibility
No communication is allowed until a paid membership is ordered. Users cannot search for other members based on interests. This is a “match only” website in the style of E-Harmony.
Membership Levels and Fees:
Between 19.95 and $59.95. For a time, the site gave away 10,000 free trial memberships (as part of a settlement with the gay community) but that time period has expired.
Paid Membership Features:
- Recommend matches in the style of E-Harmony
- Filters out one-night stands and other bad matches
- Icebreakers and questions
- “Must have’s” and “can’t stands”
- Messages and instant messaging
- Read match’s full profile
Search by Member Options:
No free searches are allowed. Users can only view the matches.
Though several countries are listed, this is primarily a U.S.-friendly website.