Frequently Asked Questions
Anonymity and Privacy
Communicating With Other Members
I Can't Remember My Nickname and/or Password. How Can I Find It Again?
Click on the Forgot Password link the homepage of the site or enter your email address in the Forgot Your Password box on the login page. An email will automatically be sent to that email address with the information you need to log into your profile.
How Do I Change My Email Address or Password?
Click on Edit My Personal Information on the navigation bar. From there you will be able to change your personal information.
What Is The Status Of My Profile?
Your profile membership is free and goes in effect as soon as your profile is approved by a World Singles Customer Care Representative. If you have purchased a Platinum Membership you can see its status by clicking on Membership Information on My Home or on the navigation bar.
What is Auto-Renew?
Unless you choose not to be auto-renewed, World Singles will charge your credit card each month at a reduced rate following the expiration of your initial Platinum Membership term. You can deactivate Auto-Renew, by clicking on Membership Status on My Home and following the instructions. You must deactivate auto-renew before your designated billing date in order not to be charged.
In The Event I Subscribe To A 3 Month Platinum Membership Package And At The End Of One Month I Want To End My Subscription, Can I Recoup The Remaining Two Months Of Money I Paid?
No, we do not pro-rate your subscription. If you contact World Single to end your subscription after the first month, you have elected to forfeit the remaining months of your subscription. World Singles will end your subscription but will not reimburse you for the unused time.
If I End My Subscription Will I Be Able To Send and Receive Messages?
You do not need to be a Platinum Member to receive messages. You will be able to reply to emails you receive.
How Do I Delete My Profile?
You may delete your profile from the site at any time by clicking on the Delete link in the Profile Status section on My Home. Once deleted, your profile will be gone for good and cannot be reinstated. If you are a Platinum Member, your membership will be lost. Instead of deleting your profile, you may elect to Hide it, making available to you, but not to other members.
How Do I Hide My Profile?
You may hide your profile from other members at any time, by clicking on the Hide link in the Profile Status section on My Home. Once hidden, your profile will not be visible to other members, but you will still be able to make any edits to it and even send mail if you are a Platinum Member. Members you have written to will only be able to see basic information about you (Gender, Age, Location), but not your entire profile, until you decide to show it again. They will also be able to reply to any messages you have sent them. The people who's profiles you are looking at while hidden will not be able to see that you have viewed their profile.
My Profile Is Not Appearing In The Search Results. What's Wrong?
Assuming you have already created your profile, there are 2 reasons why your profile may not be appearing in the search results
1. Your profile is hidden (Click Show on My Home to unhide it)
2. Your profile needs to be approved before appearing to other searchers (this never takes longer than 24 hours)
How can I see who has viewed my profile?
To see who has viewed your profile, click on "See Who" in the Profile Stats on My home.
Why am I not receiving flirt and new mail notifications in my email?
In all likelihood your Junk Filter(s) only allows you to receive e-mail from addresses appearing in your Contacts, service announcements from your email service provider, and messages you have consented to receive. By relaxing your filters, or by explicitly allowing messages coming from WorldSingles.com to be delivered to your account, you should be able to receive your notification alerts for new messages and Flirts.
What do I need to use the Instant Messenger?
3 things are necessary to use the Instant Messenger:
1. You must have Flash installed on your computer,
2. You must have your pop-up blocker disabled,
How do I appear online so that others can chat with me?
In order for someone to initiate an Instant Messenger conversation with you, they must see that you are online. When you are online, your nickname is listed in the Who's Online list, and a "Chat Now" icon appears on your profile. When you login to your profile, you automatically appear online.
How can I use the site without appearing online to others?
In order to NOT appear online, you must click the "Offline" link next to your nickname at the top of every page. You will remain offline until the next time you login. To appear online again, simply click the "Online" link next to your nickname at the top of every page.
How can I initiate a conversation with someone I see online?
To inititate a conversation you must be a Platinum Member. From the Who's Online list, you can click on someone's nickname to bring up a chat window. You can also click on the "Chat Now" icon on someone's profile.
Can I see the Who's Online list without appearing online?
Yes, if you are set as Offline, you will not appear in the list.
Why is my Who's Online list not poping up?
The most common reason for this is that it is being blocked by your pop-up blocker. You should disable your pop-up blocker for this site, as well as for worldsingles.com.
If you have installed a toolbar from Yahoo! (help), MSN (help), or Google (help), the pop-up blocker is probably in there.
If you are using Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) with Internet Explorer follow these instructions to disable the pop-up blocker:
- Open Internet Explorer
- In the Tools menu, go to Pop-up Blocker and click Pop-up Blocker Settings.
- Type the following address: http://TurkishPersonals.com in the box called Address of Web site to allow.
- Click Add.
Why do I get a blank window when trying to chat with someone?
This is most likely due to the fact that Flash is not installed on your system. To get a free copy of Flash, please visit Macromedia.
Anonymity and Privacy
Are The Messages I Send To Other Members Anonymous?
Yes. We preserve your privacy by delivering your messages through our system. None of your personal information (real name, email address, date of birth) is divulged to other members. You may choose to do so at your own discretion.
How can I view someone's profile without appearing in their Who's Looking At Me list?
Hide your profile. While your profile is hidden, the system does not keep track of the profiles you are viewing.
Communicating With Other Members
I've found somebody I would like to meet. How can I contact them?
You must be a Platinum Member to send messages to other members.
What Is A Platinum Membership?
A Platinum Membership allows you to send messages to as many Platinum (paid) or Profile (non-paid) members on this site. You do not have to be a Platinum Member to receive or read messages. Non-Platinum members can send ONE free reply to each message they receive.
How Can I Become A Platinum Member If I Don't Have A Credit Card?
No problem. Click on the "Become A Platinum Member" link on My Home and select Pay By Mail as your payment option. World Singles accepts personal checks and money orders payable on U.S. banks only.
Do I need a Platinum Membership to reply to a message I received on the site?
No, you do not have to purchase a Platinum Membership to reply to an email. You may reply to each message you receive once for free. However, you must purchase a Platinum Membership to make first contact with someone or to send more than one reply.
How do I know if I have new messages in my mailbox?
Each time a member sends you mail, you will be notified by email - this is only applicable if the e-mail address supplied to us at the time of registration is valid and available to you. Upon receipt of the "New Mail" notification, simply log on to the website using your "nickname" and "password" and click on " My Mail".
How Do I Read My Mail?
Go to "My Mail". New mail will appear in your In Box along with the date and time it was sent.
How Do I Send Mail?
First, you need to create a free profile. Secondly, you need to become a Platinum Member (see above) - once these two items have been completed, search profiles at your leisure and contact a member by clicking the link on their profile titled "Send A Message".
How Do I Know If My E-Mail Was read?
Click on "Sent Mail". If the envelope is open next to the email you sent, then your message has been read and received.
Can I Include My Personal E-Mail Address As Part of My E-Mail To Another Member?
Yes, but you do not have to do so. The person you are writing to will be able to reply once to the message you sent.
What If I Write Members And Do Not Receive Responses?
While there is no certain answer to this question, there could be any number of reasons for this. A member may not be responding because they have not been active on the site for a while; perhaps they found someone or have been too busy. Another possibility is that the member may not think that the match will work and has not replied. You can tell if a member has opened your mail if the envelope in your sent message section has been opened. If they have read your mail but not responded, do not take it personally. It' not worth stressing about . There are plenty of other great people to meet on the site! For tips on writing effective messages, click here.
Why Doesn't My Instant Messenger Work?
3 things are necessary to use the Instant Messenger:
1. You must have Flash installed on your computer,
2. You must have your pop-up blocker disabled,
What Are Flirts?
Flirts are a way for members to "break the ice" and let you know that they liked your profile. You do not need to be a Platinum member to send flirts.
How Do I Flirt With Someone?
To flirt with someone click on Send A Flirt on that person's profile . Chose one or more of the sentences provided to create your message. Once complete, click Send Flirt. It's that easy.
How Do I Know Who Has Flirted With Me?
When a member sends you a Flirt, you will be notified by email - this is only applicable if the e-mail address supplied to us at the time of registration is valid and available to you. Upon receipt of the "You Have A Flirt" notification, simply log on to the website using your "nickname" and "password" and click on the "My Flirts" link. Scroll over the arrow button and you will be able to read the Flirt that was sent to you.
How Do I Block A User From Contacting Me?
To prevent an offensive or annoying person from contacting you, click the Block Sender button when reading that person's email. The next time they attempt to send you a message they will be notified that you have blocked them and no longer wish to receive correspondence from them.
How Do I Unblock a person?
To start accepting messages from someone you have blocked, click the Blocked Senders List link displayed in your Mailbox. You can see who you have blocked and unblock whomever you wish.
What Types Of Blocking Features Are Available To Me On This Site?
You can prevent members from sending you email, flirts and instant messages.
What Are Favorites?
Favorites are profiles you have saved because they were of interest to you.
How Do I Add A Member To My Favorites?
Visit the member's profile and click on Add to Favorites
How Do I Delete A Member From My Favorites?
Visit the member's profile and click on Remove from Favorites
How Many Favorites Can I Have?
You may save as many favorites as you would like.
How Long Will Members Remain In My Favorites List?
Members will remain in your favorites list until you decide to delete them.
Do I Have To Subscribe To Add Favorites?
No, but you do have to be a profile member.
How Can I See Who Has Added Me To Their Favorites?
To see who has added you to their favorites, click on "Who's Added Me As A Fav?" at the top of the My Favorites page.
Why Should I Add My Photo?
Other singles are much more likely to look at a profile if it includes your photo. It's a no brainer!
What Are The Guidelines For Posting A Photo?
We want to create a safe, fun and relaxed environment. Having said this, we reserve the right to reject or modify any photo at our discretion. Photos will
only appear on the site after they have been approved by a World Singles Customer Care Representative. Please follow these photo guidelines:
· image files must be received in an approved format
· the image type must be jpig
· image size should be 300 pixels wide or smaller
· black and white photos are often smaller in size and more flattering;
· you must appear in each photo;
· nude, obscene, sexual or otherwise offensive photos will not be posted;
· image file can be no larger than 200k;
· copyrighted material will not be posted.
How Do I Add A Photo?
To upload a photo click the browse button and find the file on your computer. If you are using Netscape, make sure you are able to see "All Files" not just "HTML Files". Then click "Upload Photos". The time it takes you to upload your photo will depend on its size. If you set your photo as the primary photo, this will set your photo as the primary image for your profile so that is appears in both your profile and in search results. This is the first photo people will see. If you click "Replace", then this will allow you to replace a current photo with a new photo from your computer. If you click "Delete" this will permanently remove your photo from your profile. In the event you do not have your photo in digital format, write your nickname and the email address used to register for the site on the back of your photo and mail it to: World Singles Photo Service, 215 East Orangethorpe Ave, No.156, Fullerton, CA, 92832, USA. Photos will not be returned so please do not send family heirlooms.
How Many Photos Can I Add?
You can have a maximum of 10 photos.
What Policies Must I Follow While Using The Site?
How Does The Site Handle My Personal Information?
How Do I Post My Free Profile?
Click on the registration link on the home page and fill out the requested information. Once you complete each page, click on the "Continue" link at the bottom of each page . Repeat the process until you have completed your profile. Answer as many questions as you can. This will give other members more information about you and will also allow you to show up higher on search results.
How Do I Update My Profile?
Edit your profile as often as you like. To edit your profile, go to your "My Home" page. On the left side of the page will be several navigation links. You can edit "My Home" information (email address, personal information), "My Profile" information (Headline", "At First Glance", "About My Match", "My Answers") and "My Matches" ("About My Match" ).
What Are The Profile Guidelines?
Our Customer Care team reviews every profile to increase your chances of meeting quality matches. We also rank our member profiles to ensure the most complete and thorough profiles place highest in search results. We also periodically revise our guidelines, so please refer to the Help pages for updates. We may reject profiles that contain any of the following:
· abusive language of any kind, including vulgarity, racism, illegal activity, etc;
· any direct contact information, including email addresses, URLs, ICQ/instant messenger IDs, phone numbers, full names, addresses, etc (such contact information can result in a termination of a membership and/or subscription with no refund);
· unauthorized use of copyrighted or trademarked material;
· business or political advertisements or solicitations;
· material that exploits or solicits personal information from individuals under the age of 18; and
· overt solicitation for sex or descriptions of sexual activity, anatomy, etc; solicitation of multiple or additional partners.
We do not not accept content from incarcerated individuals or individuals under the age of 18.
Why Am I Not Getting Many Responses?
If you don't already have a photo, add one today. Our statistics show that profiles with photos are more likely to receive responses. Also be sure you're checking for responses at the email address you gave us when you registered for the site. If you're not receiving any responses, you may have a "Spamguard" in place that is preventing email from reaching you. Check with your service provider.
How Can I See Who Has Looked At My Profile?
You need to be a Platinum Member to see who has looked at your profile. On My Home, click on the "See Who" link in the Profile Stats. A list of the potential matches who have viewed you will be displayed, showing the latest person to view you first.
How Should I Begin My Correspondence With A Member?
Communication should begin via email. When meeting new people, we recommend you have an open mind, nevertheless, we recommend you be wary of odd behavior or inconsistencies. The person at the other end may not be who or what he or she says. Trust your instincts.
When Is The Right Time To Disclose My Email Address And/Or Phone Number?
All correspondence between our site members takes place through our double-blind system, ensuring your true identity is protected until you decide to reveal it. Never include your last name, email address, home address, phone number, place of work or any other identifying information in your profile or initial messages. Start slowly, develop a rapport and, when and if you feel comfortable, feel free to offer your personal email address and/or phone number.
Should I Exercise Caution?
Of course, like any other new situation we recommend you make thoughtful and informed decisions. Guard against trusting the untrustworthy . Suitors must earn your trust gradually, through consistently honorable and forthright behavior. Take all the time you need to test for a trustworthy person and pay careful attention along the way. If you suspect someone is lying, he or she probably is, so act accordingly. We advise you act responsibly about romance and not become prematurely intimate with someone, even if that intimacy only occurs online. If you mutually decide to cross the point of no return, be smart and protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.
Should I Request A Photo?
A photo will give you a good idea of the person's appearance, which may prove helpful in achieving a gut feeling. In fact, it's best to view several images of someone in various settings: casual, formal, indoor and outdoors. If all you hear are excuses about why you can't see a photo, consider they have something to hide. We offer free photo scanning services to our members so there is no reason someone shouldn't be able to provide you a photo.
Should I Speak With A Potential Suitor On The Phone?
A phone call can tell a lot a person's communication and social skills. Consider your security and do not reveal your personal phone number to a stranger. Try a cell phone number instead or use local telephone blocking techniques to prevent your phone number from appearing in Caller ID. Only furnish your phone number when you feel completely comfortable.
When Should I Meet Face To Face?
The beauty of meeting and relating online is that you can collect information gradually, later choosing whether to pursue the relationship in the offline world. You never are obligated to meet anyone, regardless of your level of online intimacy. Even if you decide to arrange a meeting, you always have the right to change your mind. It is possible your decision to keep the relationship at the anonymous level is based on a hunch that you can't logically explain. Trust yourself and your instincts.
What Should Make Me Wary?
We recommend you be wary of the following: displays of anger; intense frustration; attempts to pressure or control you; passive-aggressive behavior; demeaning or disrespectful comments; physically inappropriate behavior; inconsistent information about age, interests, appearance, marital status, profession, employment; failure to provide direct answers to direct questions.
Where Should We First Meet?
On your first date, we advise you meet in a safe place and tell a friend where you are going and when you will return. Leave your date's name and telephone number with your friend. Provide your own transportation and meet at a familiar restaurant or coffee shop when a lot of other people are present. If you decide to move to another location, take your own car. When the timing is appropriate, thank your date for getting together and say goodbye. If you are flying in from another city, arrange for your own car and hotel room. Call your date from the hotel or meet at the location you have already agreed to. If the location seems inappropriate or unsafe, go back to your hotel. Always make sure a friend or family member knows your plans and has your contact information. And if possible, carry a cell phone.
How Do I Perform A Detailed Search?
Click on Detailed Search. Start searching with the following criteria country, state, zip code, age and gender. Then narrow your search with physical characteristics and lifestyles. You can even search for keywords in other members' profiles. Play around and try a variety of searches.
How Do I Save A Search?
Run a Quick Search, Detailed Search or Search by Nickname. Then watch for the box that asks you to save your results. Enter a name in the Save Search box.
Why Am I Not Getting Many Search Results From My Detailed Search?
There are several ways to increase the number of matches you receive. Check the basic criteria in your search. Your search radius may be too narrow? Is your age range too tight?