Andy wrote:RANK! of OKCupid profiles!
* "I like all kinds of music, not too much into country or rap or heavy metal lol"
* "I have a wide range of music on my iPod, from Coldplay to heavier stuff like System of a Down."
* User named "white_wing_dove"
Least offensive: the username. Sometimes a person has a decent one picked out and finds out that it has been taken. Then they come up with one on the fly that they think is fairly decent and it's taken, too. I hardly care about usernames. At the end of the day, their name is Sandra or Danielle or Stephanie and their username is just something they had to put in a required field. Sometimes they pick something as a goof, sometimes they pick something that they think is really profound, but, mostly, everybody's username is a joke.
Moderately offensive: Considering System of a Down or the like to be "heavier stuff". I can probably tell that we're not going to have that much in common musically, maybe but just
maybe. Maybe this person isn't normally into heavy things and so, if the guitars are distorted or if said person can't pick out a melody, that's "heavier" to them. Date somebody not into metal, play them Metallica's covers of the Misfits, they'll think it's Gorgoroth. There are other things the two of you can share. Books, movies, TV... Things outside of pop culture, too: Travel, gardening, cooking, dog training, water polo...
Most offensive: "I like everything." Not even "I like everything except
..." "I like everything" strikes me as supremely dismissive of the conversation at hand. "What do you like?" "I like everything." No. No you don't like everything. You have a preference and I'm asking what it is. Further, now, if I really care that much to, I have to needle to find out what that preference is.
Do I "like everything"? Sure but when you ask me what I like, I'm going to answer that (as of the time of this post) I've been listening to a lot of Rowland S. Howard and the Shins, lately. I'm really into Ramones and Motörhead. I grew up listening to Nirvana. And (just to throw one in out of left field) I have this total thing about old school Motown records.
It's about putting some thought into the answer; somebody's taken an interest in sitting down with you and finding things out about you, show them the courtesy of putting forth an effort. "I like everything" and its sundry variations are cop outs and basically signal that the interrogatee's not putting any effort into this conversation.
Unless they're really drunk. That gets a waffle right there because, you know, when you're drunk...