It's easier to just block people if you don't want their messages instead of almost never being messaged at all, you know?
Ok Cupid doesn't have to re-open messages completely, because some people do like their privacy — but it would be great if they had an option to toggle it on if you don't mind being hit up by strangers.
Ok Cupid does try to combat fake profiles by having users connect an Instagram account, which is way harder to fake than an online dating profile.
Yes/No; Free basic profile members can still see photos, edit profiles, search, use discussion board.
Paid members can freely message, start discussion thread, no daily limit of discussion board entries. Members only see intersection of what they are looking for and what other members are looking for. Free messaging and status posting for undergraduates (5 messages/day limit).
Match has the size advantage by far and though Ok Cupid will always be #1 in my heart, Match is a close second.
It's also an OG player in the online dating game, and it's always nice to have the reassurance that there are veteran masterminds behind the matchmaking process.