According to its CEO, Jonathan Badeen, Tinder uses a variation of ELO scoring to determine how members rank among the site’s userbase, and therefore, which profiles to suggest and whose queues profiles show up in.Invented by the physics professor Arpad Elo to determine rankings among chess players, ELO assigns ranks by judging players’ presumed skill levels against each other.Essentially, the key isn’t how many people find you attractive, but which people think you’re worth dating.For a competitive system where everyone is trying to achieve the same goal—win—this makes sense.If two players with the same ELO rank play each other, their rank should stay the same regardless of the outcome of the match, to reflect their similar skill level.If a player with a high ELO rank plays a lower-ranked player, though, then the system uses the difference between their ELO scores to recalibrate their rankings.We have a friendly staff and community which can also be quite random sometime.We host events such as Cards against humanity, Uno, Detective, and many more!
And then there are the users who have trouble finding matches at all, the Tinder equivalent of ELO Hell.
If the high-ranking player beats the low-ranking player, then her ELO score will only go up a small amount, to reflect the suspected ease of the matchup and suggest more challenging opponents in the future.
But if a higher-ranking player loses to a lower-ranking player, her ELO score will drop significantly, to reflect the severity of the upset.
But the end goal of dating is one of the biggest cooperative endeavors people can take on together.
Which raises the question: Is a system born out of a war game like chess really the most appropriate way to judge compatibility?Dating is often framed as a competition, where one has to strive to attract as many people as possible.