I have also found that generally, I can always reply.Not quite sure why the change, used to be I couldn't write unless I was a paying member, now that I'm not a paying member, I can still reply, sometimes I can't reply....be the IT gods are smiling on me No it doesn't matter if you pay or not..can always write a reply to someone who contacts you first.With a slick advertising campaign of real members and a large user base in both the US and Canada, Yahoo Personals looks like a solid dating site on paper.
I keep editing my profile and asking people who are not compatible with me to let me be - to no avail. I carefully look over that stuff myself and if the person is looking for someone younger, thinner, etc etc I don't bother them...the dudes that write me - I look at what THEY want and they WANT conservative non-smokers, but still the write me! It makes me wonder if Yahoo attracts the brain dead (or if brain dead is all that is available in MY particular area, LOL). Have met quite a few really nice guys on Yahoo Personals here in Charlotte, NC.It does seem to go in cycles though, sometimes I get nothing, other times, I can hardly keep up.In fact, I may soon be outta here.....seeing a very nice gentleman and it seems to be heading in a very positive direction.Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate. Shit, now I'm just hoping the women I email can READ the emails if they aren't paid..... It's been my experience that everyone on Yahoo personals (in my area anyway) are completely clueless.Well, after being signed up and then cancelling my unpaid memberships at about 5 or so other dating sites, I"ve found one with a sh*tload of women on it in my area active within 24 hours! You get to put your criteria at the bottom of the page, right, stuff like what types of people you want to date - age range, political views, etc. I guess they just look at the pictures and start writing.