Tinder is legit if you are a great looking guy looking for younger girls exclusively. If that doesn't 100% describe you than AFF should be the first app you try. They have a free trial so you can check them out without any actual commitment from you (just what you're looking for).
The meat of the site is what really matters. A site can have a totally bogus design, but I'll recommend it if there are beautiful, single women to be met. Thankfully, WildBuddies looked a lot better once I got past the sign-up page. The blue and black layout was appealing, and there was an easily navigable search bar. It was dark in a cozy sort of way, kind of like a well organized man cave. I could get used to it.
Once I navigated to a few of the women's profiles, though, disappointment started to seep in. It was like biting into a sandwich and then finding out it's just two slices of bread slapped together, no meat at all. I began suspecting there was no substance to WildBuddies.
Wild Buddies is not free
The immediate issue was that everything useful on this site was behind a paywall. I couldn't view any member's self-description or even view their profile picture at full size. When I got a message from a member, I tried to respond and it just took me straight to an upgrade page. How was I supposed to know whether or not I wanted to pay for a full membership if I couldn't even see what I'm paying for?
Not all dating sites have to be free. There are plenty of legit sites that require payment or at least offer a higher tier for a fee. Generally, though, there is a free option. They let you see other members profiles, do some basic searches and message other members before you actually have to pay.
Wild Buddies sends fake messages
WildBuddies did allow me to send a few outgoing messages for free. I decided to try it out. I wrote to two women with an intentionally simple conversation starter: “Hello.” They both messaged back almost immediately.
“I'm sure you have some nice photos to add to your profile. What are you waiting for?” Echoed the second one.
Do you think it's a little strange that neither women replied with a simple greeting or that they both responded immediately with nearly the same message? Yeah, I did, too.
Based on other sites I have reviewed, I had a feeling I knew what was going on. Often, member profiles (real or fake) are programmed to respond to messages with standard replies, even if the user isn't online. It's not a good sign for the quality of the site.
Wild Buddies wants to take your photo
I was starting to have my doubts about WildBuddies, so I decided to take a closer look. I went to their Terms and Conditions page to see what it had to say about these fake messages. That's where I found this:
“By posting information or content including but not limited to copyrighted content, name and likeness and photographs to your profile pages or any public area cheatingcougars iÅŸe yarÄ±yor mu of the Services, you automatically grant . . . a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to use, copy, publish, display, reformat, translate and distribute.”
In short, by using the site, I'd be allowing WildBuddies to use all of my content, from my profile pictures to any private messages I might send or receive. They could use my content on other sites that they operate or insert it into advertisements for other sites. It's not unreasonable to think they might even use it to make fake profiles to trick other members (more on that below).