I know that the administrators have invested many hours and capital into fashioning a sort of "social networking" veneer for the format of the site, but frankly, while I do on occasion exchange pleasantries with other members who seek me out, and while I also appreciate the prayer and support apparatus of CatholicMatch which does bring healing to troubled members (and I am NOT proposing that this function of CatholicMatch be altered or removed in any way), I didn't become a member of CatholicMatch merely to socialize with other Catholics; that's important too I suppose but it is a secondary or tertiary concern at best.
So, before I'm pilloried for this, let me repeat that my suggestion does NOT propose that the prayer and support apparatus of CatholicMatch, (or even to any of these other fora) which give hope and healing to many members be altered in any way. I just don't want my homepage filled with minutiae, OK?
With the added benefit that the CatholicMatch advertising does not even show on that page (at the moment anyway).
"I just don't want my homepage filled with ... "
Personally I feel it is CM's homepage (as is the entire site) not mine.
Any particular aspect of the site can be bookmarked and linked alllowing quick access to a preferred aspect of the site by each individual subscriber.
One way to meet a match is in the forums. I know of many people that post daily and have viewed someones profile and than began communicating with them. If someone follows what you write and comments on your statement then you might have just meet the person that God has meant to meet.
Another place many people have meet there match is through the local or larger gatherings. I know of many that this is where there friendship has begun and are married today.
Just my two cents.
Unfortunately, and this is a subject for another thread, Catholic match has, and does, by refusing to make certain changes (which would slightly diminish their profit margins, but hey aren't you in the business of doing God's work?) facilitate the meeting of dissident Catholics who share similar match criteria and that annoys me to no end. On my homepage I'll come across singles who write in their profiles that they're looking for a "moderate" Catholic, not an "extremist." Apparently loyalty and fidelity are extreme.