Changes in the last few years have made Ok Cupid a bit more like Tinder (both owned by the same company) focusing more on swiping and eliminating the ability to message a user without matching with them first.
However, Ok Cupid has pointed out that these changes did help lower the number of offensive messages people received, which might be a worthwhile trade-off.
Unfortunately in my experience Ok Cupid has become a bit of a ghost town.
Hinge finally won me over, becoming my favorite dating app in 2019.
The downside is that short profiles make it harder to figure out what a lot of people are looking for.
Knowing very little about a person can also make initial messaging a lot more challenging.