Others appreciate OkCupid's detailed questionnaire, which you can fill out in as much detail as you'd like. Want to screen out creationists, racists or people who love One Direction? OkCupid lets you do that.
the bad news is that dating is still garbage, but the good news is that okcupid is still mildly functional, way better and more queer than tinder, and expanding my radius gave me a lot more options
in other words, I’m melting from how many hot queer babes there are in LA, help
— S. Qiouyi Lu 🏵️ 陸秋逸 ✨🐃 your epicene boyfriend (@sqiouyilu) May 19, 2018
Superficial as Tinder may be, it does boast one huge advantage for women: Users can only contact other users if they've both indicated interest. In other words, guys can't talk to you unless you've given the green light. Since women who date online tend to receive tons of unsolicited messages (many of which are unwanted or downright creepy) lots of ladies prefer the Tinder model. Superficial > stalkers.
Dating apps designed for heterosexuals also have to deal with the "message onslaught" problem, as Ann Friedman noted for New York magazine. Women tend to get messaged much more frequently than men on online dating services, and if their inboxes are so full as to be actually unmanageable, the service becomes worthless. Being able to control who sends you messages means Tinder evades that problem.