No single confidant has all the answers for your relationship troubles: your buddy selfishly wants you to break up, your mom just wants to know if she's Jewish, and Tan the Chinese food delivery guy agrees that you two are perfect together, but really, really has other orders he needs to get to, sir. Burden the world-at-large instead, on CouplesSpark.
Just launched by a DC-based developer, CS's a sounding board for couples to post their grievances/arguments/pubic hair quarrels and receive feedback from complete strangers in an effort to work things out/figure out who's just plain wrong, all inspired by its founder's chance viewing of The Marriage Ref, making it the most successful Seinfeld-inspired online relationship service since JDate. Topic posts're user-generated and range from hilariously serious ("When should a relationship be 'Facebook Official'?"), to just plain hilarious ("What's Wrong with Spending $879.44 at Saks?"), and include brief arguments from each person in the couple, along with a short profile comprising ages, years met/dating, photo, and a seemingly never-filled-out "About Us" section, which seems oddly shy considering posts like "Mismatched Libidos" and "He wants me to shave down there but I don't want to". Anyone can comment with their take on each disagreement, and/or simply cast their vote on who's right; topics're closed by the moderator when "an algorithm" determines that one side is heavily winning (normally around 70%), and posters can peep analytics (gender/age/etc data culled from profiled voters) on who voted for them, which'll inevitably lead to proof of the algorithm that girls are ravaged by cooties.
In the future, only signed-in, profile-touting couples'll be able to post their arguments, but while they're still thirsty for posts, the site's currently open to all comers, meaning you'll finally have a way for you and Tan to work out whether your delivery relationship is Chop Suey, or Hot & Spicy enough to support a Happy Family. Seafood Combination Plate.
Published: May 7, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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