I stumbled upon some unexpected behavior from the “similar users” section of OkCupid. It is possible, starting at a gay man’s profile and navigating to a “similar user”, to end up at a straight man’s profile (by way of a bisexual profile). This could result in some unwanted pairings…
In total, I scraped about 120 profiles, starting with gay ones. I was only able to hit one straight profile among them all. About 10% were bisexual, but those weren’t hit until several layers of depth in the crawling.
I believe starting with a bisexual profile would more quickly expose a straight one. Next steps are using a dummy profile (so mine on’t get banned) and letting it run long term with pauses/sleep/delays so I don’t hit the rate limit. Then perhaps mapping it out as a network/node visualization