I have to admit that I don't actually know how to date. My tendency has been to fall into long-term relationships with good friends, so dating seems like an entirely different world to me. I'll appreciate your patience as I stumble along!
I keep having to revise this paragraph to reflect some convergence of what I desire and what I actually have time for. I've read much about polyamoury & responsible nonmonogamy, and they appear to encompass the relationship styles that best fit my desires and my understandings of life and love. Even so, I'm still relatively new to nonmonogamy in practice. I believe one can love multiple people at the same time; I believe friendships can include varying degrees of intimacy, including romantic and/or sexual components; and I believe there are many relationship styles in between and around these that are equally worthy of recognition and respect. More than anything, I am committed to poly's ethical orientation.
This is one of the best pieces I've ever read on polyamoury, and I strongly encourage you to give it a whirl: http://www.makezine.enoughenough.org/newpoly2.html
I should also mention that my politics are pretty anarchistic--I won't stand for any racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, sizist, or otherwise oppressive "jokes" or comments, so if that's your kind of humour then don't bother to contact me. That being said, I also recognize that nobody is perfect and that we all make mistakes and errors in judgement--myself included. As someone who is always trying to be a better person, I want to be called out (gently) if I say or do problematic things, and I expect my friends and partners to be equally open to it.