Jun 10, 2008 11:44am

Does anyone remember when this site used to be The Spark?


I miss it :-( They used to do so many random 'experiments', and it's a shame that they discontinued that aspect. I know they still have some of the old ones up, but it's not the same....


Gone are the days when you could visit the site every day to discover just how manky the bloke's foot now was (after keeping it covered in plastic for a month)... I felt like I too was involved somehow, although thankfully as an observer and not participant.




Jun 10, 2008 11:49am

Ah yes....I remember The Spark.

They tricked us really. Creating a social site where you could meet like minded people and enjoy the Sparkness....only to make it go poof and leave us with a dating site.


Jun 10, 2008 11:50am

:-o ... manky feet .. who would've guessed?

Feelin' like a total noob now :)


Jun 10, 2008 1:06pm

Goodness...I've been here since The Spark switched over to OkC as well.  Glad to see others remember the awesomeness that was The Spark.


Jun 10, 2008 1:24pm

Apparently a few people here only knew of TheSpark, and didn't know about its old dating site, SparkMatch...


Jun 10, 2008 2:17pm

They should've left it as part of the website, I mean it sounds like a nice way to meet people looking at a foot imprisoned in plastic.





Jun 10, 2008 5:01pm

The date my sister project was the best. Who doesn't think stalking your sister in the bushes with a camera is funny. OK, I personally wouldn't do it to my sister,

And what happened to all the best tests? The Bastard and Bitch tests are what linked me to thespark in the first place. Now they're nowhere to be found.


I liked the old Sparkmatch too. It was more laid back and fun.


Jun 10, 2008 6:44pm

The Spark made this site AMAZING. Ever since then, it's become a bunch of crap. See the slew of morons that posted under my gay guy topic to see what I mean, lmao.


Jun 16, 2008 2:11am

Sparkmatch was fun, sparkchat was more fun.  I was so addicted to that thing back in the day, espescially when it was the old digi chat.  Though the most value for waisitng precious moments of my life online were the spark science projects.  The stinky meat followed up with the stinky feet topped with the date my sister.  I can't remember laughing so hard. I miss it.


Jun 16, 2008 3:58am

Date My Sister was awesome. The Spark got lame after it got bought out.

Jun 16, 2008 4:01am

The Internet Archive was created for nostalgia:




It will take forever to load and the tests don't really work... but you can still read the experiments and some of the other content!


Jun 16, 2008 4:06am

Some of my friends I met through sparkmatch. An online friend I've yet to meet but still talk to I've known since the sparkmatch days (and have since met many of her friends from high school in college). it's kinda funny that my friend who i met through sparkmatch is on here now too :).

yeah I wish I could revisit some of the people i lost touch with over the years on sparkmatch again. I just remember two were really cool and I met someone who knew one of them at my college haha.

now it is all memories... sigh


Jun 16, 2008 4:58am

I barely remember spark, but yes, I do.


Jun 16, 2008 7:27am

Considering how flaky various features are, I don't really think of OKC's webmasters as holding back from random experiments.

As I write this, for example, the feed of my favorites' journal posts is broken.

And the rich text entry window for these comments has been flaky since day one.


Jun 16, 2008 8:43am

The unintelligence test was amazing too... it judged your intelligence on how long it took you to realise that the test was pointless!


Jun 16, 2008 8:52am

^  For some reason, I thought the IQ Adventure test was going to do this when I saw the title.  I was like "Ohhh, I see you're up to your old tricks."


Jun 16, 2008 9:26am

i joined for the first time after they had just become OKC. they used to be an actual dating site, now its more like myspace


Dec 10, 2008 1:28am

Waaaaay back when the Spark had SparkMatch (I still want my damned T-Shirt!), I met a girl on it. I wouldn't call it a success story per se, but it wasn't a total failure either. We dated for a few years and remain good friends to this day. I sort of hoped OKC might bring me luck again, but so far, nada.

Dec 10, 2008 1:35am

Ah, the good old days...

Dec 10, 2008 2:36am

History Lesson and Speculation for the Day...

TheSpark died not long after it got bought by The Man. That wasn't accidental.

It started with SparkNotes. SparkNotes was TheSpark's version of Cliff's Notes--for not just lit, but several branches of science, math, some programming, even films. They called it "TheSpark's more studious little brother" or some shit like that. And surprisingly enough, it was really damn useful, so... People used it. So, Barnes & Noble eventually bought it, and actually started selling print versions in their stores. (Yeah, it's still around. www.sparknotes.com )

So, my theory is that the people at Barnes & Noble thought it might be bad for business to have their academic aid linked to a site that gets censored by public schools, so they went and bought the entire package so they could pull it down. And yeah, that basically means Chris and Christian sold out, but for what they probably made on it, you'd sell out, too. Hell, that was about five years ago, and they just started sticking ads on OkCupid about a year ago, so... Apparently, they haven't been hurting.

You can find most of the old Spark tests at http://community.sparknotes.com/ . That includes the Bitch and Bastard tests, but of course, they're now calling them "The Wench Test" and "The Jerk Test." They don't have the old, bastardly IQ test, but they do have the Untelligence Test (which is something completely different), and the serious IQ test from the end of TheSpark's days.

But, yeah. TheSpark was truly awesome. Like most good things, it wasn't meant to last.

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