I'm trying to figure out if there are any patterns in human behavior in online dating and how I might adjust my actions to maximize potentially favorable outcomes. I'm going to say any real world interaction is a favorable outcome as at that point you can assess all the human attributes one can't assess online. Sites that let you track when others view your profile, read messages, etc. might be able to shed light on what one might tweak. I'm not talking about being fake. Just adjusting methodologies.
One issue for me is my refusal to put a picture up. This sort of works in the sense that the women I've met who have been brave enough to meet me without ever getting a picture have been more compatible people. On the other hand, women at the other end of that spectrum that won't even engage in dialogue without a picture are probably not compatible. No picture is a valid choice and a good filter in some respects. I would get more traffic with a picture and maybe more women contacting me. Almost everyone I've met in person contacted me first. I'll more or less meet anyone that can engage in an email conversation. I don't have an inherent goal and some people I've met have led me in random non-dating directions. Still it is frustrating to not be into her. We both deserve me to be into her.
How are others doing in terms of response rate and actually meeting? I sense some people on these sites don't want to actually meet. Perhaps it is too unnatural a forum for some people.