Oasis Active is certainly one of the better free dating sites; it is a relatively new design, easy and fast to get started and quite simple to navigate.
As all free sites I came across a number of members simply looking for sex chat and some questionable profiles (scammers can create fake profiles).
Generally people not paying for a service are not going to take it as serious.
In terms of the ads on oasis active I did find them somewhat distracting with banner ads on every page and some quite strategically placed below search results so they were quite easily confused with actual results.
Given the ease in which I created my profiles I would imagine it would not be difficult for a scammer to set-up theirs so one should keep their guard up as this is par for the course on free dating sites.
In oasis actives credit they have designed the site to minimize this risk as best as possible.
I was comfortable in making the first approach and I did have mail and contacts coming in.
Match has a number of advanced features, is a well polished system and has a safe and serious dating feel which I liked.
Most appear willing to put the time in setting-up quality profile and frequently check mail and available online.
If you are looking for certain characteristics in a partner, match has some nice features including 'chemistry" an advanced matching service which is a great icebreaker ’we are a match’.
You must be proactive, friendly and approachable but I found the atmosphere positive and upbeat.
I did get the feeling the profiles on match were all real and were there for serious dating.
One important statistic to remember is that 20% of the profiles get 80% of the attention.