Or anyone who has a strategy geared toward someone's hopes and dreams and will do anything or say anything just to get to one base or another. I would gladly stay alone than to have someone looking at me as merely a notch on a bedpost.
Maybe if we just stand up and call it like it is that this will stop the enabling.
Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc.
A perpetual game with various strategies to get to those bases. We should invent positive terms for relationship status. We start out standing on the shore of the sea of love. After that, we paddle out toward that big wave avoiding the occasional shark. La la la CK - these 'baseball' terms go back to the 50's - and you're not that much older then me.
Then it is a frenzy of paddling until we finally stand up on the board and get into the flow of love. Also I didn't come from a city school, I came from a very small country school - my class was the largest with around 130 graduating.
One of these days, whatever we do to harm other people will come home to us in one way or another. The people that complain are the ones that have been fooled into thinking it was "dating", or fooled themselves into thinking of it that way when it really wasn't presented that way. You protect yourself against someone "stealing" the bases (the players) by paying attention to the clues and not letting yourself be fooled by a false play. If someone ignores the signs, or prefers to totally skip any observance of the "players" game skills/behavior before dancing around the bases with them- then it's just as much their fault as it is the "players".
Part of the game of baseball, one of the ways to "score" is to "steal" base (or home) by fooling the other player into thinking what you were doing was something other than what it really was. When you meet someone at an event that you might be interested in, you have the opportunity to pre-screen their game skills (watch them in action) for as long as you want before deciding if your interest might be real.
In all seriousness, though, is it not this business of trying to score exactly what is wrong with the dating scene and what a lot of people complain about?