So just what ARE you seeking in a dating site? One that is completely free? You've posted a lot about how they are all scams or how they are better than 50plus..taking... your money, etc...So, WHAT do want?
If you're looking for the "perfect" dating site that fits like a new suit....
..well, maybe you should start your own dating site and pay for the servers, bandwidth, software and equipment?
There are Open Source scripts that will do that but you are going to need some knowledge on setup But if you're comfy with servers and Java (and PHP) then go for it. Or buy a turnkey solution.You'll be the head boss and everything is under your control. Don't forget the cost of advertising - both via internet and real life. Don't forget business cards and a professional website.
This is what 50plus spends their money on. Without members signing up to be premium members, this site would have to fold up.
50plus is not perfect. We're far from it. But, with few exceptions,we're a happy community that bands together when needed. Need help with HTML? Or with your cat/dog? And so on, The diversity of people here make it a great real-time way for you to get help. Maybe instead of comparing us to the myriad of other sites on the web and pointing out how it "used to be" you should offer up a bit of your time to help out here and make 50plus a better site.