Online dating (ODing) is the practice of searching for a romantic or sexual partner on the Internet. People who online date are known as online daters (ODers). Online dating is strongly discouraged by various Internet communities that do not intend to facilitate it, including Toad Town Online. Online dating is against TTO's rules of conduct, and anyone who participates in said activities risks punishment to their account (as stated by the Terms of Service). Despite this, ODing is still assumed to be widespread by the vast majority of users.
Throughout TTO's development, multiple stereotypes have formed regarding online daters. Players often stereotype online daters as Toad(ette)s whose characters dress as realistically as possible; certain bundles, accessories, faces and clothing are stereotyped as "ODer items". Players who wear these items are often perceived as online daters, even if they are far from the actual definition. Certain username styles such as ‘ii’, ‘xx’/‘xX/Xx’, 'Omq', 'itz' and substituting vowels with the letter 'x' (e.g. using 'hxtbxy8586' instead of 'hotboy8586') also tend to be stereotyped with online daters.
Against online dating
Online dating, according to most people, is a problem on TTO. It is unwanted by most in the community and encouraged by very few people:
- It is against Community Guidelines.
- Many players view it as two children of different ages who know nothing about, and there is the possibility of older people attempting to OD.
- Most of the community views being attracted to Toad(ette) characters as bizarre and repulsive due to their mushroom-based appearance.
Aside from not fitting in with the kid-friendly nature of TTO, there are risks associated with online dating given the anonymity on the platform (for example, some online daters are people trying to catfish others or child predators that are looking to prey on children). Many VidSpacers and prominent community members are against online dating.
Against vigilante approach to online daters
On the other hand, some players have criticized people who argue about this topic on the website. They believe that players who complain and conspire about online daters are beating a dead horse, and some also find that stereotyping innocent users with the term ‘ODer’ purely based on their avatar's appearance is immature and short-sighted.