"It's really difficult to find them," says Ben Trenda, Are You Human's CEO."You can design a bot to fool fraud detection." But, in the case of a number of dating sites, developers aren't trying to weed out fake profiles — they are tirelessly writing scripts and algorithms to unleash more of them.Russell was 40 and going through a divorce, so he wasn't seeking anything serious. Shortly after creating his account, he got an alert that one of them had viewed his profile. In order to see more details and contact her, he had to buy credits.When he saw an ad for the dating site Ashley Madison, which boasted 36 million members and the tagline, "Life is short, have an affair," he decided to check it out. Everyday, he received more of these come-ons — until he finally said, "Fuck it." "I'm like, ' Hey, all these women want to talk with me,'" he recalls. As anyone who's dated online knows, this is not entirely unusual. "I just figured they're not interested anymore," Russell says.
Asked if Hey Dude, The Adventures of Pete and Pete or Salute Your Shorts could ever come back in some capacity, he simply stated, “It’s possible!
Said Viscardi, of Pete and Pete, “It was very original and weird and specific.” He said he was amused by the fact that no kid ever asked why the two Petes had the same name, while adults always would.
For kids, Viscardi said, “The illogic was logical to them.” Slavkin noted how young many of the Nick creators were at the time (he was only 26), saying the channel was giving a lot of opportunities and that “We packed the scripts with bizarre things that really pleased us,” while Nick remained “very sort of hands off in a lot of ways.” He also agreed that these shows felt much more real for the time, with characters who might come from broken homes, and were sometimes unhappy.
There were a lot of tales of pseudo-guerrilla filmmaking, with Slavkin recalling digging a giant hole in Griffith Park for an episode of Salute Your Shorts without asking permission, while the Pete and Pete gang recalled being asked to return to one city after after another in New Jersey, where they filmed.
“We just trashed the neighborhood” said Tamberelli, of the “Halloweenie” episode, with Viscardi adding, “It was fantastic for the show, but it was not good for the people who lived there.” Asked why these shows struck such a chord with their young viewers, Yost brought up the “slightly transgressive vibe of Nickelodeon,” saying kids liked that the show’ didn’t feel as pandering as other children’s series and that in these series, “Kids got to have agency.” Yost added that even some of the titles alone, like Salute Your Shorts, felt edgy and more real, relative to other options.