[there is] NO GUARANTEE that just [because] a man comes up clean in various pay & non pay background sites that he is NOT a creep, a perv, a liar, a mean person, a fuddy-duddy, or just a basic nice guy but not commitment minded
Good disclaimer. Notricksters, you do need to realize that just because you don't find dirt on someone, it doesn't mean there isn't any (dirt). Third-party referrals are still one of the best ways to meet people. As one poster pointed out previously, though, more people are meeting through the Internet instead of these referrals, so you have to do your own research... but it's still a "buyer beware" (or in this case, "dater beware") situation.