Internet dating polite rejection
“There is no “good” way, because you can’t control how another person will feel.
The upside is being able to escape before it really gets weird.
And no one is better than I at being a basket-case after a long relationship ends.
But I don't get the "hurt-feelings-when-we-haven't-even-met" thing.
I guess I would have thought once you hit 50, committing a felony wouldn't be on anyone's bucket list, but I've met several women who have dated recently-convicted felons, and I have dated two, one of whom was wearing her court-ordered ankle bracelet on our date.) But back to the hurt feelings.
A couple of years ago, when I was dealing with a fair amount of family "stuff," I had to postpone a scheduled first date sort of at the last minute. Don't ever contact me again." Well, thanks for the warning.
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Not a wonderful thing to do, but not a crime either. I won't, especially now that I have an idea how she would react if I did something really wrong. They cordially correspond with a guy, maybe chat on the phone, and decide - as they have every right to - that they don't want to pursue things.