I guess I don't see why people spend so much time discussing strategy and this easy-to-get v. hard-to-get approaches. Couldn't they spend their time making themselves worth the attention of others, and then filter for interests?
I dance well, supposedly, and that gets people interested in meeting me. Of the ones who I meet, I can choose someone who interests me more. If something lasts more than a few dates, it works out and we stay together. If there's some serious defect or incompatibility, I move to my next prospect.
But what do I see? Prowlers! And they've all got the same strategy.
1.) Men strike up small talk with the ladies or make overt efforts to try to dance with them.
2.) Through small talk or dancing, the men make efforts to involve some sort of physical contact, and to keep it for as long as they can.
3.) Then the men say a few flirting lines.
4.) Then the men play some tired coaxing act to convince the girls "to get out of here," (because, e.g., the venue suddenly sucks, or they know a better place, or they're just so interested in hearing her in a quieter location), by which they mean, to get into their taxis.
That's a great strategy, save for a few problems. (1) Sober women, or even smart, drunk ones, can smell prowlers almost instantly, and they will either manipulate them for free drinks, or they will ignore them entirely. (2) No woman on Earth has been worth chasing before really knowing them and caring about them. (3) One flop is seen by all, and no one is just so anxious to be the second choice. (4) Few men have the ability to work through those prowler steps without messing up.
That all sounds like time better spent on a few crunches, from what I've seen.