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09-08-14  12:17pm - 42 days Usenet (21 Posts) - #4
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I would say that legitimate porn is cheaper than it has probably ever been. Many sites (at least those who haven't gone bust) are charging less money for more content than ever. Obviously some buck the trend, but overall the trend is very much in the favour of the consumer.

I certainly wouldn't want to risk the health of my PC (laptop/tablet/phone/anything else) and it's files to save a small amount of money. Plus websites are getting much better are tracing where their stolen content is going and prosecuting those involved. It's just not worth the risk.

And don't forget that a percentage of money spent on legitimate content goes towards shooting new content. Stolen stuff doesn't encourage new material to be made. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-03-14  05:57am - 47 days How is “site ripping” defined? (13 Posts) - #8
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Customers downloading my entire site isn't a problem for me. In fact, I kind of expect them to download most of it anyway. What IS a problem is when rather than keeping those downloads for personal consumption they share them or post them somewhere for others to consume. That is theft, and costs me potential customers.

It's been pointed out that it also provides publicity for my site, but overall the vast majority of people who download from dodgy download sites are unlike to ever pay for anything anyway as they can get as much stolen content as they want. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-03-14  01:08pm - 78 days Brits declining Web filters ... (9 Posts) - #9
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It's a classic example of there being two extremes and a grey area in the middle (as most situations are), where politicians include the grey area in with the bad extreme to persuade people to agree with them (the if you're not with us you're against us argument).

Politicians do the same thing with terrorism. Saying that if you don't agree with new laws, torture or invading foreign countries then you are siding with the terrorists.

It happens a lot, but most people don't notice it (which I guess is why they get away with it). Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

07-30-14  11:57am - 82 days Brits declining Web filters ... (9 Posts) - #7
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Originally Posted by AWpress:


Personally I think most MPs that purportedly do things for the sake of the children are being insincere, using that excuse because it's popular and hard to disagree with, whilst truly motivated by influential media lobbyists.

I think you're absolutely right. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

07-27-14  12:31pm - 85 days Brits declining Web filters ... (9 Posts) - #5
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"As long as it is legal the law can not say anything."

Surely that statement is meaningless? Changes in the law can restrict what is legal by definition (ie making something that used to be legal, illegal.


The change in the rules in the UK just meant that filters become the default instead of an option. Everyone can get the filter switched off whenever they want. The problem lies that some people are too embarrassed to phone up their ISP and request to no longer have adult content filtered. That's what adult sites are worried about.

The same thing has been in effect for MUCH longer on mobiles, and places like hotels have been filtering their WIFI for years now.

The UK government come under a lot of pressure to make sure that kids can't see porn online (a known and growing problem), but as soon as they do something about it, everyone starts shouting about freedom infringements etc. They can't win and they're always far too far behind the curve to come up with a solution.

Personally I think children should be the responsibility of parents, but MPs never have the guts to say that. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

07-13-14  02:31pm - 99 days NoFagsHere indeed... I'm off! (25 Posts) - #14
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I thought it was an anti-smoking reference.

I'm guessing "fags" means something different in the US? Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

04-22-14  07:08am - 181 days WHAT TO DO WHEN SITES NOT WORKING! (8 Posts) - #8
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Speaking from the point of view of a website owner, what I do find really annoying is when a customer e-mails me but then their spamfilter or ISP block my replies. They often don't know I'm replying and send me increasingly irate e-mails. Sometimes replying from an unrelated e-mail address works (but causes confusion) but not always.

I always reply to all customer service requests, but sadly technology sometimes gets in the way. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

03-23-14  06:25am - 211 days Shortlist of warning signs for bad sites? (9 Posts) - #2
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The help button/link taking you to a registration page should be a definite red flag. It would make me very suspicious - what are you supposed to do it you cannot log into the members' area? Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

03-22-14  04:22pm - 212 days What is your system ? (25 Posts) - #13
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1 Win 7 64 bit
2 Chrome v33
3 Firefox v27
4 Yes - before end of the year if all goes to plan.

I can't even get IE to run. It takes about 3-4 mins to open a browser window then usually crashes on the 1st couple of pages shown. For some reason it also takes forever to download/render webpages.

I'm assuming Firefox updates in the background as I haven't noticed it update in months. I used to notice as every time they did an update all my plugins stopped working. I don't have any plugins at all now.

I mostly use Chrome. It rarely seems to go a week before there is an update pending. Not had any problems with shockwave. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

03-21-14  04:10pm - 213 days Striptease - A Poorly Catered for Niche. (260 Posts) - #278
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03-19-14  09:27am - 215 days Striptease - A Poorly Catered for Niche. (260 Posts) - #276
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I don't like stripper/glamour outfits myself. I prefer to see women stripping themselves out of everyday clothing, smart office wear or something you would see woman wearing naturally.

Actually they don't have to be stripping themselves, I quite like to see one (or more) woman undressing another too. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

02-08-14  04:02pm - 254 days Computer upgrade thoughts (27 Posts) - #11
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I've been using a Dell desktop PC for the past 5+ years. It's been absolutely rock solid - excellent machine, and my longest lasting yet. Inside is beautifully built and all the components are good brands. I'm in the UK so not sure if that makes any difference? Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

02-01-14  01:33pm - 261 days Thoroughly disgusted! (17 Posts) - #18
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Originally Posted by Capn:


This is such an old problem.

You would think it would be in an ISP's own interests to limit spam from a system loading issue, if not from a business perspective.

They know where the spam is coming from.

Why do they not fine or ban them?

Cap'n.


Not so easy. A great deal of spam is sent from hijacked or zombie machines so the ISP won't be able to see who is actually sending the e-mail, and that's assuming they can identify all of it. They don't want to be seen suing people who just don't know how to keep their PC secure.

My understanding is that about 30-40% of all e-mail is blocked by ISPs anyway so what you see is what gets through the filters. The spammers keep getting cleverer and adapting. ISPs struggle to keep up and don't assign enough resources to the problem. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

01-28-14  11:29am - 265 days Thoroughly disgusted! (17 Posts) - #2
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I've had a couple of e-mail addresses over the years which I set up to use exclusively with payment processors. In every case I've ended up getting spam on each address within a couple of weeks.

It's interesting to hear that someone else has had similar problems. Every payment processor I've ever used on my sites has always insisted that they never sell on e-mail lists.

I can't vouch for other sites, but I can assure everyone that I have never even considered selling members' email addresses. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

01-22-14  03:42am - 271 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #22
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Lots of women like to look too. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

01-16-14  03:36am - 277 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #18
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I was hoping that this thread would persuade some of the female members to comment, but that's clearly not going to happen. I don't know what we can do to encourage ladies to get involved in the discussions. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

01-02-14  07:43am - 291 days Happy New Year. (8 Posts) - #8
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Happy New Year everyone. I really hope that 2014 is a much better year than 2013 (not that it would be difficult!).

I can't see the industry as a whole recovering, but it would be nice to see it stabilise and show some hope for the future. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-30-13  02:42am - 294 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #6
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Based on names, it looks like about 20-25% of my members are female. They don't take part in the members' forums in my main site though.

Maybe women have a greater tendency to be embarrassed about their interest? Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-15-13  02:47am - 309 days Americanism, Dialect or Improper Grammar? (30 Posts) - #20
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Here in the UK cellar and basement mean different (but slightly overlapping) things. A windowless room completely below ground level would be a cellar - usually used for storage. A room mostly below ground but with windows or skylights letting natural light in, would be a basement. These are more often used as accommodation or reception rooms. Obviously the delineation isn't always that clear cut. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-14-13  03:14am - 310 days Americanism, Dialect or Improper Grammar? (30 Posts) - #2
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Sounds like a grammar error to me. Isn't it wait FOR someone who's late, and wait ON someone to whom you are supplying food or beverages?

There are a lot of differences between the opposite sides of the Atlantic. I've noticed that American's tend to say "write" instead of "write to" eg "Don't forget to write me" vs. "Don't forget to write to me."

The word pavement always makes me chuckle as it's meaning is almost opposite. British people drive on the road and walk on the pavement. American's drive on the pavement. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-12-13  03:08pm - 312 days Striptease - A Poorly Catered for Niche. (260 Posts) - #270
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Originally Posted by Capn:


I don't understand why there are classifications for obscure & extreme things but nothing covering this genre.

Has eroticism been forgotten!

Cap'n.


Me neither. I'm constantly having to put my sites in either inaccurate categories or vague generic ones (like "softcore"). It's annoying Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-10-13  11:58am - 314 days 720p vids are all I need or want (22 Posts) - #11
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Originally Posted by biker:


I feel the same way about photos. They are getting larger and there isn't any reason. 1000 wide images works well for me. They have gone to 2000, 3000, 4000, and now I'm seeing 5000 wide. Each jump in size uses memory exponentially. Besides the fact that they will have sets with 400 to 500 pictures that translates to several being basically the same image. A total waste.

My sites moved up to 2048 pixel wide photos years ago and for 2 or 3 years after the upgrade I held polls to ask my customers if they wanted even higher resolution pics, but the result was always the same - the vast majority were happy to go no higher than 2048 pixels.

Lots of my competitors would advertise ever increasing picture sizes but I just stuck with what my customers wanted. I don't foresee any future increases in picture size, certainly not until 4K monitors become the norm (assuming they EVER do). Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-07-13  10:37am - 317 days Another HIV peformer (6 Posts) - #3
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Obviously I see this issue from a different perspective. It only damages the US industry, reducing their ability to make money from producing new material. It doesn't negatively affect the industry on this side of the Atlantic. Maybe it will even be a boost for content producers here?

One question, how does an infection in one place in your country shut down the industry across the whole country? Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

12-01-13  01:25pm - 323 days Striptease - A Poorly Catered for Niche. (260 Posts) - #267
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It never does. Softcore sites are often hard to match to the classifications they offer. Stripgames and striptease rarely fit anywhere. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

11-20-13  02:58pm - 334 days Need help valuing adult site (5 Posts) - #6
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I've always found Alexa's traffic estimates to be wildly inaccurate. Last time I checked they rated my lead site as having half the traffic of another of my sites. Its figures bore no resemblance to reality, as the lead site actually got over four times the traffic of the other site. I've no reason to assume that Alexa is more accurate for anyone else's sites. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

11-19-13  11:49am - 335 days Need Business Advice (28 Posts) - #26
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Always glad to help, Carter. It's a tough market for us all right now. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

11-16-13  04:35pm - 338 days Need Business Advice (28 Posts) - #24
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Give it time. Concentrate on building traffic. Once your visitor rate is a lot higher you can start to tune the site to maximise your conversions. 1 in 500 is still possible, but you need the right content, presented in the right way and to say all the right things to appeal to potential customers.

I'd agree with the 4-5K estimate. Obviously it depends on how much each membership costs and what your running costs are. My approach has always been to run several sites to give my turnover some security. It spreads the weekly fluctuations and some people will sign up to all of them. There are all sorts of techniques for increasing sales. Quality and reliability are key, but the personal touch can be vital too. Members feeling involved, like they are part of something, can really make a difference.

When the community here on PU is working well, it really enhances the site. When we're going through a quiet patch or some of the mainstay posters are away, the atmosphere here can change completely. The really hard thing is achieving and maintain that ambience for your members. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

11-16-13  10:57am - 338 days Need Business Advice (28 Posts) - #22
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Going back to the visitor count, a 1000 per month is only 33 per day.

You hear all sorts of figures thrown about but most adult webmasters seem to expect a conversion rate (ie visitors converting to customers) of anything from 1 in 1000 to 1 in 5000. With 1000 visitors per month, one sale every month or so wouldn't be too bad.

Essentially, you need to work on getting a LOT more visitors. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

11-16-13  10:51am - 338 days riginstudio.com another site that seems to have died. (14 Posts) - #12
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The porn industry has had to cope with ever restricting laws, increased costs (especially in the world of credit and debit card processing), adult content filtering by ISPs (now mandatory in some countries) and even things like Google removing adult sites from search results unless an explicitly adult search term is used.

I'm sure free content, tube sites, piracy etc. have had a serious negative effect, but they are not all we have had to cope with. Oh and let's not forget the financial downturn (credit crunch, recession - whatever you want to call it). Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

11-06-13  10:54am - 348 days Anyone dealt with SQ-Pay? (6 Posts) - #3
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I've never heard of them and I can't find any trace of them, and SexyNaty.com just brings up a domain for sale page.

Just as general advice, I'd be very wary of signing up to anything via a billing company that doesn't provide information in a language you are confident with. If you were to have problems, it could make things complicated. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

10-26-13  11:16am - 359 days WHAT IS A REASONABLE PERCENTAGE FOR AFFILIATES TO CHARGE (20 Posts) - #19
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Same here, otoh. I get a monthly allowance and above that it's metered. I have been over my included allowance a few times, but not recently. Not sure if that's a good thing or not!

One thing to watch out for with affiliate commissions is whether rebills are included. I'm not too up to date now, but a couple of years ago some sites were definitely taking a loss on commission payments, especially the ones paying anything up to 200% commission. What they were going was paying out on the initial signup and then making the money back from rebills (on which they paid no commission at all)). They'd also top that up by selling advertising space to other sites, and selling memberships to other sites they owned.

I doubt anyone is following that business model any more as rebills have become much less popular. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

10-24-13  12:08pm - 361 days WHAT IS A REASONABLE PERCENTAGE FOR AFFILIATES TO CHARGE (20 Posts) - #17
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Originally Posted by otoh:


Delivering a paysite membership is zero unit cost to the site owner; of course making and running the site costs them money, but unlike a physical product, *me* accessing the site on top of their existing user base is zero cost.

Something tells me you don't run a paysite

Members cost in bandwidth (ie more members=more bandwidth used and resources needed) and the more members a site has the more customer service work is involved. There are also security considerations.
One extra member may be deemed an inconsequential cost, but a substantial increase in membership numbers might mean a new (more powerful) server and more staff.

Also if an affiliate gets 50%, that leaves distinctly less than 50% for the site. Credit/debit cards charge a high percentage per transaction as paysites are considered high risk. I know some sites pay almost 20% to the credit card companies. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-25-13  07:01am - 390 days The silence is deafening (58 Posts) - #14
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Originally Posted by graymane:


They say a picture is worth a thousand words ..... Well Big Ed, you've just painted us a vivid portrait resolute of "porn Armageddon."

I think its only befitting, while Ed is still with us, that a few words on his behalf be said in honor of the monumental contribution he's made to us and this site:
To wit:
Ever since I came on board here at PU, ED, I recall somewhere during that interim having discovered your presence, more importantly was the fact you were a webmaster, and even more surprising is you're the only one to my knowledge who holds that title who's stuck with us up to this day.
And that's just the beginning. Apart from insightful industry behavior you've shared with us, which in itself has been an educational smorgasbord in the territory of porn related matters, especially as it has to do with our welfare -- all of which are gifts too voluminous to even begin to mention.
And the most extraordinary memories I have about this man, that for all practical purposes transcends believability , is the fact that not once have I saw evidence bordering on even a Nano-fraction of a hint of him promoting his websites on PU's domain.
Tis a long-dwelling stroke of good fortune accorded this site that we've had him on our turf.
May for the grace of all that compensates the good-of-man ..... that OUR ED survives this apparent economic curse that's seemingly approaching this industry.


Wow! Thank you, Graymane. I hope I'm not being unfair to anyone else when I say that your post is the most positive and pleasing response I have had to any of my posts. Thank you again, your kind words are very much appreciated. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-24-13  12:57am - 391 days The silence is deafening (58 Posts) - #4
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It's the same story in all the adult forums/networks I know of, even the adult webmaster forums are pretty dead these days. The industry is changing (there's a lot less people in it for starters) and the Internet is constantly moving on.

With changes to the laws around the world making it increasingly difficult and expensive to run adult sites, credit card companies charging us more and more, more mainstream sites tightening up rules regarding adult content and links, its still becoming more and more of a challenge to run a site. Then, of course, Google's new algorithm that attempts to categorise sites is having an affect too. Their ultimate aim is unless you're searching for a porn term you won't find a porn site. It's a good aim, but it kills a huge amount of passing traffic for adult sites.

Most of the UK based sites I know have shut down or moved abroad in the last few months, and the situation in the US doesn't look much rosier.

I don't know why the market is so depressed, but it seems to be the same everywhere. Topsites, banner exchanges, tube sites, blogs, forums etc. all seem to be suffering a prolonged drop in activity and traffic. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-20-13  11:48am - 395 days WHAT IS A REASONABLE PERCENTAGE FOR AFFILIATES TO CHARGE (20 Posts) - #13
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Almost none at all, but it increases site/brand awareness and as most people don't keep continuous memberships if they let their membership expire then rejoin a few months later then the site makes its profit. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-20-13  12:50am - 395 days WHAT IS A REASONABLE PERCENTAGE FOR AFFILIATES TO CHARGE (20 Posts) - #11
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As a site owner, I've never managed to get affiliates to sign up to resell my site for less than 40%. I haven't looked recently but last year very few sites were paying affiliates less than 50%, many paying much more. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-14-13  01:22pm - 401 days My problem with mixed sites! (47 Posts) - #4
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In my experience lots of sites have at least tried going more hardcore because the market was rough (and still isn't that much better) and they feel they have to to make sales. Some of the other webmasters I've spoken to about it have said they had to do that or go bust. It wasn't an artistic decision, they felt they were forced into it by the market.

Personally I won't take my sites that way. If I don't enjoy the content, my customers will soon realise it. It would just ruin the experience for everyone. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-09-13  01:59am - 406 days Is It Incompetence Or Is It Intentional? (31 Posts) - #25
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I wholeheartedly agree, Cybertoad. There are a LOT of poor photographers out there. In my experience a truly good photographer can get good results with amateur equipment, but a weak photographer rarely gets good results with the very best equipment. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-08-13  02:35pm - 407 days Is It Incompetence Or Is It Intentional? (31 Posts) - #23
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I believe it usually comes down to lack of care. Cameramen have a lot to worry about, sadly where the camera's pointing doesn't always get the priority it should. I've never had the problem you describe, but I have suffered camera men who repeatedly fail to keep lighting rigs out of shot. On occasions I had them leave spare cameras in a pile in shot.

I've also had to deal with numerous photos where the camera/photographer has been caught in a reflection. It's even worse on video. Video is totally unforgiving of such errors. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-08-13  08:27am - 407 days Is It Incompetence Or Is It Intentional? (31 Posts) - #21
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In my experience it's impossible to please everyone. Errors aside (and sometimes they are difficult to avoid - even Hollywood gets it wrong on a regular basis) I find that some customers like the actors to acknowledge the camera, others hate it. Some people like a long, slow build up, other complain about it getting boring. Some like photos, some video. Some don't understand why I don't just shoot both simultaneously (complaints about camera noise and visible flashes on video OR slightly blurry photos are the alternative). Some people like lots of talking, others don't like it, and don't get me started on accents.

Different tastes!

Is it better for a site to stick to a single style to be consistent and please a small membership, or try to span a range of styles and attract a wider range of members while not truly satisfying any of them?

Add to all of this that budgets are getting tighter so shoots get less time and effort spent on them, and it just gets worse. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

09-05-13  03:07pm - 410 days Do prescription antidepressants really do a number on your libido? don't miss this (32 Posts) - #2
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I've only been on antidepressants once in my life (almost 2 decades ago) and they totally removed my ability to "perform". Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-30-13  01:07am - 416 days Pornography in North Korea now can get you executed (4 Posts) - #2
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That's not going to help sales!

I doubt any billing companies are operating in North Korea any way. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-26-13  04:31am - 420 days Pay Pal Porn now approved for use ?? (15 Posts) - #13
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There doesn't seem to have been any official acknowledgement of a relaxation. They used to fine webmasters for breaking the rules so I'm not taking the risk until I see something official. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-25-13  05:48am - 421 days Pay Pal Porn now approved for use ?? (15 Posts) - #10
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Too many people buy porn and then when their partner finds out they claim it was credit card fraud and get it refunded. I don't know why PayPal are worried about costs, every other billing company passes the costs straight to the website. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-21-13  12:09pm - 425 days Striptease - A Poorly Catered for Niche. (260 Posts) - #260
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Originally Posted by Capn:


That is rich considering all the obscure & bizarre things they do categorise.

Cap'n.

When I originally started in this business, the category of "softcore" didn't exist. It felt like everything was either hardcore or non-adult, with nothing in between. Back then it felt like there was nowhere to put my sites which was appropriate. That situation has improved over the years, but I still think things are sketchy in the softcore area and I still suffer from not being able to pick appropriate categories.

AMOC can be tricky, but SGC is even more difficult. I don't see there ever being a suitable category available for that Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-21-13  02:32am - 425 days Striptease - A Poorly Catered for Niche. (260 Posts) - #252
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I've been trying for years to get directory sites, review sites and others to add a "Striptease" category. I've lost count of how many times I've suggested it, but it never seems to make any difference. I usually get ignored but on the very few occasions directory operators have replied I've been told that there is no demand for it and it's too niche to be worthy of a dedicated section.

Consequently my sites usually get listed under different, often inaccurate, categories. Often the closest I can get is "Softcore", but that's rather vague! Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-19-13  01:54am - 427 days Absentee webmasters (4 Posts) - #4
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Speaking as a webmaster, I prefer to use the members' forum (on my site) to communicate with members. I find about 1 in 3 e-mails I send to members (in reply to their queries/suggestions) get blocked by their e-mail provider. Some I have been able to reach by using other e-mail accounts, but some I find I am completely unable to contact - leaving them with the impression that I don't care. Very annoying.

If their e-mail provider sends me a message saying that the e-mail was blocked I can use other accounts, but often they don't notify me so I don't know whether the customer got it or not. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

08-04-13  11:45am - 442 days Time to Re-invent? (9 Posts) - #4
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With the market the way it is, I don't think most sites will dare invest in something different. For many sites if they try something new and it doesn't work, they won't recover. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

07-31-13  02:08am - 446 days Forum for rare porn (14 Posts) - #12
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Never assume there is no-one around to enforce copyright. I would strongly recommend getting legal advice on this one. A legal expert will explain the reason why no-one has done this idea. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

07-27-13  06:46am - 450 days UK to block all pornography (38 Posts) - #26
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Originally Posted by turboshaft:


Forgive my ignorance, but I'm surprised Ireland doesn't have stricter porn laws already considering the majority Roman Catholic population (for example, elective abortion is largely illegal). Still, like abortion, I think trying to restrict porn can lead more people to simply break the law regardless of the consequences.

With the news of this recent proposal and now all the weak-kneed babble over the birth of a child to a tax-funded show family I'm kinda glad I'm not living in Britain at the moment.

Don't forget that the Royal family made a deal long ago with the UK government. The Government took over ownership over huge amounts of Royal estates and land on condition that the Royal family was supported from the proceeds. Check the figures - the Government have still made massively more money from that deal than it has ever cost them. The fact that they have sold of much of that property (reducing future income) is a decision solely of the Government.

Also our head of state (the Queen) costs a lot less than most Presidents in other democracies. Plus as she only costs each citizen of the UK about 50p per year, it's hardly a big cost in comparison to MANY others. Webmaster of StripGameCentral and A Measure of Curiosity.

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