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08-29-14  01:22pm - 4 days Other review sites (10 Posts) - #6
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I used to visit several sites but pretty much have given that up for here. I found that most review sites simply pump up the scores (everything is above average ... just like me) and are plastered with links. Besides you don't get to interact much beyond the noobs posting obnoxious comments (like this one).

At this point, I know what I like and what I'm willing to pay for and if there is something new and good on the horizon it will appear here or at TBP so I don't worry about it.

08-06-14  01:06pm - 27 days Is it overall in Porn's best interest to run tube sites out of Dodge? (11 Posts) - #4
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Whether or not we're going down the "tubes" is a subject for debate but they're here to stay. I see both sides of the coin. Tubes do suck business out of the industry but there are always people like us willing to pay for quality and ease of downloadability. Also, most of the major sites have their own tube sites as a means of advertising or pay some tube sites for referral clicks just like PU/TBP operates.

About the only thing I see that tube sites have going for them is that they generate a bit of revenue for the owners. I could be all wrong but I'd bet 99% of the tube site owners aren't making much coin, probably minimum wage type $$. It's just that it's cheap to get one started. Like AW said, tubes still rely on the industry to pay their bills so there is a symbiotic relationship to be maintained.

My guess is that much like the thumb nail gallery posts of old, tube sites will evolve but it's going to take a while. So long as porn is relatively cheap like it is today there will probably be enough true buyers to keep the regular production house industry going.

The internet is going to change a lot in the next decade or two as it falls more under national and regional control (lots of second tier countries pretty much have almost complete control over their national telecom systems) and as the internet as we know it starts to crumble under it's arcane structural foundations. As these issues get addressed it will probably become easier to enforce copyright protections across the web. Designer websites and 3-D porn will also put more pressure on tubes. I don't see the major industry players disappearing but no one really knows since the web is still in it's wild west years and where it goes nobody really knows.

07-08-14  01:09pm - 56 days Is Porn Losing Its sparkle or Do You Think Its Great These Days (32 Posts) - #16
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No doubt about it, today is a hell of a lot better than yesterday in terms of porn. For those of us who have been around the block a few hundred times I could see where we'd become jaded and have a hard time finding new stuff that appeals to us but those juices that got you going when you first got into porn are never coming back.

When you take a moment to reflect you realize that today the quality is almost always better, there are a lot more sites than there were years ago, you can find something for almost any niche you desire, the "oldies" can still be found on most sites, the pricing levels haven't really gone up much ($30 a month has been the usual top level commitment for years), and if you're cheap you have a ton of tube options available that weren't around even a few years ago. By every metric, porn today is more plentiful and better than it was yesterday.

My take is that if you're jaded now then you're probably not looking hard enough or you haven't really adapted. I see my porn hobby as a bit like a marriage, you learn to adapt over time. Feelings and things in general are never going to be like they were at first. If you're still chasing that then you're going to end up disappointed. I spend a lot less time on porn today because I realize the thrill ain't what it used to be so I find different things to spend my time on. Not saying others should do that, that's just how I roll.

07-08-14  12:57pm - 56 days The Joy of "Paint" (10 Posts) - #4
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Although I'm a pic guy I've never messed around creating my own stills. Just seems like a lot of work for not much return. But, I could see where it might be worth it when the video is a lot hotter than the accompanying photo shoot.

05-23-14  09:44pm - 101 days Credit card porn guidelines in US (20 Posts) - #2
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Actually I didn't realize the credit cards even had such limitations. I know that they won't process transactions for things that are illegal (businesses that sell pot in states where it is legal to do still can't do credit cards because it's illegal under federal law) but that was it.

My guess is that S&M borders on the edge of "obscene content" which doesn't have first amendment protections. The card companies are probably playing it safe in the event some site gets hit with obscenity charges and then customers or the feds start suing under some wacko legal theory to extract money from the one source they know actually has money. Promoting obscenity is a federal crime (though I don't think any court has ever said that a card service or billing processor is "promoting" by letting people pay to access a porn site) so this may also be weighing in on the reasoning. Edited on May 23, 2014, 09:50pm

05-18-14  05:44pm - 107 days Interesting article about X-Art and their copyright defence (18 Posts) - #4
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A lot of copyright / patent trolls have been shut down in recent years because courts will no longer let them file class action lawsuits against IP addresses like they used to do. You pretty much have to go after individuals or individual IP addresses now. However, the penalties and fines can be huge (not to mention attorney fees) in these cases and they not really in proportion to the actual damages incurred by a company even when someone is illegally downloading vids. At the moment there really is no "good and/or easy way" to fix the problem on either end of the problem and so we are stuck with the status quo. Another reason I guess to stick with paying a few bucks for your porn viewing pleasure.

05-14-14  01:17pm - 111 days How do you manage/view your porn stash (32 Posts) - #28
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Good luck with that Josiah. We've had others here in the past talk about writing a porn stash database manager before but apparently nothing has come of it. I think the big problem is that the user has to spend a lot of time creating tags and otherwise playing with the downloads that it becomes more of a job than what it's worth. Still I hope it works out for you and let us know if you succeed ... if so then

05-14-14  01:12pm - 111 days Interesting porn-related article in Maxim (6 Posts) - #5
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Let's face it, none of those "casting videos" where the situation suddenly turns hardcore happen by accident. Everyone signs paperwork and gets tested ahead of time (at least in the U.S.). Porn is fantasy and the onscreen setup for these types of shoots is the end product in a business model.

I'm rather surprised by reading about the contract clause that requires these girls to pay more than what they got up front if the back out (this is probably a liquidated damages clause). It's doubtful a casting company would back more that what they paid the girl if it went to court but the dollar amount is low enough that it's unlikely a girl would hire a lawyer to fight it or that the companies chase down the girls who don't do more than refund the upfront money.

As for the moral issues surrounded by creepy porn producers looking for ASU hotties, I say that I'd rather see them trying to lure in college students rather than hanging out at high school senior events or chasing women who are in truly economically dire situations. Pretty much every one thinks they are smarter than what they really are at that age and doesn't fully appreciate the consequences of all the actions they take. While admittedly painting with a broad brush, I'd say at least college girls probably have more of a sense of what they are getting into than your average high school grad or dropout. Does that necessarily mean they are making a good decision .... ?

05-11-14  02:29pm - 114 days New credit card scam? (4 Posts) - #3
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I've run into situations where I've had my plastic denied when I know there is no good reason for doing so. When I've been redirected to a secondary processing site I never sign up. I wait a day and see if any charges go through on my card. If no charges, I try the primary processor again. If denied again, I wait another day (see if charge shows up) and if I'm good then I'll use the secondary processor. So far no burn marks on my skin from using this protocol. It's just that it requires patience which, if we're ready to join, is something that's hard to take.

04-27-14  01:39pm - 128 days Suze Randall Offer: Half Price (2 Posts) - #2
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Saw your post and took a quick look at the site preview. From what I can tell it looks like about 80% of the content is now recycled from old content regardless of whether they classify it as a classic. I think Suze is retired and his daughter Holly who does most all the current shoots has her own sites going so the original suze.net site is basically being ignored. My advice is that you've been a member anytime the last few years then you probably have most all there is to see.

04-24-14  12:39pm - 131 days Identity theft protection services and porn (2 Posts) - #3
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You can always "hide" your online viewing by getting a prepaid credit card and then use that to feed your porn habit. Those just show up as purchases (if you buy them using a credit card -- actually just pay cash or use a debit card), not as a separate credit card account on your history.

04-21-14  05:12pm - 134 days Oxygen Retreat (16 Posts) - #6
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I stand by original post of 4 years ago but add this observation: I sort of wonder how many of the women that cater to these places are trafficked there. I make no implications regarding this particular place but most of these 'gentlemen's resorts' use foreign sex workers so I think it's a legitimate issue. I got no answers but I think it's a question to ask yourself if you ever consider going on one of these vacations.

04-21-14  05:05pm - 134 days WHAT TO DO WHEN SITES NOT WORKING! (8 Posts) - #7
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Here's my fabulous :

As others have suggested, first try using a different browser and trying to download at various times of day. A lot of sites don't keep up with browser upgrades and they can slow to a crawl during peak traffic times.

Second, if you've only been a member for a few days to a week then I'd try the billing processor to see if they can refund your money on the grounds that the site doesn't work. This is usually a long shot but you never know.

Assuming you've been trying to contact the website via email I'd keep trying once a day for a week or so making clear in the email message line that the site isn't working. Chances are that if they don't respond to that email or get the site working again then they just don't care. If it's a small or niche site then you might try emailing them again in a month or two to let them know what happened and to see if you'll reimburse or renew your membership at no cost (again, a long shot).

Lastly, post a comment about the site here at PU (at other review sites too if you want) letting users know that things ain't working and this particular site may be turning into a scam.

I know that when it comes to smaller sites that are run by a single person that life events can sometimes lead them to neglect what is going on. However, to let it get to the point that you can't access what you paid for is too much in my book. "Bidness be bidness" and if you can't deliver or make arrangements to have someone cover for you then you're going to catch flack for it so let them have it.

04-11-14  12:17pm - 144 days What to do about the Heartbleed Virus? (5 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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What to do about the Heartbleed Virus?

Somewhat surprised that this hasn't been posted on yet so I thought I'd chime in.

In case you've been living under a rock you probably know about the Heartbleed virus: the hidden trapdoor that can allow hackers to exploit a supposedly secure ssl site (this is the setting that sites go to when, say, you enter the billing information section). In other words, Heartbleed will cause you considerable heartburn if you get nabbed by it.

The conventional protocol seems to indicate that we're supposed to change our passwords to all sensitive sites (aka - sites that contain billing or financial information) and to avoid at all costs using duplicate log in names / passwords on these sites.

When it comes to porn, I've pretty much decided that at least for the next few weeks I'm staying away from pay porn. While the major billing sites like ccbill seem to be safe (here's a site that can verify if a site is exposed to the heartbleed virus) this doesn't necessarily mean that the actual porn site where you record your password info is safe. My reasoning for staying away is that you can often contact a billing processor using you your password / log in info so I'd just rather avoid any potential headaches in the short term.

Since this is considered to be a major internet security flaw I would expect that the big web players will have patches up and working in the next week or two and that most self respecting webmasters will fix their sites shortly thereafter.

This whole pile of crap makes me think I should start using a password management site in order to track all of the passwords I already have ... and have written down and cleverly hidden in plain view right underneath my laptop. Anyone have any experience with a password management site?

Also, webmasters who use this site might want to post a comment stating that their site is free from the Heartbleed if they want my business soon.

04-11-14  11:59am - 144 days Name recognition in porn (20 Posts) - #3
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Probably true but most of these people, if they don't know porn, probably don't make it past the first page or two of a google search for "porn". It's only once you get tired of the endless searching and mediocre quality on tube sites and start looking into pay porn that the top of the heap start to emerge and rather quickly. Since most people aren't into paying for porn I'd say that porn name recognition doesn't really matter much to the general public and companies like DDF are better off spend their advertising bucks at a more select demographic.

04-01-14  10:44am - 154 days Trade your Unused Gift Cards for a DDF Network account (14 Posts) - #3
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Mmmmm. X-mas gift cards are now really "X"-mas gift cards. Actually this is a pretty cool concept.

03-28-14  01:19pm - 158 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #36
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I saw this article yesterday that talks about the difficulty porn stars have in keeping their private lives private. Although not directly on point, I think there are definitely some overlaps as to why we don't see so many women posting here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/porn-stars-privacy_n_5023168.html

03-23-14  01:06pm - 163 days Shortlist of warning signs for bad sites? (9 Posts) - #6
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Dubious site warning signs:

1. Very few or no previews.
2. Unknown billing company or billing processors from Cyprus or Eastern Europe.
3. Little to no feedback here at PU and limited reviews from other sites.
4. Bad grammar (I'm not being picky here, just a sign that someone tossed the site together quickly or on the cheap).
5. No signs of any customer support / help or they take you to the join page.

03-22-14  11:45am - 164 days What is your system ? (25 Posts) - #12
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1. Windows 7, 64 bit
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3. IE 9 only rarely
4. Nope

03-16-14  02:26pm - 170 days "Your porn is not Canadian enough" (16 Posts) - #6
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I ask, where would the world be without these classic Cannuck porn vids: "The Dark End of Whitehorse", "The BBW of Blubber Bay", "Who's Pole at the North Pole?", "My Big Beaver in Big Beaver", "Sluts Who Live in Smuts", "Blow Me at Blow Me Down" and the high school sex ed film "Conception Bay". Then again, all this potential Canadian smut just makes me want to Blame Canada in general

03-13-14  12:52pm - 173 days Chapter one: The calm before the storm. And this is not about the weather (25 Posts) - #2
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Wow. Sorry to hear that things are sliding to the "not so good" side for you (understatement of the moment). I generally don't like to hear about ambivalence from people in medically troubling situations because that indicates a lack of hope / lack of positive attitude which is probably the best medicine out there but I'm not going to badger you about that since I'm not in your position. In any event, I hope to see your postings for a long time to come ... besides, think of all of the porn updates you'd be missing.

02-23-14  03:15pm - 191 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (37 Posts) - #36
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Last time I crank up this post. First, I just wanted to personally thank Comcrap for jacking up my bill by another $2 a month for nothing new other than the privilege of being forced to use them.

Second, apparently pay for play has already started. Comcrap and Netflix just cut a deal where Netflix gets funneled directly into the Comcrap system (no third party hosting / connections) so that Netflix can deliver faster connection speeds. This deal probably has been in the works a while and really doesn't have much to do with the recent legal rulings, I think it's just that in order for Netflix to keep growing they had to reduce buffering times and increase quality which is what this deal does for Netflix. However, I assume that Netflix is paying Comcrap for this privilege which leads me back to my first point ... thanks Comcrap for raising my rates for nothing.

Third, net neutrality is not altogether dead. Apparently the FCC (the government body responsible for putting us in this mess) has decided to go back and rewrite the rules to classify the internet as a communications business (duh) which will ultimately result in net neutrality probably becoming the law of the land again ... in a few years ... assuming the lobbyists don't entirely hijack the process ... so I guess that means we can't assume anything.

Lastly, it seems to me the biggest problem we in the U.S. have is the concept of who owns your cable lines. In Europe, a company can lay the cable line to your house but they don't have a monopoly over the line, the home owner can subscribe to different services. In the US, the cable company owns the line and can deny other providers use of that line. In effect, this limits competition and creates situations like mine where if I want high speed I only have one option. I'm changing my tune a bit and I now think this legal lack of competition is the number one driving force behind the high costs here in the states and the biggest threat overall to the future of open internet.

02-15-14  03:57pm - 199 days Anyone remember the first days of their internet porn usage? (28 Posts) - #21
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I think I found the internet in about '98 back when AOL rocked the house and a 56k modem was high speed. Of course it didn't take long after that to find the naked bits on it either.

I joined a few sites that I'm sure are long since gone. Vids were super choppy and maybe only a few minutes long ... and waiting for them to load was like a Heinz ketchup commercial. The pics were maybe a few hundred pixels and pretty crappy. The thing I remember most was that the sites just threw a bunch of stuff out there. Boy / girl, solo, beastiality, whatever they could get their hands on to put up on a site that looked like porn. It definitely was the wild west back then.

01-22-14  07:45pm - 222 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (37 Posts) - #35
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I don't see it as bad as LPee does mostly because there is another option out there: what is the customer willing to pay. Most ISP's will probably partner up with the likes of Google, Facebook, etc. and everyone will have universal access. However, a lot of people still need to get around the web and dig into stuff beyond the Greatest Hits. I think ISP's will offer tiered pricing where they can cheap access in exchange for ads and whatever access deals the ISP's negotiate and then they'll have the "rip off" tier where you have to pay more to get unfettered access like you have today.

Yes, tube sites will suffer (frankly, will we really mind if a million or two of those disappear) and some small websites will go away too (mostly the ones offering the same stuff as everyone else but also some unique amateur sites will get hit too).

In the long term, things will even out as the web expands and technology grows but it's going to be what happens in the next decade that probably have the most impact.

01-22-14  12:37pm - 223 days If iTunes offered porn... (29 Posts) - #2
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Depends on if you want to be a follower or a leader and how you view the industry. If you're going to be a follower than it seems pretty simple to adopt the I-Tunes model of $1 per download (assuming good quality HD).

If you want to be a leader that involves more risk since you don't have the resources to accurately gauge your potential market. Would people pay $2 per download? For us PU'ers that probably seems expensive given that we know we can rip a whole site for about $20. However, for the casual porn viewer is really $2 unrealistic if there are convenient tags and search options? My guess, which is only a guess, is that people will stick with the crappy tube sites unless you're at the $1 per download or less (of course cheaper is better).

My view of the industry is that porn is pretty much a commodity and those who really follow specific porn stars are in the definite minority. Your question then becomes which market do you want to tap. If you're just selling wares from the major porn studios then you don't really have much input in terms of what they are willing to sell you. In that case, you're probably going to have to go cheaper to get the masses to buy in. If you want the new site to be a place where individuals can market their wares (maybe a separate channel) then you can charge more for having the niche market.

The biggest problem I see with such a channel is tagging consistency. I've never seen a larger site that had consistent tagging because they had too many tags or too few and/or too many people doing the the tagging. I don't mess around much with I-Tunes but I suspect that the face the same complaints so maybe I'm over estimating this issue.

Lastly, in order to get people to buy you're also going to have make sure that you can promise that their video will be around for freaking ever. Don't be like Kindle where the user wakes up on day and suddenly finds that their book is gone because of some licensing issue. This means you have to host the videos on your own servers and not rely on individual websites to stick around. Not so much a big deal any more but just a note.

01-17-14  12:10pm - 228 days Is anyone using Windows 8? (29 Posts) - #13
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I figure everyone by now knows the Microcrap Rule: Only every other operating system works well. Windows 95 was great / Windows 98 only so-so - XP was awesome / Vista, well we know how that turned out - Windows 7 (which I use) works well / Windows 8 .... you know the rest.

I also don't really understand why HP does all this crap to their computers. I also got an HP laptop and it came loaded with a bunch of worthless programs that just generated popups and demands for updates. If you're completely clueless about computers this software might have some value but if you're just trying to get stuff done with real software then it's pointless. Like Exotics I just deleted the HP stuff or permanently shut it down and made my life easier.

01-14-14  12:01pm - 231 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (37 Posts) - #23
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As predicted in my initial post above, the fed court of appeals nuked the net neutrality law today. Nothing is going to change overnight as the legal process is not over yet but unless the government passes an actual net neutrality law (the net neutrality provision that just got nuked was an administrative rule, not an actual law passed by Congress and signed by Obama) plan on changes in the next year to two.

Here's a link.

01-12-14  02:11pm - 233 days What's the right amount of "free"? (34 Posts) - #20
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Glad I waited to respond to this one. My initial thoughts were in line with most others in that there a gazillion tube sites out there so why waste time trying to tempt the freeloaders with more freebies. I don't frequent them but I know a free are going to some HD so you're not really going to break any ground there.

My only other initial thought is that 10 pics are just too few. Double or triple that. There aren't that many pic hounds out there any more so I don't think it hurts to give us a little more freebie action to judge the goods.

My next thought was that the industry needs to shift to more of a token / itunes model which Rick duly noted is where he wants to go. Show a clip (probably 1/3 to 1/2 is OK) in HD and have a "Buy the Full Clip NOW!" button where customer can buy the full HD video and pic set (even though us pic types are in the minority it still adds value for virtually nothing). PU and the site split the fees. The only down side is that the New PU ends up having to mess around with credit cards / sign ups / consumer data (don't end up like Target) / licensing agreements / etc., which might cause more pain than gain. The upside is that if you can build a viable model like this and develop a template then that means extra $$ down the road when you can sell or develop templates for sites that already operate their own tube sites.

Overall, while I think adding such a model would add value to the new site it isn't going to overly add to the "social" aspect in that most people will just view for free or buy a couple of clips and move on. Like PU / TBP most will just be gawkers reading all of our prose in silent awe ... and wondering why the hell we just don't shut up sometimes.

01-10-14  12:25pm - 235 days Jb's Blog (54 Posts) - #45
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Not much to add here but I do like your little personal blog here. I thought about doing something similar a few years back but I'm just too damn pedantic for most people. Love your stuff and hope to see it on the new site.

01-09-14  12:32pm - 236 days myporn.com - first look! (73 Posts) - #14
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My 2 minute quicky tour yields the following impressions:

1. Like the look. Very much a step forward over what PU / TBP has today.

2. Like the number of options and various subsites. Definitely allows for more customization.

3. Like some have mentioned, it is a bit "clicky" but given the number of subsites I think that is to be expected.

Here's a few "yet to be determined" aspects:

1. Acknowledging valued members. Obviously we had the trust rankings and points system here. Not really sure what will be carried over to the new site. It'd be nice to at least show what members have high trust votes and high volumes of trusted reviews / comments / etc without too much clicking away.

2. Too hard to find back info? I think most people (aka - not the type that really read or explore the forum here) would just center on the main page of subsite. If only 5 or 10 posts / reviews / etc. only appear without a bunch of additional clicking is that too limiting. An idea might be to copy Facebook and similar sites where you have unlimited down scrolling (more info keeps getting loaded the more you scroll down).

3. An explanation of the subsites. On the main page of myporn, on the upper left and across the top, there is a list of each subsite. Might be worth it as an initial startup feature to have a brief pop up explanation of what each site is and is for whenever you hover your pointer over the subsite icon.

4. Sort of like here at PU, it would be nice to have a member profile page. I assume that is in the works but not showing at the moment.

5. What is really needed is a Wittyguy crowd sourcing donation button that will fund my future career as full time dirty old man.

Dats all I got for now.

01-03-14  02:32pm - 242 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #10
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Without taking the time to dig through the archives here my memory tells me that few women posted here in the past only to be hit up with a bunch of members asking questions about the women. Nothing terribly sexist but definitely not overly welcoming either.

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For whatever reason, the $30 a month rate seems to be the cutoff mark for the porn industry. I read an article a few months back that said the industry has pretty much found out that this is the upper limit the average user will pay to join a site for a month and that most of the major players in the biz have found this to be true.

My theory as to why this persists in the age of high speed internet is simply because it's the way it always has been. Like how much of the world operates, it's just easier to keep doing what you've always done especially once consumers get used to the concept. The online porn biz started out with monthly memberships so that's what you mostly still see.

I've always thought there was more room for variable pricing (monthly membership, limited trials, expanded trials, pay per view, etc.) and I sort of thought more sites would be heading this direction by now. The main reason why this hasn't happened is because the big boys of porn don't do this. Why offer pay per view or multiple trial levels when you can get people coming back every few months or sign them up for long term reduced price deals. Most consumers of porn are "one and done" meaning they stick around for only a month or so and then don't come back. Because this is the realm of the average consumer (created in part because of what the average consumer expects) the porn sites have to optimize revenue by getting the most from these people. Thus, you're stuck with monthly memberships.

While this is a pain for those who really like a site(s) and only want the recent updates recognize that you're in the minority. If I were a website owner and things were going OK financially I couldn't see the benefit in setting up a pay per view system (the cost of coding and site alterations, etc.) versus the payoff of getting a few extra members for a few $1 downloads when I know if they really like the site they'll be back in a few months to hand out money for the monthly membership. Porn is a relatively cheap commodity already (it costs more to see a movie in a theater and have some popcorn and a soda than it does to join most sites for a month) so it probably doesn't pay in both time and money for the site operators to be trying to suck up a few extra bucks a month when the current system seems to be working OK for them.

It's probably going to take a good quality super site to shake up the current pricing paradigm and I don't see many leading the way at this point. Only once the big players move will the smaller sites follow along.

12-28-13  11:46am - 248 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #5
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In the past, the few members who at least claimed to be women and posted here in the forum pretty much got hit up with a lot of less than admirable responses to their postings. For whatever reason, a lot of guys seem to think that women in porn forums are fair game for a lot b.s. or unnecessary / unwanted attention.

It wouldn't shock me to know that there are a few women here who hide behind neutral or male sounding screen names. However, I suspect that vast majority of us are just dudes doing their thing ...

12-25-13  12:17pm - 251 days Merry Christmas to all (9 Posts) - #4
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Merry Rated X-Mas to all.

12-23-13  12:17pm - 253 days Al Goldstein Dead at 77 (4 Posts) - #5
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He was already obsolete when I started watching porn decades ago. However, he definitely was an influence on the way we see our smut today. Not a nice guy but back then being nice was not going to cut it in the porn world.

12-19-13  11:52am - 257 days Target Store Credit Card Hack (14 Posts) - #2
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I almost never shop at the big box stores but guess who actually did ... at Target ... using their debit card ... about two weeks ago. Thinking about just having the bank cut me a new debit card at this point. Merry x-mas to me.

12-14-13  01:29pm - 262 days Any new information on the replacement TBP/PU site rollout? (35 Posts) - #4
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Man, in the other thread on this topic I think I wagered three of my badges that it'd be going by the New Year. Looks like I'm about the get demoted in the PU army

One thing I've been thinking about and would put out there as a request for the new site(s) is the possibility of having a "like" button. Yeah, I know it's waaaay overdone on social media but sometimes I read a review or comment or forum posting and don't really have anything to add but I'd like to give the author a tip of the hat for their effort without writing a response. Maybe I'm just being lazy but it might generate more interest in the new sites if people can at least get some positive feedback even if people aren't taking the time to write responses. My guess is that I'm not alone in taking this position. Anyway, just a request.

12-12-13  12:38pm - 264 days Psychology Study!! Please help! (13 Posts) - #7
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I took the survey. The one thing that was a bit unusual was that you are supposed to take 5 minutes to write about a porn scene you've recently seen but there are no directions as to what to write about. Not sure about that one. The last page has some explanation about what the research aims for (here's what it says):

What was this study about?
This study was an investigation into the possible impacts pornography consumption has on self-concept. It's aim is to explore the possible effects sexually explicit material has on an individual's self-esteem and body image. It is not assumed that pornography always has a negative effect on one's self-concept, so this study aimed to explore the possible effects it could have.

Why is this important to study?
There is well-documented research outlining the negative effects of portraying thin women and well-defined men in magazines and music videos. Comparing oneself to the appearance 'ideals' portrayed in the media can have negative effects on one's self-worth, self-esteem and general confidence. As there is not as much research exploring the possible impacts pornography has on one's self-esteem and body image, this study aims to expand the research in this area.

How was this measured?
There were two different versions of the questionnaire you have just completed. You may have been asked to describe an action film that you have recently seen or asked to describe a sexually explicit video before answering questions about your self-esteem, body image and sexual attitudes.
The study was designed to test whether recalling a sexually explicit video would lead to changes in self-esteem, body image or sexual attitudes. I am also interested to find out whether people who view more pornography in everyday life tend to have higher or lower self-esteem and body image.

12-10-13  12:32pm - 266 days 720p vids are all I need or want (22 Posts) - #12
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I agree with the original opinion in that 720p works just fine for me and even though I dig pics I don't really need 5000 pixels to get the point across. I mostly take this position because I don't want to be loaded down with external hard drives, not to mention paying for them even though they are relatively cheap now a days.

The only argument I really see against this is if you're taking the future into consideration. When I was a kid we had a 19" tv which was fine, I couldn't imagine having a really big one in the space we had (aka - a 30" tv). Today, I can't imagine regularly watching the tubervision on anything less than a 40" HD model (I hope that's not because I'm "going blind") in a space about the same size as we had when I was kid. In the not distant future you're going to find your desk is monitor, you can roll up and stick up a mat on any wall to be monitor, hell - you're going to find entire walls that are monitors at prices that won't entirely break the bank. The future for vids and pics will probably be even more supersized than today. Maybe I'm just old fashioned but I guess I don't expect the porn to better or be more meaningful if I can see a closeup of a vagina the size of a refridgerator so I'll stick with my wimpy small collection that looks fine on a 23" monitor.

11-22-13  01:08pm - 284 days Any other "groupon" like sites for porn (2 Posts) - #3
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Touche to Khan. Actually it is sort of a cool idea but one that's not ready for prime time. Porn sites advertise on other porn sites and places like this because that's where they're future client base hangs out. Porn sites pay a referral fee for each paying client that comes from the referral site. In effect the system in place is a bit like Groupon in that sense.

However, a Groupon type site wouldn't really work for porn, at least in my mind. First, you would need a trusted clearing house (aka - a Groupon like site) that a consumer would trust to turn over their credit card info and trust that they get refunded if the minimum number of "buys" isn't met. So far, nothing like that exists that I know of but that doesn't mean it can't be done.

Second, porn is more of an impulse purchase for the majority of users that is already relatively cheap. I don't see a lot of people waiting for a groupon deal where they might save $5 or $10 of a $25 site (compared to a discount they might find here for example) when they have the time and inclination for porn "right now".

Third, the vast majority of porn folk prefer the freebies seen on tube and pirate sites as opposed to paying. If most people aren't going to pay anyway, I don't see a Groupon site changing that fact.

Fourth, quality and time are big factors for people who pay for their porn. I pay for porn because I know that what I choose download is worth keeping and I don't have to hunt all over internet hell to find what I want thus saving me time. You don't see big companies on Groupon because they already have what people want, why undercut yourself when you don't have to. I would foresee a porn Groupon site being flooded with small niche sites with limited mass appeal and sellers of crap porn that's been cloned and resold to death for the last decade. The major players who produce the good stuff at a reasonable price would probably stay away, thus limiting the draw to a Groupon like site. Porn is already loaded with rip off sites as well and a Groupon site isn't likely to be able to sort through the good from the bad, thus discouraging buyers from taking the leap into something "new" - that's why we hang out here.

Lastly, Groupon is slowly dying because the model was so easy to replicate and because merchants discovered that they weren't getting enough return traffic to justify handing out a deep discount to the masses. Porn sites are already a low margin business and they know that most users don't stick around for very long. If I were a pornsite operator I'd ask myself "why bother" when the system in place seems to be working. Edited on Nov 22, 2013, 01:11pm

11-20-13  12:49pm - 286 days Need help valuing adult site (5 Posts) - #4
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I got absolutely zero experience with valuing a website but I'd go so far to say that you should venture outside the world of porn and look at how "normal" companies that sell web only content (aka - nonretail, consumer good stuff) are valued. Traffic means nothing if it doesn't generate sales. I do know that buying a traditional brick and mortar company is quite involved and you have to do your due diligence ... definitely not something you just up and decide to do unless you got a pile of cash you want to burn.

11-12-13  12:40pm - 294 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (37 Posts) - #7
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Paying for bandwidth is still the bid baddie for us today as it will be for some time to come. I use Comcrap for my ISP and even though I pay like $60 a month for standard broadband, I'm limited to 300 GB a month in downloads (although that is not a strict limit - I think they start charging you more if you consistently top that). If I were a heavy Netflix user, heavy online gamer, or had a gigabyte internet connection that limit would probably be blown out of the water each month.

The possible changes coming to internet site access and DL limits imposed by ISPs sort of lead me to the conclusion that the internet (and what now passes as tv) is going to become a lot like the airline industry in that if you want anything extra or even a slightly better experience then you're going to have to pay a fee for it. Until enough people rise up and say they won't put up with all the b.s. it will continue and, in the case of the internet, become the status quo.

The only immediate game changer I see to this world of payola is you, the consumer, agreeing to give up even more privacy so that "sponsors" (aka - ads) will agree to give you some of that better internet experience for free ... but you already know what free gets you.

p.s. Graymane, man if my head isn't big enough already .... just hope I don't find time to reinstitute the PU awards again

11-09-13  04:31pm - 297 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (37 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change

This has been at best a minor news story but the ramifications will probably be felt by many of us in the upcoming years.

Currently, the US operates on a loose premise of "net neutrality" where ISPs cannot discriminate against websites or web traffic based upon the origin or content of the material being transmitted. This became law back in 2010 (however, the rule never applied to wireless or mobile signals - good luck trying to figure which is which now a days). Currently that law is being challenged by Verizon in an appeals court which, although a ruling has not yet been made, has strongly indicated that it will allow ISPs to discriminate against websites.

So, what does this mean? It means that if the law is struck down like many foresee then the web will shift to a "pay to play" format. Websites will have to pay ISPs to prevent them from disrupting traffic or limiting speeds whenever an ISP feels like it for any reason it wants to come up with. Yup, it becomes a shakedown for large internet based companies (Netflix, Amazon, Google, etc.). For smaller internet companies (aka - 99.9% of all porn sites out there), their users will be subject to possible disruptions at peak times or overall slower speeds if the downloader's ISP chooses to go this route.

It is also probable that as internet users we will also get caught up in the shakedown act. Do you want high speed all the time? At peak times? For fast access to websites not paying shakedown money already? If so, then paying your ISP more money for that privilege is probably going to become a theme too.

My guess is that the current laws will get struck down or at least modified so that net neutrality is just a phrase, not reality. If so, then I would expect the "pay to play" model will directly affect porn aficionados first because porn is an easy subject to start limiting, especially all the porn pirating and tube sites, because there is no political voice for this subject. Long term, I would expect things to get back to more "normal" levels like today but we'll all probably be paying more for this new normal.

11-09-13  03:55pm - 297 days What makes a real man? (49 Posts) - #36
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Real men contribute to the PornUsers forum

10-10-13  12:40pm - 327 days Who will be the first real celebrity to cross over into mainstream porn? (9 Posts) - #8
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I don't foresee any mainstreamer going porn any time soon. Certainly no A or B level star would do it because they would be giving up way too much money and lose whatever brand they have. Hell, Hustler is always offering million dollar + payouts to less than top talent (aka "Octomom" and the like) and they never get takers. Miley is doing what she's doing because it generates publicity and publicity makes you money and serves a crutch for people who don't know anything else / better. The only time you'd see someone do this today is because their career is washed up, they're broke, mentally messed up, and lost any kind of a support network ... not something I'd be interested in seeing when the media already offers up a smorgasbord celebrity train wrecks.

10-09-13  02:26pm - 328 days Random Levity (46 Posts) - #19
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Well, leave it to me for inserting a little "random levity" into the forum

10-02-13  09:49pm - 334 days Random Levity (46 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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Random Levity

Alright, the forum has been way too quiet as of recent and filled with too many people saying "adios amigos" in lieu of the upcoming demise of this corner of cyberspace. Guess it's time for me take another brain dump with just a few random thoughts caused by excessive brain damage and too much time looking at porn. Feel free to add you own to this thread:

If you really like someone but can't seem to escape the "friend zone" to take it to the next level does that mean your serving time in Palcatraz?

If someone doesn't believe that they'll ever get laid does that make them a sexual atheist?

If a cop pulls you over for drunk driving can you get let off by saying "In dog beers, I've only had one ... ossiffer."

This one basically speaks for itself ... and maybe Drooler:



With all the famous tag lines movie stars have had over the years I often wonder no porn stars have every tried to come up with one. You know, some porn starlet could squint and say before every come shot "Go ahead, make my day" or something similar. If I ever started a vegan porn site -- a yet undeveloped niche that would involve no pussy/beaver eating but lots of cream fillings -- I'd make sure my porn stunt dick bellowed out this line at the start of every scene:



And, last for now, what the members of Congress are currently doing during our fabulous government shut down:

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09-25-13  12:58pm - 342 days The silence is deafening (58 Posts) - #21
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My last post on the matter of the transition (no, I'm not leaving) and current state (or lack thereof) of PU. Here's my take:

Participation, especially new voices, has been decreasing for quite a while now. That's just life. PU, the forum, porn, etc. have all been around for a while so that the loss of that fresh car smell was bound to cause some drop off as people get distracted by more / different online temptations. The demographic for a lot of the heavy PU contributors is pretty much white men(I'm just guessing but I doubt I'm wrong) over the age of 30; not exactly a recipe for drawing in the masses. Plus, the mere fact that PU and TBP are about porn paysites already tosses this crowd into the minority of online porn seekers. Basically, like the Republicans today, the demographics were already against us and they they aren't trending back no matter what we believe.

Participation was going to decrease by the simple fact that the weekly raffle is no more. I get why it was discontinued but the fact that it's not here any more was bound to have nothing but a negative effect on participation levels here.

In addition to the loss of the raffle, Rick got overly excited about the new digs he's building and started showing off blueprints for a construction project that is 3 to 6 months from being completed. Suddenly everyone knows that life here is going to change / end in a yet undetermined manner from our perspective. Again, this is going to have nothing but a negative impact on participation and accelerate the attrition that was going occur anyway just due to the transition. In other words, people were going to leave just because of the change; period. It's just that the process is getting drug out longer than it probably should have been and that creates even more limbo and uncertainty that isn't helping anyone.

My final take? Take a chill pill, crack open a brewsky and spin that hard drive of yours to pop up your favorite classic porn vids. Life is always changing, we're all gonna die some time, and PU is going into the internet archives whether we like it or not (I envision PU's place in the archive being sandwiched between this guy and all the internet rants from people who hate how the "Dexter" and "Breaking Bad" series ended). All will not end once we move, it will just change and will hopefully have some different and new contributors (and maybe old contributors disguised as new ones) as well as some of the current crew.

09-25-13  12:16pm - 342 days All Good Things Must End ! (19 Posts) - #3
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Sorry to see you go Cybertoad. Don't know what to say that might make you stay so I'll just add that I hope to see you in the next PU incarnation.

09-22-13  02:12pm - 345 days Do you have / who is your current “it” girl(s) (60 Posts) - #27
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Good luck to you jberry (let's face it, a lot of us here probably need some operations from the neck up). Don't know your exact situation but I'm at the point in life where a lot of relatives in the generation above me have had to go under the knife in the last year for various ailments (including brain surgery). All have come out in much better shape and much happier than before. It's natural to think of possible "bad" outcomes but the reality is that you're almost always trading short term pain for long term gain. Keep positive.

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