Photo guidelines

the Naktiv site is here to promote the naked human body as being acceptable in all contexts, and encourages members of this site to post media, Art works and diverse photos of their activities. One of the problems modern society has is that it has great difficulty separating nudity from sex, and one of the aims of the Naktiv site is to educate people as to what is “acceptable” in different contexts. Pixellated faces and “look at my cock shots” are amongst the worst kind of content. The rules already cover some of this ground, but here are a few simple guidelines which might help some of the less experienced contributors.

Being naked is simply not enough. There are a billion uninteresting photos of naked people all over the internet, and you probably don’t really want to be the loser who posts the one-billionth-and-one uninteresting photo. Do you? What is meant here, is not to stop anyone from posting a single “selfie”, (lone naked person staring at time-set camera in closed private room), but rather to discourage the posting of endless sequences of inane imagery. the Naktiv site wants to encourage you to ask yourself whether the photo you are about to upload has any redeeming features, other than the fact that you are naked. Photos/images with some artistic merit, or interesting content, will always be extended more consideration and lee-way than the dreaded “selfie”. Even if you are alone, perhaps it’s possible to liven it up a bit, maybe go out into a public area, maybe mow the lawn, or paint a picture, do some yoga, or hoover. These are just ideas. There is so much to say on this subject, and there are several fascinating blogs on this and related subjects here, too:

Gender balance on nudity related social networks

Inane “me naked in bedroom lounge shed” photos

I’m naked

Let’s promote the idea that a nude life is good

Perhaps one of the more typically tragic images we see online is the photo of the lonely male, (and sometimes female), who has placed the camera on the ground, or between his or her legs, who then clicks the self-timer. Some of us don’t have helpful partners, and using a self-timer might be the only plausible way a photograph can be taken – this is all well and good. BUT, just for a moment, consider the camera angle before taking that shot. Consider NOT placing the camera on the ground looking up at your genitals, consider the effect on the viewer, consider posterity. Please DO consider that if your photos come to the notice of a moderator at a late stage, because of being reported, then it’s quite likely for the rest of them to be “swept” for suitability. Let’s be clear about this, the Nook has NO specific criteria for “quality photos”, or “Artistically worthwhile”, or “politically motivated”, or “naked in public”, or “true nudist only”, or “huge crowds of naked people”, or anything of that sort. If you look through the site, you will see a truly vast range of images, covering enormous variety of ability and subjects. This is what makes the naked human body exciting, that it can be seen in so many different ways, by so many different people. Let’s all try to do what we can to maintain that level of diversity and interest and, where possible, quality.

Do NOT be discouraged! By all means post a “selfie”, just not hundreds, please. Look around at what others have done and if they seem more interesting than your efforts, perhaps because of experience, or opportunity, or eye, or for whatever cause, then treat those as examples to aspire to. Like anything, practice will make perfect and, again, we want to encourage diversity here. Indeed, if you are concerned about the appropriateness, or not, of your post, for any reason, you can always use the permissions system to restrict viewing to “friends-only” which will surely reduce friction. So post, but just take a moment to think before you post.

Finally, please READ the Mission Statement again Smile

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