People often arrive at a nudist-friendly website, such as Naktiv, skim read and agree with the mission-statement, want to share their own content, and then get upset that other people can see it. At a very basic level, this is crazy. The Naktiv site is here, by definition to promote the idea that nudity is ok and to resist the popular Faceache perception that nudity equals sex. That people are concerned about their privacy is fine, that people try to generate fear amongst the user base by posting official sounding notices semi-threatening legal action, is NOT fine. People will always share private information if you make it public. The point is to not make it public in the first place, and you can do this with the extensive privacy settings on the site. Making important sounding announcements do nothing to stop nefarious people from doing what nefarious people do. The answers to this seeming dilemma are very simple, and come in several forms:
1. If you are truly terrified of anyone seeing your content, do not post it.
2. If you really do want to share your content with others, and only want some people to see it, then you should use the site privacy settings to restrict access to Friends Only, or Friends of Friends, or Community Only (which is what most people usually want), or similar.
3. If you actually want to post your content publicly on the internet but you don’t want anyone to ever see it, then you live in cloud cuckoo land.
Naturally, as a corollary to the above, site moderators will always have the right to be able to view all content, to ensure the content is appropriate for the user base, and inline with our minimal set of rules.
Having said all of this, it would be surprising if nobody ever had doubts about sharing their information, and/or images, or was new to the idea of promoting a cause by posting interesting and varied images to encourage others to join the activity. It’s quite natural for people who are new to the idea, to be a little concerned about who might see their content, and what other people might think. This is one of the things the Naktiv site is here to do, to promote the very idea that the naked human body is fully acceptable in all context , and to educate people that nudity is nothing to be ashamed of. Hiding your images (for instance) in a secret place is a shameful thing to do, by definition. If someone needs time to come round to the idea of sharing good things with other people to encourage them to join, all well and good. If someone never comes round to that idea, that’s fine too, actually, and the latter is catered for by the existing and extensive privacy settings which are provided around the site. These facilities are here so that you can set your privacy settings to a level which is appropriate for YOU.
The Naktiv site is here to PROMOTE naked activities and to do this we need to show that we are not ashamed of our bodies. We need to demonstrate that there is nothing shameful about the naked human body. We need to NOT HIDE in secret and in terror of anyone seeing images of our naked bodies. This is the core message behind the mission-statement which EVERYONE read, and agreed to, before joining the site. Whining about “respect in the community” is firstly to miss the point, and secondly to stick your head in a dark hole. The ONLY way to secure your uploaded content is to use the available facilliities which are provided for you for expressly that purpose.
The mission statement is an interesting document and is a MUST-READ for everyone, every now and then 🙂