We have tens of thousands of users. We have 84,000 nails as of the writing of this post. Over 16,000 different workbenches. Needless to say, we have a crap ton of content going up each day, as well as a crap ton of new users that are joining the community.
We also have a page in our about section called “Guidelines” that lays out our expectations of the community.
Now we aren’t stupid. We know people (especially men) don’t read the instruction book before they do something. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever read the “terms of service” of any product or site. I just check the box saying I did and carry on about my business.
A select few users seem to use MANteresting as a place to post pictures of women dressed in scantily clad clothes, small bikinis, in their underwear, and on a very rare occasion…completely naked. When we send them emails saying they can’t do this, or when we end up deleting their content, they get pissed. Rightfully so, as guys you’d think you’d be encouraged to nail hot chicks right?
Here is why you can’t:
A) 70% of our traffic occurs between the hours of 9am and 5pm, which means people are on MANteresting at work. Most people I know aren’t allowed to look at half naked pictures of women at work and get paid for it.
B) Our wives would kill us if we ran a not safe for work site. This might not matter to you, but we don’t feel like sleeping on the couch every night.
and most importantly,
C) We literally received an email from Google last week telling us they were suspending our Google Adsense contract because of inappropriate content showing up on our site. They linked to an image of a busty girl in a bra and underwear (wasn’t the most scandalous image that’s been posted here by any means). Based off that image, and others like it, they deactivated our account.
We are two guys that have spent over $12,000 on the site over the last six months out of our own pockets. We have sought no funding/investments. Every expense we have, we pay from our personal bank accounts. As our site has grown, so have our costs; Our server costs alone are $980/month.
Seeing that we are not ridiculously rich, and I don’t presume you want to pay to use our site, we have to run a few non-obtrusive ads to help with the costs (they are pretty discrete huh?). Fortunately, I appealed Google’s decision, and they reinstated our account. Adsense fully covers are operating cost and therefore we can not afford (literally) to have Google suspend our service again.
Do I understand you probably want to Nail hot chicks and might be frustrated that you can’t? ABSOLUTELY. We hope, however, now that you have a little more insight, you’ll help us out and keep the content clean.
Lastly, you might be wondering why you still find NSFW images on our site. Again, there are only two of us working behind the scenes, moderating as best we can. There are a butt load of NSFW nails in our archives and we are working through purging them.
If you see something that violates our TOS we ask you to flag it (not renail it). When an image is reported, we get an email sent to us and we can go in and decide whether or not we should remove the flag because the content is fine, or remove the image because it is a violation.
If posting pictures of women (pictures that you wouldn’t be comfortable showing your boss at work) is really important to you, then we probably aren’t the right site for you. We can’t and wont compromise on this.
What do you guys think, how can we make this more clear and known to the general population?