Where did the AANR logo go?
Well it’s been an interesting ride, at first we were accepted into their “Trusted Website” program.
Our application was approved and we were provided the “Trusted Seal”. After just a few days of
a few of the “trustees of the board” complained and required us to remove it. I know that one of
our smaller competitors is friends with a lot of the people in AANR and in my opinion believe
this may have influenced this decision.
I was denied a reason for the dismissal and even a contact to discuss the matter with, until I
threatened to notify my user base about the dismissal. I was contacted today by Jim Smock, AANR Executive
Director, who told me the reason for the dismissal was because there were some pictures that he found
that could be construed as provacative. There is always a challenge to keep the site clean, and I believe
we do a pretty good job at moderating and removing these pictures, but without completely removing the
pictures it’s not possible to notice every misplaced hand. That said, I was happy to have at least been
acknowledged and given a reason for the dismissal.
The problem that haunts me after this, is not that our site does not conform to AANR’s definition of nudism.
It’s that sites that face the same issues as us are allowed. It seems rather fishy to me that my competitors
who have the same difficulty as us in moderating pictures are allowed into the “Trusted Website” program.
Our site has the most advanced moderation techniques, every single picture is seen by a moderator, and
users have the ability to flag anything that sneaks through, our competitors do not. When I asked how this was
possible, I was told it was not something that could be discussed. I’m not going to persue this any further.
We’ve already been denied a chance to advertise with AANR in January, now the trusted website fees, and
they’ve already lost these 2 members, I hope that the money that they’re turning down is for the right reason,
and not just a friendly favor to our competitor.
What are your thoughts on the matter?