Best Practices for Content Curation

So picture it. A friend just sent you a large folder filled with an assortment of still images, brief low-resolution movie clips, a handful of lengthy high-res videos, and a grab-bag of duplicates and non-germane materials. Alas, none of the files offer meaningful names. And it’s not even super-clear who’s featured in the folder until you start to open random images and then catch a screen name emblazoned in the bottom corner of a movie clip.

In other words, someone shared a full content scrape from an OnlyFans performer with you, yet he didn’t even complete the minimum due-diligence to tidy the scrape. Now what?

If you’re like a large number of people, you’ll immediately repackage it as a torrent and, maybe, upload the file to your Mega Drive or Dropbox or Google Drive as-is. And if you do ever look at it again, it’ll be to share it in pretty much exactly the same format as you obtained it.

You can do better, though. Up your game! Curate the damned folder!

JSL’s 5 Tips for Pro-Level Content Curation

A screenshot of the data-entry screen for a random record, in the database JSL’s Binder Full o’ Whores.

Everyone’s different, and everyone deploys different levels of OCD about the precision of a given content folder. For example, I’m a fan of logging content in a database. I track acquisition sources, biographical data, various flags, and cutsheets of stills and videos. A colleague of mine relies on a series of subfolders. Someone else includes a very basic plain-text file with names, a few biographical sentences and some links to social accounts. To each his own.

But some “content hygiene” standards aren’t quite as subjective:

  1. One person per folder unless it’s a multi-person folder. Particularly with OnlyFans scrapes, it’s common for models to promote “collabs” by posting clips of other people or sharing compilation scenes with other performers. Remove that garbage. Some of those OF folders present up to a third of the content as other performers’ promos, particularly when the ostensible subject of the folder tries to solicit “collabs” by prostituting his own feed for others’ benefit. By removing these promo clips, you’ll keep the folder tidy and reduce archive sizes. Sometimes the subject isn’t one person but rather a couple. That’s okay—label the folder as a duo rather than by the identity of just one person. Likewise, a folder that’s based on a theme rather than a person is great, provided you don’t name the folder after one person within the themed collection. The subject of a folder can be a person, a couple, or a theme; whichever you choose, ensure the content matches.
  2. Thou shalt de-duplicate thy folders to keep them holy. I once came across a 20 GB torrent riddled with angry comments that half the archive was internally duplicated. Some OnlyFans performers repeatedly repost the same content. Especially with trading through torrents and file lockers, people remain sensitive to archive sizes, either to manage ratios or to limit space constraints. Padding a torrent to get the upload-size credit, at the expense of downloaders who waste credit on the D/L, is a dick move—and one I reward with one-star ratings regardless of whether I accessed it.
  3. Exercise restraint to limit folder sizes. There’s no need to transmit 300 copies of almost exactly the same photo. A FMBN trading partner once offered to share a folder that contained more than 200 still images for a specific model with a long professional career. Which was nice, until I realized that the folder really contained just a dozen unique-ish images, with the other 188 merely variations thereof. Just this week, I curated a folder I received that featured almost 1,200 photos—250 each of four different same-day/different-outfit modeling sessions—that I whittled down to just 34. Aim, therefore, for a representative sample rather than a massive data dump. It’s relatively rare that a still-photo archive benefits from more than 50 images—and that’s for a person with a long history in the public (pubic?) eye. A few clothed modeling pics, a few nudes, a few close-up dick pics, a few action pics—that suffices. Multiply by two or three for people with long careers and evolving physiques/styles, to capture the subject’s evolution through time. That’s enough. Similarly, I’ve seen archive folders with several hundred gigabytes consumed by several dozen videos of different 10- to 20-second closeup jerkoff clips. Why the overkill? It’s as if people horde these files like people horde toilet paper during a respiratory-virus pandemic.
  4. Give files descriptive names. Few things are as frustrating as looking at an 8 GB torrent and realizing that it’s filled with 100 files with names like h48xlkdh30s398e32.mp4. How can someone tell if anything in the folder is new? Or has been de-duped? (In most cases, archives with these file names are never de-duped.) Filenames offer powerful clues about what’s in the folder. I always rename photos to match the subject’s name (and, in some cases, with nude or non-nude tags) and I rename videos to include the subject’s name as well as an indication of what it is — e.g., Smith, John – blown by Sam Doe.mp4. It’s even okay to be slightly imprecise and just use labels like sex, oral, solo. In Windows 10, highlight all the files to be renamed, press F2, and type a new name. Windows renames all the selected files, appending a (1) or (2) as needed. That minimal practice is far better than just … leaving the OF scrape name.
  5. Context is king. Who’s in the folder? What’s in the folder? Adopt a strategy you can live with. For me, it’s a Microsoft Access database with the cheeky title of JSL’s Binder Full o’ Whores, the title of which is something of an FMBN inside joke. But the database lets me print a PDF report, nicely laid out, that sits in the root of the folder and offers all of my contextual data. For others, it’s a simple plain-text readme file with a few sentences identifying the subject and a few other bits of data. It’s often helpful—particularly for torrents—to screenshot (separately) the photos and videos, or to call out one to four still photos as representative of the content in the collection. The ShareX app is great for screenshotting all or part of a file location, and it’s free. You need not thumbnail every video; thumbnailing the collection is often good enough.

The benefit to following these five basic rules of curation is that other people will recognize that you take yourself seriously and are more likely to engage with you in the future for more … obscure … content sharing. People who share large, disorganized folders replete with duplicates and random filenames reveal themselves to be too mercenary—and thus too much of a risk—to warrant elite trading conversations.

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