Our Porn Review Criteria
On Sept 27, 2011, we released a new rating criteria for paysites. Read this message from Rabbit to learn what changed and why.
Content Quality (15 points)
The content quality score looks at video/picture resolution and image clarity/sharpness. On sites that have both videos and pictures, we use the video quality to determine the score as we consider videos to be more important than pictures. However, for sites that put their focus on pictures, we use the corresponding picture resolution scale as a guide.
We look at the most recent 50 videos (when applicable) and base the score on the highest-quality bit rate that is found in the majority of those videos. When scoring cams, the reviewer will look at a minimum of 10 cams and base the score on the video quality most often found.
We consider a site to have HD videos if they have a minimum resolution of 1280x720 and encoding of 2,000 kbps or higher.
In instances where a site provides streaming-only videos, including mobile sites, the reviewer will attempt to acquire the bit rate from the stream. If they are unable to do so, they will base their scores on their own impressions of how they thought the stream looked, from low quality (3) to medium quality (8) to high quality (12) to very high quality (15).
15 points: 8000+k video encoding/hi-res photos (3000x2000 or more)
14 points: 6000-7999K video encoding/hi-res photos (2240x1680)
13 points: 5000-5999k video encoding/hi-res photos (1600x1200)
12 points: 4000-4999k video encoding/hi-res photos (1536x1180)
11 points: 2500-3999k video encoding/hi-res photos (1280x960)
10 points: 2000-2499k video encoding/hi-res photos (1024x768)
9 points: 1400-1999k video encoding/medium-res photos (912x684)
8 points: 1000-1399k video encoding/lo-res photos (800x600)
7 points: 700-999k video encoding/lo-res photos (720x540)
6 points: 500-699k video encoding/lo-res photos (640x480)
5 points: 300-499k video encoding/lo-res photos (400x300)
4 points: 100-299k video encoding/lo-res photos (320x240)
3 points: 99k or less video encoding/lo-res photos (anything smaller)
Content Amount (15 points)
This score looks at the total amount of videos and picture sets on the site. A scene or gallery that is broken up into smaller clips or segments is only counted as one piece of content and not by the number of clips or segments it is broken up into. We may or may not look at defining characteristics such as script, wardrobe, location, etc, when determining if multiple clips or galleries are, in fact, part of the same scene. Video captures are not counted toward the total amount. Photo sets will only count for half marks, so, for example, 50 photo sets will only count as 25.
15 points: 10,000+
14 points: 7,000-9,999
13 points: 5,000-6,999
12 points: 3,000-4,999
11 points: 1,000-2,999
10 points: 700-999
9 points: 500-699
8 points: 300-499
7 points: 100-299
6 points: 50-99
5 points: 30-49
4 points: 20-29
3 points: 10-19
2 points: 9 or less
When reviewing cam sites, we use the following chart. Reviewers base the score on an average of how many models are online after visiting the site multiples times throughout the day.
15 points: 2,000+
14 points: 1,800-1,999
13 points: 1,600-1,799
12 points: 1,400-1,599
11 points: 1,001-1,399
10 points: 401-1,000
9 points: 201-400
8 points: 101-200
7 points: 81-100
6 points: 51-80
5 points: 31-50
4 points: 21-30
3 points: 11-20
2 points: 5-10
1 point: 1-4
Unique Content (15 points)
Main content (not including extras) needs to be 100% exclusive for a site to earn full points. If a site contains a combination of exclusive and non-exclusive main content, it will receive a mark out of the 15 representing the approximate ratio of original versus unoriginal content.
Value (10 points) = ((content quality + content amount)/3) + price score)/2
This score looks at how much content, in both quality and quantity, a site provides in relation to its monthly membership fee. The chart below shows our price score. It is based on an approximate daily cost determined by dividing the first full-month membership by 30 days. Trials, multi-month commitments or discounted recurring charges aren't used since special pricing varies too greatly to facilitate a consistent and fair comparison between competitors.
10 points: $0.40 to $0.60
9 points: $0.61 to $0.80
8 points: $0.81 to $1.00
7 points: $1.01 to $1.20
6 points: $1.21 to $1.40
5 points: $1.41 to $1.60
4 points: $1.61 or more
Price score for live cam sites (per minute)
10 points: under $1
9 points: $1-$1.99
8 points: $2 - $3.99
7 points: $4 - $5.99
6 points: $6 - $6.99
5 points: $7 - $7.99
4 points: $8 or more
Price score for VOD sites (per minute)
10 points: $0.01 to $0.10
9 points: $0.11 to $0.15
8 points: $0.16 to $0.20
7 points: $0.21 to $0.25
6 points: $0.26 to $0.35
5 points: $0.36 to $0.50
4 points: $0.51 or more
Usability Score (10 points)
This score looks at the overall experience of using a site, which includes interactivity, functionality and design (which encompasses both presentation and structure). We understand that each site has its own look and feel, so our score looks at the elements that make for an enjoyable and engaging experience regardless of the site's format.
For standard sites there are 10 criteria, each worth one point. For Live Cam and Mobile sites, the score is determined on five criteria that are worth two points each.
- Standard Sites
- Good navigation: The ability to move around a site easily without hassle or interruption.
- Appealing design: The look of the site is aesthetically pleasing and consistent throughout.
- Favorites: The ability to bookmark the content.
- Advanced search: The ability to search for content beyond simple keywords. This generally includes added functionality to the search feature, such as check boxes and drop-down menus.
- Dated content: Clearly marked dates in the video or photo sections.
- Comments: The ability to leave comments on the material.
- Tags: Hyperlinks that organize the content using keywords, such as blonde, blowjobs, threesomes, etc.
- Sorting: The ability to organize all the content by most recent, top rated, etc.
- User ratings: The ability to score the content, either with numbers, letters or stars.
- Stream Skipping: The ability to jump to different moments in a streaming video without the need to pre-load to any point in the clip.
- Cam Sites
- Notifications: A function allowing members to be notified, either by SMS or email, when certain performers appear online.
- Advanced search
- Appealing Design
- Mobile Sites
- Good navigation
- Appealing design
- Advanced search
- Dated content
Updates (10 points)
When a site is being reviewed for the first time we will determine the score based on the chart below. For sites that include a combination of photo sets and videos, we will only be counting newly posted videos when determining the update score. The only exception to this are sites that place their emphasis on pictures, in which we will only count newly posted photo sets as updates.
If we can't determine when a new site updates their material, they will automatically receive a score of 5. When updating a review for one of these sites, we will determine the score by looking at the increase in content since the last review or update and dividing it by the number of months since that time. As noted in the Content Amount score, a scene or gallery that is released in parts is only counted as one update.
10 points: daily updates for 60 consecutive days
9 points: 25+ updates in the last 30 days
8 points: 20-24
7 points: 10-19
6 points: 6-9
5 points: 2-5
4 points: 1 update in the past 30 days
3 points: updated in the past 31 to 90 days
2 points: updated in the past 91 to 120 days
1 point: updated in the past 121 to 180 days
0 points: 181 days or more since the last update
Other (10 points)
Awarding or deducting points is left to the reviewer's discretion based on their experience and ratings of other sites in the same category.
Downloadable Videos (5 points)
Sites will earn full points if they provide downloads for the videos they have posted. Any issues with broken links will be reflected in the Usability score.
Streaming Videos (5 points)
Sites will earn full points if they provide streaming videos that run on an embedded player. Any issues with the embedded player will be reflected in the Usability score.
Features (total of 5 points)
These are elements that have been determined by readers and reviewers as being standard features for high-quality sites. Although they make up a small percentage of the overall score, these are the little things that separate good sites from great sites and great sites from excellent sites. Because cam sites have their own unique features compared to standard sites, they will be scored on different criteria. Each feature is worth 1 point. They include:
- Standard sites
- Bonus Content: This is awarded to sites that provide access to additional sites as part of the membership. Sites that provide suitable bonus material (such as free cam shows or 3rd party streaming) in place of additional sites will also be accepted. Mega-sites automatically receive the point.
- File Formats: This is awarded to sites that provide more than one file format for their streaming and/or downloadable videos.
- Full Length: This is awarded to sites that provide full-length movies, either for streaming or downloading.
- Clips: This is awarded to sites that break up their videos into parts, either for streaming or downloading.
- Unlimited Access: This is awarded to sites that don't place a cap on how much content can be downloaded or streamed within a specific time frame.
- Cam sites
- Cam2Cam: This is awarded to sites that allow members to broadcast their cams to performers, allowing both sides to see one another.
- Free Chat: This is awarded to sites that offer free rooms that allow surfers to chat with the performers.
- Session Timer: This is awarded to sites that feature either a countdown timer or a visual display on the page that shows a running tally of time and/or money being spent.
- Free Photo/Video: This is awarded to sites that provide free photo galleries and/or videos to surfers. This includes photos and videos featured on performers' profiles.
- Cam Controls: This is awarded to sites that provide an interface that allows members to adjust the screen size, hue, brightness and/or the ability to zoom.
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