Social Network – Skinbook Goes Back Online:
Skinbook, the naturist social network is back online but is it the real deal and is it legal? Two months ago, Skinbook was resurrected from the dead by an Australian nudist named Dario Western. As many recall, Skinbook, the Facebook of nudism, took in as many as 100,000 members and became more popular than its leading challenger websites True Nudists and Fkk Clubouse.
This all went downhill in September of 2010, when Skinbook’s social program, Ning, altered its terms and conditions prohibiting nudity. Now Skinbook is back on Ning using a former emblem of the original SB that copied both the typeface and color scheme that facebook itself adopts, while adding a twistno nudity, different possession and more seasoned moderators.
For those of you who were fans of Skinbook, you may still have an unpleasant taste in your mouth when saying the name Skinbook. Most of this may result from an e-mail that went out to all its members back on September 12, 2010 from the website’s primary creator, Karl Maddox.
Naturist Social Network Skinbook
It’s with much regret that I ‘ve come to the determination to bring Skinbook to an ending.
After all the effort (and money) we’ve put into saving the Skinbook network; the whining, negativity, mistreatment and general lack of support we’ve recieved from our users has been quite frankly, disgusting I ‘m no longer prepared to supply the Skinbook network to any members past or present.
As much as we’ve tried in the last couple of years to bring together the naturist community and give the naturist lifestyle a positive public image, the treatment of my team here at Skinbook has finally made it clear (to myself at least) why this lifestyle is both fragmented from within and ostracized from without. What you take this to mean is up to you to speculate independently.
For me this disclosure does not need an explination, it needs merely a reaction; my reaction being that from now on I see fit only to completely distance myself from this lifestyle (from both a philosophical and physical perspective) and most certainly from ANY medium which functions to promote it.
Good luck in your quests to find unity within your preferred lifestyle you need it!
Karl Maddocks
With the aim of legal issues we would like to make clear that we retain all rights to the Skinbook name, emblem and any other associated media.”
The resurrection of Skinbook “The Facebook of Naturism”
Over a year has passed since the shutdown of Skinbook, leaving nothing in it’s area other than a standard care page on in addition to; nonetheless, a brand new website just emerged constructed by a assistant of Skinbook, who hopes to keep its name alive and well.
Even while Karl clearly says in his letter that he keeps the rights to the Skinbook name and emblem, this awesome creator, Dario, feels it is fine to restore the social network even while he was unable to find Karl while keeping a Facebook group and Flickr account under the identity of Skinbook.
“I thought I Had let you all know that I Have taken it upon myself to revive the principal Skinbook network, seeing as I already admin it on Flickr and Facebook likewise.
I attempted to track down Karl Maddocks to let him understand, but could not find him everywhere. Anyway, I gather that he is no longer a naturist or a supporter of naturism and he had probably just leave me to make of it what I will since the FB group has been sailing along nicely anyway with no difficulties whatsoever.
With Ning, I could not use the exact URL that he used to start it, so I Have set it up as:”
Dario publicly compares the fresh Skinbook Social Network to both the old and True Nudists in a newsgroup. He says that Ning provides the user with better profile design and skin choices for particular customization. Not only did Ning ban nudity but they also tacked on additional costs for platform users. Dario considers these costs in his personal assessment between the two networks.
“Secondly, Ning is a pay-site now (as mentioned before), but I think it’d be worth it once I get more than 150 individuals applying to join it and will need to update it to a more fully-functional forum with events calendars and a number of other bits and pieces that were free before their own CEO Jason Rosenthal made the changes that I think got Karl’s gander up in the first place.
I was a bit cross too, but looking at it with more hindsight, I realise that there’s no such thing as “Something For Nothing” and “No Such Thing As A Free Lunch”. You want quality, you want class, you want to call societal changes – you gotta pay for it!
Do I view myself in competition with TN by doing this? Well, no, not really. People have a choice as to where they want to meet others and if they like it they’re going to join (or re-join if they were former members). I like and respect this site and what TT1 is doing to make sure that it remains in good order. It’s hard work running a web community, but I believe if one’s heart is in the correct position and you stick to it and give it what you’ve got the rewards are there.
I do not know Karl Maddocks in real life, but I believe he did need to have a little bit of stability and maturity to run a community like SB. I have been running naturist cyber communities since about 1999, and learned quite along the way and still learning.”
When asked in an interview on Nudist Day what Dario thought about the “no nudity” on Ning, he expressed his approval for such a policy, stating that it helps detour unwanted visitors who are seeking out porn sites while enabling the website to be proper for work environments and the general public that may not look to type upon complete frontal nudity.
“There’s a time and a place for everything” he says. A particular group was set up on both Flickr and Dailymotion to accommodate those who wish to share their pictures and videos with the group, although you won’t be seeing any of this content on the genuine Skinbook site.
Outside of Skinbook Dario Western is a self proclaimed musician, songwriter, photographer and fkk activist. He manages and plays in the group “Laissez Fayre”, a concept group which is out to encourage the naturists lifestyle to the Generation X and Y crowd while performing clothed.
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Class: Naked Censorship and Censoring Of On-Line Nudity, Social Activism

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and cofounder of Fkk Portal.