NoFap's Forum Posting Rules and Etiquette Guidelines

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  1. Moderation Team

    Moderation Team Announcement Account Staff Member

    Last Updated: Nov 30, 2017

    This page contains the rules for communicating using NoFap's forum. Failure to abide by these rules could result in the following:
    • Removal of your post(s)
    • A warning from the NoFap moderation team
    • Probationary posting (your posts require moderator approval to appear)
    • Complete removal of your ability to post on NoFap (muting/banning) for any period of time, including permanently
    • In the case of advertising or spam, the URL may be blacklisted from our network
    In addition to these forum communication rules, usage of NoFap constitutes agreement to NoFap's User Agreement. Please read the rules and user agreement carefully before participating.

    Do not post pornographic images or links to pornography. This will result in an immediate ban from the NoFap platform.

    Be sensitive to easily-aroused users. Please don't go into graphic detail about your sexual exploits or other sexually suggestive writing without using the "spoiler" code (as seen in the posting toolbar). Don't mention the names of specific porn websites or performers without blocking out the text with spoiler code. If you mention the name of a specific porn site, do not under any circumstances link to it. This will result in a ban. Because of some browsers automatically linking words that look like links (such as, we strongly recommend leaving the .com off. Posts that are deemed by moderators to require “spoiler” code may be edited by moderators without prior notification.

    NoFap hosts one of the most supportive user-bases on the internet. Please help us keep it that way. Be nice to other users of our website, be helpful and supportive, be positive, and although you may not agree with somebody, always assume they are operating in good faith until proven otherwise.

    Please treat other NoFap users with respect. Avoid name calling, insults, and degrading comments. Do not personally attack other users. While everyone is welcome to express their opinion on the forum, please do so constructively. If you do not agree with something that someone has said, you are welcome to question it or challenge it. However blatant attacks on other users because of differing opinions or morals will not be tolerated. This not only involves insulting another user, but also spreading your opinions of a particular user publicly on the forum, and/or using the forums to incite negative opinion against a particular user in hopes the moderation team will ban them. Questioning the morals or postings of another user is equivalent to publicly shaming them. If you have concerns about a particular user, please contact a moderator privately through the Private Messaging (PM) system and/or report the user’s posts with the report button.

    If you choose to report a user, make your report privately. Publically announcing that you are making a report may be considered trolling or a personal attack, especially if the user is not in violation of the rules.

    Misogyny, misandry, racism, anti-LGBT, or any sweeping statements pertaining to every member of a demographic of people is not permitted. Although we may have differing viewpoints, we're all here to help each other abstain from PMO. Particularly, threads attacking women and threads based in hatred to a specific group of people are not permitted on the forum. Although this is a male dominated forum, there is also a significant number of women here. This forum is designed to be an inclusive place for everyone to fight PMO and to support others in recovery.

    If you reveal the identity of another user without permission, you will be banned. More commonly known as "doxxing," it is against the rules to post personal information about another user without permission from that user. Threats to reveal the identity of another user are also grounds for being banned from the NoFap platform. Personal information includes real name, address, family information, career information, or other information about themselves, gathered from outside of NoFap, in a bad faith attempt to harm the person in some way. If somebody wants to remain anonymous, let them remain anonymous. If an accountability partner or online friend gives you their real name, do not post it here unless they are okay with it.

    Stay on topic. Make sure you're posting in the proper forum section. Guides to the kind of topics that belong in each section are posted and stickied at the top of each forum section. If, after reading the posting guides you are unsure which forum section your thread belongs in, please ask a moderator for direction before posting. Don't hijack another user's threads with replies that are unrelated to the original post.

    Criticizing rebooting (abstaining from porn, masturbation, or even orgasm altogether) is permitted. We will not prevent you from expressing your opinions, even if we disagree with them. If you want to debate about porn or masturbation, just don't derail another person's submission or try to discourage particular NoFap users - post a new thread to share your views.

    Respect other people's reboots. While it is alright to have your own opinions about the "proper" way to reboot, it is against the rules to actively discourage particular users from reaching their own individually-elected rebooting parameters. For example, encouraging a user who is abstaining from PMO in their thread to use pornography because using porn is "okay" to you is against the rules. But you can argue that point in your own thread. It is alright to answer questions "Is watching porn okay?" and then offering your opinion but only do so if your advice is solicited. It is also acceptable to recommend additional rebooting parameters ("hey man you should consider abstaining from orgasm too!"), just please don't discourage them from reaching the goals that they have already set for themselves.

    Avatars and Images. As we have a large and diverse user-base, policies are created and enforced with all people considered. For example, while a photograph of a shirtless man might not be arousing for a straight male user, straight females and non-heterosexual men might find the photograph to be arousing.

    Like the general forum rules, sexually explicit images are always prohibited anywhere across the NoFap platform. Warnings are typically not given, offenders will either be temporarily suspended from posting or permanently banned based on how explicit the material is.

    Sexually explicit material can include art, drawings, paintings, cartoons, 3D graphics, photographs, or any other image that appears on the screen.
    • Sexually provocative imagery is unacceptable for a porn recovery forum. This includes clothed photos of porn performers, clothed people in sexualized poses, clothed animated porn characters, etc.
    • Images that feature lingerie, stockings, hosiery, or similar are prohibited.
    • Topless photographs are not permitted for either men or women.
    • Images that show a man or woman’s areolas are always removed.
    • Images that show more than 25% of the chest and torso skin are prohibited.
    • Foot-focused, chest/breast-focused, or sexualized body-part focused images are prohibited.
    • This applies to weight-lifting photos, photos from bands, movies, swimming, etc.
    • “Selfie style” photos are permitted as long as they fit within the other guidelines.
    Final interpretation of these avatar policies will always rest with the Moderation Team. Furthermore, it is possible for an image to be initially approved, and later overturned by another member of the Moderation Team. If your image is deleted and you are instructed to select a different image, continuing to select images that violate the rules will be considered to be disregarding moderator instructions, and may be subject to additional corrective actions. This will apply even if the new image is initially approved and then overturned.

    Advertising is not permitted.
    NoFap is not the place for you to promote your products, services, article, blog, ebook, video, mailing list, website, etc. Advertiser accounts will be banned.

    Spam of any kind is prohibited.

    Collection of user information is not permitted. Studies, petitions, or other initiatives that collect user contact information will be removed unless if first approved by NoFap.

    No posting unsolicited casting notices for reality television, interviews, or other media correspondence without first contacting and getting permission from NoFap. All media requests should be submitted here.

    "NoFap" is the name of our website and it is a registered trademark. We have other trademarks too, such as Fapstronaut, Get a New Grip on Life, and People over Porn. In order to protect our brand and our ability to help people around the world, we have to enforce our exclusive use of our trademarks. Click here to view our trademark usage guidelines. While external websites that utilize our name are not permitted, we highly encourage users to start their own unofficial accountability groups within our network. Violating NoFap's trademarks can result in legal action.

    Don't ask for post likes or replies. This includes as voting systems, etc. "For every like/reply I won't masturbate for a day!" posts will be removed.

    Before reaching out, you should perform a search to see if your question or suggestion has already been posed before. This saves other people's time, improves forum organization, and reduces redundancy.

    Please refrain from posting things of religious or anti-religious nature unless if you’re sharing your personal story within your personal journal. If someone mentions how religion or a lack of religion has helped them, please do not criticize them directly. If you want to debate, use the interreligious discussion group. Proselytization is prohibited. NoFap is not an acceptable place to convince users to join your religion. Unless if you’re sharing your own personal story within your own personal journal thread, submissions should be secular so that users from all backgrounds can benefit from it. Live and let live - regardless of your faith or lack thereof, don't try to impose your views onto other Fapstronauts. For conversation geared towards your particular beliefs, check out the user-organized Groups feature. If a group doesn't exist for your religion, you are more than welcome and encouraged to start one. Get in-touch with NoFap.

    Don't deliberately detract from the experience of other users' ability to use the website. This includes excessively bumping threads, posting the same message repeatedly or in multiple forum sections, posting excessively in a thread without feedback from other users (your personal journal excepted), creating additional accounts to reply to your own posts, using nonsensical phrases, using images that are too large and break the functionality of the website, or other actions that intend to disrupt the normal use of NoFap.

    Money: We do not allow financial commerce to be conducted on the forum. That includes offering goods or services, offering pay-to-join rebooting challenges or wagers/bets, encouraging people to send you money for any reason, or even offering to send other people money.

    Trolling. This is a pornography addiction recovery and sexual health forum. To meet that purpose, posts that are designed to derail constructive conversation - such as "hijacking" a thread with irrelevant information, spamming, posting only with the purpose of inciting a dramatic reaction "trolling", or other similar posts, might be subject to moderation action.

    Accountability group minimum size is 2, and the absolute maximum is 20. Some users try to skirt by our anti-advertising rules by creating giant accountability groups / brands, which are often used to market goods or services. Advertising isn't the intended purpose of the website and posts soliciting mass amounts of personal contact information from users will be removed by moderators. Groups above 20 people disrupt the original purpose of this forum (we intend it to be for forging personal connections between NoFap users) and according to research, are simply impractical.

    Suicide. Some members may experience depression and suicidal thoughts. If you are thinking about suicide or self-harm, seek help immediately. It doesn’t hurt to talk to a trained professional. Here is a list of hotline phone numbers. A trained professional can provide you with the help you need in a discreet and confidential manner. If you notice another user who is discussing plans to commit suicide, bring it to the attention of NoFap immediately by reporting the post, messaging a moderator, and/or emailing us. As hard as it might be to tell if a situation is real and a crisis, do not engage in “tough love” tactics, call the poster a troll, call them attention seeker, etc. First off, you really have zero idea if it is a “real” situation or not. There is always the very-possible chance that it is a person in mental crisis. Anyone encouraging a person to commit suicide will be banned from NoFap. Don’t do it.

    Avatars must not include sexualized imagery, or imagery associated with groups that promote violence (KKK, Nazi, etc). Uploading pornography as your avatar image, of course, is grounds for a ban. However, we also restrict shirtless images of both men and women.

    Signatures must follow all of the rules of the site, along with a few other restrictions. You may not embed images from other websites in your signature. This is to protect the identity of other NoFap users. Furthermore, we only allow linking to in signatures, not other websites. You are welcome to link to other websites in threads and posts.

    Reporting rule-breaking content

    If you see something that breaks our policies, alert the moderation team. If you see a post that breaks these rules, click the report icon to alert the moderation team to take action.

    Other Disclosures

    NoFap is a porn recovery and sexual health platform. For this reason, NoFap's forums are more heavily moderated than other forums that you might find online. This is to keep NoFap porn-free and conducive to our goals of fostering an environment friendly to a recovering porn addict.

    The NoFap moderation team reserves the right to remove content or restrict users' posting privileges as necessary if it is deemed detrimental to the NoFap organization or to the experience of other users. See the user agreement, which is linked on the footer of every page.

    Some staff, contractors, volunteers, or other members of the NoFap team use usernames or aliases instead of their real names. This is done for various personal reasons, but often to prevent their work here from interfering with their outside-NoFap-lives.

    If you have any questions or comments about the rules, contact a moderator.

    A relevant question: Are these conditions challenging my freedom of speech?

    A relevant rebuttal to the posting conditions listed above would be to suggest that such rules are a breach of freedom of posting and freedom of speech.

    A conclusive response to this question has to be: it’s a compromise. This is not 4chan, and this forum is not the same as the Reddit Nofap forum. This site may be more heavily moderated than other forums, but it is designed to be for the benefit of everyone, to keep this site as a safe haven for people to come to when they are trying to quit PMO.

    We are not trying to create some sort of George Orwell inspired dystopia. If you feel that moving to another forum would be more beneficial for you, by all means go ahead. But it has been proven within the last few months that we cannot always expect people to behave maturely here. So, in response, we must take action to prevent further problems in future.

    Can I appeal a ban?

    You are welcome to voice your concerns, but bans are usually not reversed. You may request a review of a ban by contacting NoFap. If senior staff feel that it is warranted, a ban may be reviewed. If the ban is lifted, you will be contacted. A response may not be sent if the ban is not lifted. A ban will only be lifted if the ban was not the appropriate action for the violation. For instance, if a user posts pornography, apologizing and requesting the ban to be lifted will likely not be considered as the ban was in keeping with the forum rules. Additionally, the specifics of moderation actions, such as the moderators involved, details of reports, and rationale used in the decision will not be disclosed.

    Can I contact a moderator for personal advice?

    Do not contact us for personal advice, questions about rebooting, etc.

    Your personal advice inquiry should be posted in the appropriate forum section for community feedback. We do not have the resources to give you free 1:1 support through your reboot. That is what the forums are for, peer-to-peer support and comrade.

    To get our advice, download the Getting Started guide and read through our website pages. We'll likely be releasing more information in the future and support options to help you through your reboot.

    Where can I receive technical support or leave suggestions?

    Technical support questions belong in the NoFap Technical Support forum section. But first, did you read the Forum Usage Guide? It has many answers to common questions such as changing usernames, posting threads, removing accounts, etc.

    There isn't any guarantee that your thread will be responded to by a team member. Team members do respond to threads, when time permits. We do monitor threads to ensure there aren't technical issues with the website.

    Suggestions may be made via this section, but also the Contact page if you would prefer to make a suggestion privately. Most inquiries are not responded to, as we get many of them on a daily basis. But rest assured that it has been read. Not all suggestions are implemented for a variety of reasons (likely financial or time limitations), but we do take feedback seriously and consider everything.

    Store and Premium

    Inquiries about paid-for products or services, such as Store merchandise orders or Premium memberships may be made by opening a support ticket at


    Journalists, producers, or other mass-media creators, should contact NoFap on our Contact page, but only after reading the press kit and website static pages for a basic overview about our organization.


    Academic researchers should contact NoFap directly before posting studies.
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