- Well-executed pornstar identification service
- Relatively high average image quality
- Free to use and free of (annoying persistent) ads
- Could be vastly improved by additional sorting and filtering tools
- No direct image upload capabilities
Name That Pornstar is a crowd-sourced pornstar identification site that allows users to upload pictures of unknown pornstars for identification by the site's large and knowledgeable userbase. The site began in 2012 and quickly became one of the internet’s premier sources for pornstar identification. It is widely used to this day, which, for a site that relies so heavily on the help of its users, is a good thing—without volunteer identification Name That Pornstar would be unsustainable.
Naming That Pornstar
The primary purpose of Name That Pornstar is for users to upload pictures for identification by the rest of the site’s visitors. This can be done incredibly simply. Creating an account takes less than a minute, with no information beyond a username, password, and email address being required. After that, all you’re required to do is submit an image of a pornstar that you don’t recognize and wait until somebody comes along and identifies them—it’s that quick and that simple.
Unfortunately, the site doesn’t allow you to directly upload photos. You’ll have to use a third-party image hosting site if you want to identify an image that you have saved to your hard drive, or, if its something you found online, you can copy and paste the link into the Add Request section of Name That Pornstar.
Once the image is submitted, you’ll be asked to provide a bit of information. This is both so that users can help you accurately identify the pornstar, but also so that later visitors can find and enjoy the image. You’ll be asked to categorize the picture (from a large and varied selection), type in a title, and optionally add a list of comma-separated tags. Keep in mind when doing so that this metadata is what makes the site work as well as it does, so be sure to be detailed and accurate.
Once your image has been identified, you’ll also be able to access a database containing a cross-listing of each image of that pornstar. In many cases, users’ answers will also contain links to scenes, photo galleries, or other porn with them in it, making Name That Pornstar and excellent jumping-off point for further discovery. If not, a Google search is a perfect next step—but don’t forget to check the comments, too. Especially on some of the more popular images, commenters will often post links to some of a pornstar's best scenes in this section.
The Porn Itself
If you’re really trying to make the Name That Pornstar community a better place, your time is likely best spent in the Latest section. This chronological listing of the most recent uploads will mostly contain unidentified pornstars. As a bonus, since these pictures are ones that the uploader found so impressive that they needed to know the pornstar's name, the content tends to be almost universally excellent.
If instead you prefer to reap what others have sown, the Solved section exclusively shows fulfilled requests. This section, in addition to the top quality images hosted here, is the perfect place to start if your goal is to use Name That Pornstar as a springboard for a porn adventure rather than a tool to identify an image.
Likewise with the Popular section. This tends to be a mix of hot solved requests and even hotter unsolved ones—images so exceptional that the Name That Pornstar community has flocked to them despite not having any idea of the model’s identity. Though not explicitly designed to be used in this manner, using the Popular section of Name That Pornstar as a traditional image gallery is one of the better ways to view porn pics online.
In that vein, there are two other excellent ways to enjoy the images hosted on Name That Pornstar. BY clicking on the navigation menu at the top of each page you’ll see a complete listing of each of the site’s categories. Unfortunately, once you’re within a category you have no way of further filtering or sorting the pictures, but the content is generally good enough that this shouldn’t ruin the site.
A Few Other Ways To Browse
In addition to the user-provided identification that sets Name That Pornstar apart, the site also has a few additional tools that can help users in their search. Perhaps the most useful is the reverse image search, which compares an image that you provide to Name That Pornstar’s entire database, providing instant access to any identical images—and with those images, any identifications that have been made.
Despite this being less in a less obvious location than the site’s primary function, this is probably the best way to start your search most times. Rather than immediately causing yourself to have to wait for an answer, you can see if somebody has already done the hard work for you by identifying the porn star in the image. If so, you can move on with your research from there—and if not, it’s easy enough to just upload that photo and begin the process the other way.
This page also has a few other bonus features. Name That Pornstar offers a list of some of the most recently-identified porn stars. Clicking on any of these will bring you to a page containing all of their photos. On top of that, some of the most popular tags are listed here, too, as are the most recently-identified images.
The site does have a few ads, although they shouldn’t really get too in the way of the user experience. At first glance, you might think the site is completely free of ads, but there are two exceptions. The links at the top of the page titled Live Sex and Fuck Now, are, not surprisingly, hidden ads, but once you know not to click them they’re easy enough to avoid. Far more annoying are the pop-up ads that occasionally appear while traversing the site—but, thankfully, these don’t persist through even the most basic pop-up blocking software, so they’re very easy to get around.
The identification on the site operates on a self-directed volunteer basis, so you won’t be asked to pay money to use Name That Pornstar at any point. The flipside of this is that the site is only useful when users actively identify images, so make sure you pay it forward by naming any pornstars that you recognize while using the site.
Useful But Imperfect
A few small changes would go a long way towards making Name That Pornstar a much better website. First and foremost, the ability to filter and sort the collection as a whole, as well as individual searches, tags, and categories, would make it much easier for users to separate the great porn from the merely good. Being able to directly upload images to the site would be a good addition to save users a bit of time and effort, but that’s more of a minor quibble than anything.
That being said, the site fulfills it purpose nearly perfectly despite these issues. Name That Pornstar could use some work from a viewer's perspective, but when it comes to the titular naming of pornstars, there really aren’t any complaints to be made.
On the whole, Pornsites.com has two different recommendations depending on your specific use case. Though the site comes close to being an excellent image gallery for end-users, there are alternatives that most people will prefer. If, however, you find an image of a pornstar that you can’t identify, Name That Pornstar can’t be beat
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