Brown bares all in new subreddit: Our Q&A with the site’s moderator
If you, like us, have been wasting time perusing Spotted at Brown during the last few days, you might be aware of a new subreddit heating up the Brown cyberscene. The site, punnily titled BrownBares, serves as a space for Brown students to post revealing or nude photos of themselves. As of yesterday, the URL www.brownbares.com redirects to the site.
To date, 27 posts have gone up on the subreddit, the vast majority of which feature nude or semi-nude photos of students. While most of the photos seem to have been taken in dorm rooms or bathrooms, one brave poster (deemed “Salomon” by his Spotted at Brown following) fully embraced the spirit of the subreddit and took to the 500-seat Salomon DeCiccio Auditorium to take naked pictures. Another female poster hints at having taken pictures of herself in a library bathroom. (Though no photos have featured donuts yet…)
Brunonians aren’t the only college students who like being nekkid on the Internet. Boobs@Bard, for example, is a tumblr that showcases topless photos of the women of Bard College, while its counterpart, Bard Cocks on Campus, features bottomless photos of men. Once those two sites gained traction, copycats quickly arose in WesBreasts/Westacles at Wesleyan, Titties at Tulane/Cocks on Campus at Tulane and Vag@Vassar — the men at Vassar apparently haven’t risen to the challenge.
BlogDailyHerald recently caught up with the moderator and founder of BrownBares and direct messaged him (yup, he’s male, we asked) a few of the questions we’ve all been wondering:
BlogDH: When you created BrownBares, what were your expectations for the site?
Mod: Sometime at the beginning of this year I was thinking about websites like Boobs@Bard and began to wonder about whether or not Brown would want/embrace one. I then came up with the name Brown Bares and knew that I had to implement it. I honestly had no idea how it would turn out. I decided to go with the subreddit route because I had an established user base from r/brownu.
BlogDH: How is it turning out?
Mod: I have been blown away by the response. To put things in perspective, I have only posted once or twice on Spotted at Brown to answer direct questions. Every single other post about this site has come from the user base. I’m very happy that all genders are posting and getting positive responses from the community. It is definitely weird to be sitting in the Rock, writing a final at 1 am, and hear people talking about BrownBares at the table next to me.
BlogDH: You recently posted a new set of guidelines for the subreddit, one of which was that you would remove negative comments on posts. Do you think that this could deter people from commenting? What would constitute a comment that crosses the line?
Mod: The removal of negative posts is certainly at my discretion, which certainly could lead to exclamations of censorship and whatnot. However, I am really trying to foster a sex-positive community. If people are really upset with this rule, I could be a little more lenient about what I take off or not and leave comments to be downvoted as the community sees fit. I guess my main concern is having people being deterred from posting, rather than being deterred from commenting. The posting of personal information, however, will not be tolerated at all.
BlogDH: If someone posted a photo that revealed his/her face, would you crop out the identity-revealing part?
Mod: I would not crop it out. If people don’t want to remain anonymous, that is up to them. My only concern is people being revealed who do not wish to be so.
BlogDH: Have you recognized anyone who has posted pictures on the site?
Mod: I have not tried to identify anyone. For example, I don’t think people should be coming onto this site to try and see if that picture could have maybe been posted by that cute girl from immuno.
BlogDH: Do you know what the analytics for the site have been like (number of pageviews, number of visitors)?
Those are the traffic stats as of December 15. I am very pleased.
BlogDH: Have you contributed yet?
Mod: To be honest, no I have not. A few of my friends know who I am, so if I ever do post, I want to be able to blend into other posts later on.
BlogDH: Does your mom know about this?
Mod: I have actually been contemplating whether or not I will tell my mom. The problem with this whole thing is that I did this cool thing that has become popular, but I can’t really tell people about it.