Quality Amateur Paysites FAQ
We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions in order to further enhance your QAP experience. Many more items will be added to this page in the future, so stay tuned!
 
Just what is an amateur anyway?

Well, the exact answer to that question probably depends on who you ask. We here at QAP divide Amateur sites into two broad categories, with some overlap and gray areas in between. The two categories are "real" amateurs and "corporate" amateurs.

First, we talk about "true" or "real" amateurs. The proverbial girl-next-door, naughty neighbor, or real-life swinger, these girls play a large part in nearly every aspect of their sites from to design to content production, from webcam shows to journal entries. The advantages of signing on with a true amateur babe is the personality and interaction that she has with her members. Most real amateurs love what they're doing and it shows. It's a labor of love for them, not just something they're doing to pay rent. They like keeping their members happy by delivering on photoset requests and performing on live camshows. It's a treat to share their personal lives through journal entries and even 24/7 voyeur cams.

The second category of amateurs are what we call "corporate" amateurs. This is where a company pays a model to pose for pictures and videos and to (hopefully) interact with her members. The advantage of a corporate amateur is that the content is typically pretty good quality and the site design is usually aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate.

Of course, as with everything, there are overlaps and gray areas. There are some amateurs that we here at QAP would still term "corporate" that do interact with the members of their sites even more than some "true" amateurs do. There are also a lot of great real amateurs who have taken things to a whole new level of professionalism and produce high quality content, design great looking, easy-to-navigate sites, update on a highly regular basis, and still interact with their members in a highly personal and satisfying way.


Aaaaaah, my eyes!!! There's too much text to read!

We here at QAP feel that it is our duty to provide you with the most in-depth, detailed site review possible in order to best assist you in your decision to purchase a membership. As a result, you'll find our comprehensive reviews describe every aspect of a site from it's design, navigation, and ad placement to the quality, size, and subject matter of it's content. We've seen other review sites that write the same length review (3-4 paragraphs) no matter how large or small a site's members area may be, but we feel that the size of the review should fit the size of the site. However, having said that, if you're in a hurry or you're just browsing and want the quick and dirty lowdown on a site, we advise you to first take a look at the quick facts and sample pics provided at the top and bottom of each site review. Then check out the Bottom Line, a short paragraph summarizing the content of the site and our overall thoughts and impressions. If you're still unsure, you can always skim our organized reviews and read more about any section of the amateur site that may interest you.


What is a recurring membership and how do I cancel it?

Most adult websites offer what is termed a "recurring" membership. This means that your credit card will automatically be charged again every 30 days (or whatever the period of your membership is--if you joined with a trial membership, you will be billed the trial price and then the full monthly price once your trial period expires). This will continue until you cancel your membership (either via the billing company's website or by emailing the paysite's webmaster). Some people find this rebilling feature convenient, as it is not necessary to re-join the site each time their membership expires. There are some websites that require that you cancel a certain amount of time before your membership is due to rebill, so be sure to read the fine print just in case. Also, please be sure to save the receipts that are emailed to you when you join a site, as they contain important information such as your subscription number or transaction number. These numbers can be useful when you want to cancel your membership. Many websites also offer non-recurring options (usually slightly higher in price) in which you will be charged once for a period of access and not charged again.

Here are some helpful links to aid you in cancelling your website memberships:

What is this DRM thing I keep reading about?

DRM (or Digital Rights Management) is a technology that some amateurs use to regulate access to the video content in their members areas. If you're not already familiar with DRM, here's how it basically works. Let's say you download a members area video to your hard drive. The first time you view that video, you will be prompted for your username and password. Once you've provided these, you will be granted a "license" to view the content and you can go ahead and enjoy the video. So what's the catch? Well, the problem is that the license you received does not provide for unlimited viewing of the video you downloaded. Through parameters in the license (determined by the webmaster who owns the content), the license allows you only a certain number of views (or the owner can also specify unlimited views but only for a certain time period) before you are again prompted for your username and password. At this point, if your membership is current (i.e. you're still a member of the site), you will again be granted a license and be able to view the film once you enter your info. If not, you'll need to join again in order to see the video, even though it's actually sitting right there on your hard drive. The downside for the surfer here is obvious: you need to remain a member of the site in order to ensure continued access to the video. This, of course in turn, is the upside for the webmaster, who uses the promises of restored access to their content to get you to join their site again.


What does bit rate mean?

We use the term bit rate (or bitrate or bit-rate) when talking about video quality and file size. It defines how much physical space one second of audio or video takes in bits. The higher the bit-rate (measured in kilobytes per second or Kbps), the better the quality and the bigger the file size. Without getting into too much technical mumbo jumbo, a 320 x 240 size video with a bitrate of 700Kbps should be clearer and much better quality than a 320 x 240 video with a bitrate of 346Kbps.





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