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Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to pornography. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.


This project covers various topics related to the subject of pornography, such as:

  • Pornographic actors, actresses and models, as well as related infobox templates. Additionally, the project is to implement a standard means of procuring information on pornographic actors, as well as to address what is proper for an encyclopedic article on porn stars.
  • Other porn-related biographies, such as notable porn film directors and photographers.
  • Other pornography-related topics, such as pornography genres.
  • The larger topic of pornography itself, and social and cultural issues surrounding it.

Parentage and related projects[edit]

The parents of this WikiProject are Wikipedia:WikiProject Sexology and sexuality, Wikipedia:WikiProject Film, and WikiProject Biography. Gay and lesbian pornography falls under the coverage of this project, a topic which overlaps with WikiProject LGBT studies. Portal:Pornography is associated with this project.





Reasons you may be on this list:

  1. You have not made regular contributions to articles in this wikiproject.
  2. You have not been active on Wikipedia for a period of time.

If you're back just move yourself to the active list.

Structure for porn biographies[edit]

Before beginning, consider whether or not the person who might be the topic of a porn biography is "worthy of notice" per WP:BIO and WP:PORNBIO.

  1. Create a new page. (See m:Help:Starting a new page for details.) Try to use just the actress/actor's name without disambiguation like "(pornographic actress)" if possible.
  2. Create an outline for the biography article you started:
  3. Find a picture and upload. Image must be free use in nature, not fair use in nature (unless subject is deceased). Images should have a known source and the source should be credited on the "Image:" article page. See also: Wikipedia:Images, Wikipedia:Image use policy.
    • Also note that images should not be explicit in nature, unless an explicit image is necessary for the article subject. Pictures with the genitals, bust, or buttocks of the person exposed should not be posted, nor should there be pictures posted of the person engaging in sex acts. Pictures should not include the person covered in any bodily fluids, including semen. The primary point of a picture is to put a face to a name -- if people want explicit pictures of the person, they can always do a Google search.
  4. Add appropriate templates, {{Pornography|state=collapsed}} plus other appropriate selections
  5. Add appropriate WP:Categories to the article
  6. Create the WP:Talk page
    • Tag the Talk page with appropriate templates and...
    • Applicable sister projects, such as BLP, ethnicity, and/or country templates
    {{WikiProject Biography}}
    {{WikiProject LGBT studies}}
  7. As a follow-up task, you may want to do a search for the subject's name and various forms of it in other articles in order to Wikilink back to the article you have just created. This includes adding the persons name to Disambiguation and Given name pages.

If you are unsure of what to add, search for articles about similar actresses or actors to see what Categories and templates have been used.

Photographs: Free use vs. Fair Use[edit]

It is Wikipedia policy to prefer free use, copyleft photographs over fair use due to the fact that copylefted photos can be used on other Wikipedia projects. As a result, the following section illustrates how to procure photographs that can be used in Wikipedia's articles.

Free / Copyleft (Creative Commons/GFDL)[edit]

The following sources have permitted usage of their photos on Wikipedia, under a copyleft license:

  • Luke Ford photos
    • Photos on that are licensed under the Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution license.
    • Photos previously on, up until August 8, 2001, are also licensed under CC 2.5 Attribution.
      • See here for background on how Luke Ford gave his consent.
      • Be sure to confirm the image source, as Luke sometimes posts images from other sources on his own website (e.g., he has posted images taken by Holly Randall). Either Luke will state in his commentary accompanying the image where the image came from, or the image itself will have a copyright statement. Obviously, the non-Luke Ford images are not licensed under the Creative Commons.
      • Note that as of mid-May 2007, the new pictures that have been posted to have had a "© LUKEISBACK.COM"" tag placed on them. Luke has reiterated his commitment to allowing his photos to be used under a Creative Commons license on Wikipedia.
  • Dirty Bob photos
    • Photos on are available, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.
      • See here for background on how Dirty Bob gave his consent.
      • Note that only the photos explicitly marked as being taken by Dirty Bob are usable; the other images on the website are owned by other people.
  • J. Bruce Howie photos
    • Photos on are available, under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.
      • See here for background on how J. Bruce Howie gave his consent.

Please upload any images that are Creative Commons or GFDL on the Wikimedia Commons. By doing so you allow these images to be used on other language editions of Wikipedia.

Acceptable sources of fair use photos[edit]

The following may be used in a manner consistent with the non-free content guidelines on Wikipedia.

  • Fair Use - see Wikipedia:Image description page for rationale for fair use. Publicity photos are often useful for this, but be careful - non-free (fair use) images are only allowed if a free image could not reasonably be created. If the person is dead, is a recluse, or currently looks significantly different than during their career, then the image may not be replaceable. But for most active stars, a non-free image would be deemed "replaceable" and would be deleted. See Wikipedia:Publicity photos for a historical discussion of what publicity photos are, and their use on Wikipedia.
  • Covers (such as magazine and video box covers) can only be used if giving critical commentary to the movie itself, and not the performer.

For additional tags not listed here, refer to Wikipedia:Image copyright tags.

Requesting permission[edit]

Not acceptable[edit]

  • Flickr user Kamui Sendoh has placed a lot of porn star images under a Creative Commons Attribution license, however evidence has been presented that his ownership of at least some of them is questionable.[1] In general, Flickr images from are not considered acceptable.

To do[edit]


Images available from can be used in a pornographic performer's article. Here are some tools to help out:

  • Google image search
    • Click "image" search.
    • Use the parameters: NAME_OF_ACTOR
  • Once you have located an appropriate picture, note the following:
    • URL of the page that links the image in question.
    • Date the image was taken. If the date isn't written on the page itself, Luke Ford typically formats his pages in this format:
  • Once you've saved the picture, you may have to crop it or enhance the image. Do note that enhancing the image is creating a derivative work, and therefore is still owned by Luke Ford despite any edits done to the image(s) in question. However, it is legal because the image is licensed under the {{cc-by-2.5}} license.
  • Once you're done, upload all images to the Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution license, version 2.5. When uploading, please select a human-readable file name for the image. (For instance, an image on Alicia Alighatti should be called Alicia Alighatti.jpg not DSC 1028.jpg.) Also remember to place the image in the applicable categories, such as Category:Porn stars and Category:Luke Ford photos.
  • If you encounter any issues, please feel free to leave a message on this project's talk page.


Here are some tasks you can do for the Pornography WikiProject:

Also, any articles that are pornography stubs or Pornographic actor stubs need your help as well!

A more detailed list of what needs to be done to the above articles can be located at the Cleanup listing.


Right now, there are a slew of micro-stubs that do not meet the notability requirements laid down in Notability for biographies. Therefore, all users are encouraged to improve stubs on Playboy models (including the "Cyber Models"). As of right now, all Playboy Cyber Girls are nearly non-notable for inclusion in Wikipedia - the most obvious of these are the "Models of the Week". Obviously, use common sense in determining which articles should be tagged for proposed deletion; for instance, the "Cyber Girls of the Year" might not qualify for a PROD. However, there may be an issue with the Playboy "Cyber Girls of the Month".


  • Golden Age of Porn from 1974 to 1984 (DVD dealers say "to 1989", real "love stories" with a script, filmed on expensive celluloid - not on cheap video), "In the old stuff, the models look like regular people. Now it's all clones" - [2].

Important performers: Seka, Annie Sprinkle, Marilyn Chambers, Candida Royalle, Chris Cassidy (porn actor), Richard Pacheco, Jamie Gillis, Marlene Willoughby, Juliet Anderson, R. Bolla, Bobby Astyr, Samantha Fox (pornographic actress), Veronica Hart, Joey Silvera, Teresa Orlowski, Henri Pachard (director), Lasse Braun (director), Brigitte Maier, Alex de Renzy (director), Sascha Alexander (director), John Leslie, Eric Edwards (pornographic actor), Uschi Digard, Kascha Papillon, Andrea True, Arcadia Lake (pornographic actress), Bambi Woods, Billy Dee, Candy Samples, Carol Connors (pornographic actress), Carter Stevens, Casey Donovan (actor), Erica Boyer, Dorothy LeMay, Desiree West, Darby Lloyd Rains, Colleen Brennan, Kevin James (pornographic actor), Kandi Barbour, Johnny Keyes, Leslie Bovee, Linda Wong (pornographic actress), Long Jeanne Silver, Loni Sanders, Louise Frevert, Lysa Thatcher, Mai Lin, Michael Morrison (pornography), Mike Horner (pornographic actor), Randy West (pornographic actor), Rebecca Brooke, Rene Bond, Sharon Kane, Vanessa del Rio, Tom Byron, Robin Byrd, Christy Canyon, Misty Dawn, Kitten Natividad, Sharon Mitchell, Nina Hartley, Amber Lynn, Georgina Spelvin, Rhonda Jo Petty, Serena (pornographic actress), Gloria Leonard, Kelly Nichols, and Jessie St. James.


Do not use template substitution on any of these templates.

Article pages[edit]

Article talk pages[edit]

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User pages[edit]

Image What to type Description
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The Porn Star may be awarded to an editor who makes outstanding contributions to Pornography articles on Wikipedia.


While it can be useful to have some indication what films a performer or filmmaker has worked on, Wikipedia is not an indiscriminate collection of information. Any filmographies should be partial, not a complete listing of each and every film that person appeared in. Filmographies are to be limited to six films at most; any additional listings above that number must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Performer or filmmaker's first movie.
  2. Movies that have garnered awards (for the entire movie or the performer's work in the movie).
  3. Movies that the performer has been in that have received mainstream news attention - e.g., films such as Deep Throat and Behind the Green Door.
  4. Movies that themselves have individual entries on Wikipedia.
  5. Performer or filmmaker's last movie (of their career, not their latest film).

Providing links to the appropriate IMDB, IAFD, AFDB, EGAFD, and/or BGAFD filmographies (in the infobox or under the "External links" section) should allow readers access to complete filmographies of performers and filmmakers without unnecessary cluttering of Wikipedia articles.

Real names of performers[edit]

If the birth name of a performer is being added to an article, note that (per WP:BLP) we must ensure that it is sourced from reliable sources, and it is equally clear what should happen if the source is not reliable:

We must get the article right. Be very firm about the use of high-quality sources. All quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be explicitly attributed to a reliable, published source, which is usually done with an inline citation. Contentious material about living persons (or, in some cases, recently deceased) that is unsourced or poorly sourced – whether the material is negative, positive, neutral, or just questionable – should be removed immediately and without waiting for discussion.[1][2][3] Users who persistently or egregiously violate this policy may be blocked from editing. (emphasis original)

This creates a problem with respect to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) as it is not considered reliable for biographical information. From the reliable source examples page:

"Trivia on sites such as IMDb...should not be used as sources. These media do not have adequate levels of editorial oversight or author credibility and lack assured persistence."

The problem with the "biography" page on IMDb is that anyone can add information to it. As a consequence, it is entirely possible for someone to "vandalize" the IMDB page by adding a random name to the biography page, then turn around and use IMDb as a source for adding the name to Wikipedia.

Even when reliably sourced, editorial judgment must be exercised before deciding to add a pornographic performer's birth name to an article which also uses their stage name. Please review WP:BLPNAME as it relates to names that have been intentionally concealed because of a subject's occupation: " is often preferable to omit it, especially when doing so does not result in a significant loss of context."


see Wikipedia:WikiProject Pornography/Assessment


see Wikipedia:WikiProject Pornography/Deletion

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Useful links[edit]


Academic journals[edit]

Researchers/Academics/Citable Sources[edit]

List of people (academics, researchers, and/or clinicians) who study pornography, have published about it, and/or have been interviewed regarding their views and knowledge of the subject.

  • Constance Penley, Ph.D. - currently a professor with U.C. Santa Barbara, also an author[4], editor, and documentary producer.[5]
  • Erick Janssen, Ph.D. - associate scientist at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University.[6]
  • Christopher Mott, Ph.D. - UCLA Distinguished Lecturer[7]
  • Chauntelle Tibbals, Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin, Sociology (2010) - currently with the USC Dept. of Sociology, spent the past several years researching the adult industry, working to complicate popular understandings of pornography, its enterprise, and its socio-cultural significance.[8]
  • Kassia Wosick, Ph.D. - New Mexico State University Dept. of Sociology professor and researcher[9]
  • Vern Bullough, Professor, Dean, SUNY Buffalo[10]

Google source[edit]

The best online sources of reliable information on pornography are Google Books, Google News, and Google Scholar.

Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · HighBeam · JSTOR · NYT · TWL

Find sources: Google (books · news · newspapers · scholar · free images · WP refs· FENS · HighBeam · JSTOR · NYT · TWL

Google UK sources:

Here is a list of books under the subject of pornography: [4]
Here are book titles containing the word "porn": [5]

Individual words and phrases can also be searched on Google books. Even if you think a particular topic is very obscure, WikiProject Pornography advises you to look it up on google books. You will probably be surprised at what obscure porn-related topics these resources cover - even Bukkake.

If you find a source on Google scholar that you are unable to access without paying, contact User:Willy turner who will access it for you.

Industry/trade sources[edit]

The following sources can be helpful for finding information about erotic performers, though few are considered WP:RS.

  • [6] – A reliable source for adult industry news and movie reviews, though it does not indicate when an article is a press release. In addition, their porn star profiles are often copied from other sites and cannot be treated as reliable.
  • [7] – Reliable source for adult industry news
  • [8] – Contains porn star interviews, although opinion is split on whether the site is reliable.
  • [9] – Reliable French trade journal.
  • [10] – Reliable German news site.
  • [11] - Reliable source for JAV (Japanese Adult Video) industry and Major Awards.

Reliable for filmographies, not biographies[edit]

Biographical information on film database websites are not considered reliable, and should not be used in articles.

  • Internet Adult Film Database (IAFD) [12] – Attempts to be the adult film equivalent of the IMDb. Sometimes has a better biography, usually has a better film list. Can be listed separately using the {{iafd name}} template. Their filmographies are considered reliable, but opinion is split on whether their biographical information is reliable.
  • Adult Film Database [13] – Similar to the IAFD, but usually has less information. Can be listed separately using the {{afdb name}} template. Their filmographies are considered reliable, but not their biographies.
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [14] – Filmography is considered reliable, but usually not comprehensive for erotic performers. However, the IMDb "awards" section (link on the left side) is often very comprehensive (note that winning an acting award is a WP:PORNBIO notability criterion). Can be listed separately using the {{imdb name}} template.
  • British Girl Adult Film Database [15] – For European adult films, which are often not covered by the above databases. Their filmographies are considered reliable, but not their biographies.
  • European Girl Adult Film Database [16] – For European adult films, which are often not covered by the above databases. Their filmographies are considered reliable, but not their biographies.
  • Eurobabe Index [17] – Database listing website appearances (and sometimes filmographies) of European adult models. Includes a number of models not found on AdultWhich. Their filmographies are considered reliable, but not their biographies.
  • AdultWhich aka WhichPornstar [18] – Database listing website appearances of European and other adult models. Includes an number of models not found on Eurobabe Index. Their filmographies are considered reliable, but not their biographies.


Self-published sources, such as a performer's official website, are reliable in some circumstances. See Questionable and self-published sources. Self-published sources should never be used as third-party sources about living persons.

  • [19] – Self-published site by Gene Ross, former managing editor of AVN. Contains news, gossip, and movie reviews. Not considered reliable for the purposes of BLPs.
  • [20] – last site of Luke Ford, porn's gossip columnist. The "stars" section sometimes lists quite a lot of information about a performer, and the photos are GFDL under User:Tabercil/Luke Ford permission; however the photos are not linked to the stars article, and often require image search, as described above. Luke no longer operates the website. It is now operated by Cindi Loftus. As a self-published site, it cannot be used as a reliable source. (Per Jimbo Wales, "... no way in hell is that site a WP:RS.") However, the site sometimes provides links to some reliable sources.
  • [21] – Contains news and biographies. A self-published blog, not considered reliable.
  • [22] – Contains porn star interviews. However, the site is self-published, so its reliability is questionable and cannot be used in biographies of living people.

Not reliable sources[edit]

  • [23] – Runs mostly company press releases and can not be considered independent to establish notability. Its reliability is limited.
  • [24] – A vendor site with porn star biographies, not considered reliable.
  • [25] – Promotional source for escorting that sometimes have articles and interviews on porn star escorts. Not considered reliable.
  • [26] – Many performer and director biographies; appearance lists focuses on products the site sells. As a vendor site, its biographies are not considered reliable, and they are often taken from other sites, such as Wikipedia.
  • [27] – Blog site that often features press releases, satire, and opinions, not considered reliable.
  • [28] – A vendor site with porn star biographies, not considered reliable.

Other sources[edit]

  • User:AnonEMouse/MouSearch [29] – A Google Co-op specialized search engine, that searches sites that tend to provide information on pornographic performers, rather than endless advertisements and image galleries. A work in progress by a project member. However, not all the sites searched for are reliable.
  • [30] – Listing of all the Playboy Playmates with physical stats, photographer credit, birthplace/date, etc. Info comes directly from the magazine or other reputable sources.


When adding an article, please add the entry to one or more of the following lists -- as appropriate!

For biographys

For companies





Note: For people, categories should be inserted into the article in the following format, with XXXX being the 4-digit year, and substituting the person's name for "Lastname, Firstname".

  • Set a default sort order for categories: {{DEFAULTSORT:Lastname, Firstname}}
  • For birth: [[Category:XXXX births]]
  • For alive: [[Category:Living people]]
  • For death: [[Category:XXXX deaths]]
  • All of the above can be replaced by a single instance of the Lifetime tag, which combines DEFAULTSORT, xxxx births, and either yyyy deaths or Living people (if left null), like this: {{Lifetime|xxxx|yyyy|Lastname, Firstname}}
For occupation[edit]
For ethnicity[edit]
For nationality[edit]
For sexual orientation[edit]
For dating (birth and death)[edit]


Pornographic film awards[edit]


  1. ^ Jimmy Wales. "WikiEN-l Zero information is preferred to misleading or false information", May 16, 2006
  2. ^ May 19, 2006; Jimmy Wales.
  3. ^ Keynote speech, Wikimania, August 2006.
  4. ^ "Constance Penley: Books". Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Constance Penley: profile". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Erick Janssen: profile". Kinsey Institute. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Jessica Drake, Tasha Reign to Speak Feb. 18 on UCLA Panel". Adult Video News. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chauntelle Tibbals". USC. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dr. Kassia Wosick". New Mexico State University. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  10. ^ Butler, Jerry. Raw Talent: The Adult Film Industry As Seen by Its Most Popular Male Star. Prometheus Books. p. 10. ISBN 9781615922574.