I love this site but really dislike the term Fapstronaut.. any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Discussion' started by DonkeyKong22, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. MattNoFap

    MattNoFap Fapstronaut

    Initially I stayed away from these forums just because of how ridiculous the label "Fapstronaut" sounded.
    I understood the meaning of it, an ex fapper that is pushing their ex fapping habits to the outer limits, to that place of the unknown for most. Also, I initially thought that the word "fapping" was ridiculous. Just a bit childish for my taste. It seems that we need to make things funny to make up for the uncomfortable real words that most people would understand. Or, that we need to turn words into a fad to initially attract the main stream crowd, thus turning the word masturbate into fap (just because is supposably sounds like masturbating). Then we turn a recovering or recovered porn addict into Fapstronaut. It just isn't necessary in my opinion. But then again, It may be somewhat necessary for attracting people to the site. What attracted me to the site was when I was super horny and wanted to control my craving, I would read basically anything from anywhere. Reading peoples recovery stories and problems attracted me. So being labeled a Fapstronaut doesn't necessarily bother me, but also isn't something I would say to a friend when explaining the site, or advertising it. Maybe we should have more than one label each individual can choose when creating an account. So one could say, I'm a "FreedomFapper" or "Fapster", or anything else that obviously points to the same thing. If it's going to be funny why can't it be funny in regards to our own humor?

  2. aaryan

    aaryan Fapstronaut

    I think 'fapstronaut' is funny. It is kind of messed up. But it brings in some humor. I like it
  3. welmwerth

    welmwerth Fapstronaut

    I can see that the name can be used in a light hearted self-referential way, but for people who don't have the issue, there might be some difficulty in explaining it.

    What about...
    MOOD or MOD - Masters/Mistresses of Our Domain.
    Sort of the same joke taken from Seinfeld.
    I kinda like MOD, because it feels as if we're modding our minds.
    For me it's not just about NoFap/PMO. It's part of the journey for sure, but it's also about trying to create something else (or more) with my life.

    Another name is The Quiters.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2014
  4. IGY

    IGY Guest

    Why, oh why, do we have to be subjected to this puerile, non-word - fap - and its ridiculous variations and derivations? Hi Matt. I can only imagine what insanity you were possessed of when you included the word Fap in your username! Taking that into account, I suppose your suggestions are understandable - one could say, I'm a "FreedomFapper" or "Fapster" - *groan*! :(

    You say it supposedly sounds like masturbating. Really, Maybe I am not doing it right, but my member is silent when I stroke it - isn't everybody's? I have seen thousands of clips of guys masturbating and never once heard a 'fapping' sound. The etymology of this word has to be apocryphal. Or do you have to type in - 'man masturbating with a fapping sound'? Does anyone know (I don't want to have to type this in for obvious reasons)! :rolleyes:
  5. NoBrainer

    NoBrainer Distinguished Fapstronaut

    Warning: Potential triggers below
    The word "fap" originated on the internet- probably on tumblr. It is supposed to be the sound that your hand makes slapping your balls on the way down. This somewhat assumes that people who masturbate will do so with a loose grip. If you masturbate with a tight grip you won't hear anything. Also, you won't hear anything if you masturbate without lubrication. If you do masturbate with lubrication, it gets quite loud! I can't believe I'm typing this...

    Personally, I don't really care the site's called nofap. We do not have to define ourselves as "fapstronauts". It's just a name, but I'd rather be known as a fapstronaut than a fapper, wanker or tosser...
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  6. IGY

    IGY Guest

    What a font of knowledge you are NoBrainer! But I have to be honest, the only thing that was triggered was my sense of humour! LOL! Anyway, it seems that we have probably had a word foisted on us by the porn industry or the community of it's adherents. Oh, great! :(

    Personally speaking, my jewels are pretty sensitive, so slapping them is not something I do - I had contact with my dick, only. Fortunately, my parents didn't opt to cut the end off my penis so I don't need lube as I have a foreskin. I will have to take your word for it about the decibels that can be generated, LOL! :D
  7. NoBrainer

    NoBrainer Distinguished Fapstronaut

    I'm pretty sure the word was first used by "the youth of today". Social networking sites such as tumblr are places where young people congregate, so it seems apt that this site includes "youth generated" slang amongst its ideals- since younger generations seem to be the target audience. Not to exclude other age groups though. It bugs the hell out of me though that these very popular social networking sites (twitter, tumblr, reddit etc) are also infested with porn! :mad:

    Hahahaha, well I am also uncircumcised, so I mostly masturbated without lubrication as well. Using lube was something I did on special occasions! Gosh, it sounds really sad now...
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  8. monkotto

    monkotto Fapstronaut

    that made me smile - sounds known - on birthday, at easter and at christmas.
  9. So the study of PMO and its effects on the brain is called fapstronomy?
  10. VanillaMochi

    VanillaMochi Fapstronaut

    I don't really like the word either. But it's unique to us and not everyone is a fapstronaut. It unites us under a common banner and I feel it does more good than harm. It's true that fap is a negative thing that we're trying to overcome. But there is the word "naut (not)" in there as well. So subliminally the word fapstronaut could mean "not masturbate" or "Fap Not".

    I'm just winging it here but I must admit that overtime the word has grown on me. It was also the reason I got to this website in the first place. I googled "NoFap" and read an article that said "65,000+ people on reddit are changing their lives. They're called the fapstronauts."

    To me that was a powerful statement.

    Also, it may help to not take ourselves so seriously. A little humor can go a long way.

    HOWEVER! If we're open to changing the name I'd like to vote for tappy-no-fappy. :D
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014
  11. DonkeyKong22

    DonkeyKong22 Fapstronaut

    I am not a massive fan of the word fap at all, however the site is called nofap.org so I think it's gone toofar with too many users to change that, I think we probably even if reluctantly have to accept the term fap as I have in my posts, as its a commonly used term amongst the users. But fapstronaut , i'd really like this to be optional. Its marmite, love it or hate it but we shouldn't be forced to eat it.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2014

    GRAHAMDONDIE Fapstronaut

    I like the shirt they sell which has an astronaut
  13. 1fapstronaut1

    1fapstronaut1 Fapstronaut

    Fapstronaut is not bad actually.
  14. Lapirata48

    Lapirata48 Fapstronaut

    0 days - NoFap New Birth
    1-5 days - NoFap Newbie
    6-12 days - NoFap First Class
    13-21 days - NoFap Orc Crusher
    22-30 days - NoFap Axe Wielder
    31-60 days - NoFap Pain Walker
    61-90 days - NoFap Senior. Day 90=graduation
    91-365 days - NoFap Grand Master
    > 365 days - NoFap Dragon Slayer
  15. Jasonwolf

    Jasonwolf Fapstronaut

    Totally agree with what DK said. I don't like the words "fap" or "fapstronaut" either.

    On a side note, I suggest "Restorers" (maybe too much like foreskin restoration) or "Rewired". Something with the "re-" prefix sounds great. Because we're getting something back or going back to a better previous state.
  16. TeddyBear

    TeddyBear Guest

    I personally don't care either way. Personally I feel like we're explorers venturing out into uncharted territories of science. We're kind of like guinea pigs with this whole NoFap thing, so Fapstronaut makes a lot of sense to me. Also, based on what I'm reading here, you must all hate my name. :p
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 13, 2014
  17. IGY

    IGY Guest

    "Fap/Fapping/Fapstronaut" sounds pretty silly to me - what does anyone else think?
  18. BuddhaPunkRobotMonk

    BuddhaPunkRobotMonk Community Manager
    Staff Member

    I don't mind Fapstronaut. I know you think the word "fap" is puerile, IGY. And that is the point. PMO is puerile. We are learning to become men. Putting aside our childish PMO ways. Fapstronaut does sound like what we are exploring is fapping, which we definitely are not. But I think most people know that. And the humor behind the name does suggest the ridiculousness of PMO addiction.

    Do you have any suggestions as to what should replace it?
  19. BuddhaPunkRobotMonk

    BuddhaPunkRobotMonk Community Manager
    Staff Member

    Some food for thought:

    eronaut (because we are exploring love, not lust)
    totate/ totumate (from the Latin word totum- whole)
  20. IGY

    IGY Guest

    My suggestion is say masturbation instead of fap.
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