If you don't want to be sued, lock yourself in your closet and never go out. Never say anything to anyone, look at anyone, never buy or sell anything, never walk on the street...
How can you use a tiny risk of an angry idiot as justification for discriminating against all people under 18 years of age, but still walk or drive or run/mod a messageboard? That has to be among the most irrational rationalizations I've ever heard. Is there something I'm not aware of that would make this make sense? Did I misread something? I don't understand.
This particular adult feels strongly that kids/teens should be free to spend their free time as they see fit, barring harm to anyone. I'd rather someone be thinking about our world and exchanging ideas with other people than buying and using crack or downloading porn. (Disclaimer: I don't have anything against minors seeing porn or using crack any more than I do against adults who do the same.) I have seen many forums of communication, online and offline, where people of varying ages could talk freely, be honest, and get along. I do not see why this cannot be the case here.
As for the "age of majority," the US is not the only nation in the world. (Some Americans just act like it.) Iirc, the "age of majority" generally used in international law is 21 (i.e. an 18 year old dual citizen must have parental consent to renounce citizenship of one country). In any case, 2, 14, 18, 21, and 83 are all equally arbitrary "lines." I disagree with society's prejudices, and I disagree with this board's.
"Fear of corrupting the mind of the younger generation is the loftiest of cowardice."
I'm not the only one who challenges age discrimination against younger people.http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/7357/youth.htmlhttp://www.tcs.ac/Articles/TheFinalPrejudice.htmlhttp://www.soaw.org/new/article.php?id=649http://faculty.ncwc.edu/toconnor/soc/355lect15.htm
And a nice article on why minors should be allowed free speech and internet access: http://www.peacefire.org/info/why.shtml
Hmm, thanks for this immature rule. A little digging has led me to some interesting reading.
P.S. If we are to assume that everyone online lies about their age anyway, why bother? Just say on the registration page: "To post on all the boards at this forum, you should say you are at least 18 years old. If you are under 18, just say you're 34. People might say you're lying, but people might say anyone lies about anything online. Have fun."