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[–] bill.lee 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Hello, my fellow dot brother. I can't believe we have just met.

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[–] mrmovie 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I think its a smart idea. But one country's age of consent (or adulthood, or whatever it's called) is not the same as the other country. And enforcement would be impossible.

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[–] josemon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Well, as someone that was once a kid, I know for a fact that there is not way to stop them from finding adult material. But they will not be interested to join a serious adult conversation. That is boring. Plus you can tell it's a kid and there won't be much interest for their posts anyways. If they are mature enough then by all means, post away.

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[–] Cattrain 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Someting Awful does a decent job by charging for accounts. I figure you could just charge a few bucks to register, and you would minimize the trolling, because if you get banned, you have to pay to come back. Granted, I'm not sure if I would have registered for Voat if I had to pay.

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[–] josemon 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I wouldn't out of principal. Maybe ask for a donation and give you a badge?

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[–] Calvin [S] 5 points 24 points (+29|-5) ago  (edited ago)

I think that should actually be bumped up to 18 years old and be stated somewhere on the front page.

edit: updated the title thanks to moe. Thank you moe.

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[–] ChillyHellion 0 points 30 points (+30|-0) ago 

I don't think Voat should be excluding anyone it doesn't have to. I'm not sure establishing itself as an 18+ Website is going to be a better PR move than being an inclusive website with some 18+ subverses. As it is the subverse system is trusted to silo offensive content. Shouldn't we trust it to handle 18+ content as well? It just seems like an unnecessary move that will exclude people 13-18 from participating in the many non-adult communities on the site.

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[–] LizardBreathe 2 points 10 points (+12|-2) ago 

Log in and registration pages as well.

18 would be nice.

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

A. Why? Teenagers are inherently a significant portion of the users. It seems like a lot of voaters just want to act like snobs by applying arbitrary restrictions

B. Teenagers have no problem lying about their age

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[–] Shmig 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I just don't agree. It may be because of my relatively still young age (20) but I feel that there are plenty of people under the age of 18 who can still contribute to the conversation. The whole idea that once people turn 18 are gonna change or be more mature then before is silly anyway. There are reasonable mature 16 year olds just like there are immature 40 year olds.

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[–] carb0n 5 points 45 points (+50|-5) ago 

Meh. There are enough teenager who are reasonable and mature. They should be allowed to discuss things like everyone else.

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[–] MrBlueSky 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Agreed, as a parent of an 11 yr old. He is not allowed on social media (by my parental controls on his laptop), but I may show him things I have seen on /v/funny or similar or anything related to his interests e.g. minecraft. If I am there and check it first its OK.

Parents just need to put in a few restrictions on their kids access, and monitor, and try to teach/inform them about Social Media the same way they teach/inform them about 'stranger danger', crossing the road, etc

EDIT I suppose what I am saying is that it should be a gradual thing, let them do it with you monitoring closely and then gradually give them more freedom, the same as crossing the road, until, one day, you feel its safe to let them go into town on their own.

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[–] Linden 6 points 4 points (+10|-6) ago 

I don't entirely agree. Being a teen myself, I would know that even at our best, we are not at all mature enough to get into any real conversations. Hell, I was immature enough to almost post myself as being better than the average teen population.

Granted, many adults around here have less maturity than a Minion (who, by the way, must have been involved in the Holocaust, serving villains as they do) but they have a right to be idiots.

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[–] carb0n 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Sure, teens have a lack of experience and some of them can be terrible immature. But like you said yourself: Adults are often the same. Excluding teenagers feels elitist to me. Kids? Sure, that's not the right place for kids. But teens? Bring them on.

I also think that the internet always was a place to learn and explore for the young. To find out stuff for themselves and talk with other people and adults and learn from them.

Oh, and a short look at your profile page tells me that you're alright, kiddo. I would say welcome aboard, but your account is actually older than mine...

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[–] weezkitty 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

I disagree. Even /r/teenagers in Reddit has rather civil and reasonable conversations

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[–] Existentialist_ 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Being a teen myself, I would know that even at our best, we are not at all mature enough to get into any real conversations.

Sounds like you're taking into consideration a very, very tiny sample size.

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[–] josemon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Ok, here is the thing. Adults think their teen self where idiots compared to their current self so some make the assumption that teens are idiots.

But trust me, I have spoken with tens of thousands of people in my life because of work. There are a LOT of dumb and/or immature people. I could talk for hours about all the shits I've heard over the years. It is not an age problem as much as an individual problem.

Even if you think you were stupid when you were younger, it's possible you were more coherent than a lot of adults.

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[–] somerandomteen 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Couldn't agree more. Yes, some of us are morons, but some adults are morons too. Doesn't mean they should be banned. People usually don't notice I'm a teen if I don't put "teen" in my uname.

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[–] mrskeletaldootdoot 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I've talked to smart teens and some really stupid adults, honestly everyone should be allowed to discuss, there should be no age restrictions. We all are free to make our own choices

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[–] cynoclast 1 points 24 points (+25|-1) ago 

This is kinda dumb. I remember lying about my age on the internet for years. So right off the bat it's unenforceable.

Also, a lot of adults are stupid, and a lot of kids have really insightful things to say.

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[–] cynoclast 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It was. It's now hosted in the US, IIRC. Still run by the same dudes, but it's hosting provider may dictate its legal obligations more than where its maintainers live. See TPB.

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[–] smeezekitty 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

honestly this is kind of absurd. Voat is not primaraily a porn site and being exclusionary to under 18 people doesn't have much merit. A lot of subs would suffer (such as gaming )

Honestly a proposal like this just sounds elitist. An "adult space" isn't much better than a "safe space"

It revolves on the same premise of feeling entitled to be protected from a certain group if people.

If you are trying to make it even a mostly free speech place, voat should exclude as few people as practical

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[–] Calvin [S] 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Sounds about right. Once you have an underage population on a website, you have to accommodate the site to the lowest common legal denominator or just get smeared in any media outlet.

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[–] CaptainFreeSpeech 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

As the self-appointed Captain of Free Speech - I would opine that teens should enjoy Free Speech too! FREE SPEECH FOR ALL!

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[–] Speedicus 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

You fail to realize many people who you may assume to be 18 years or older are actually quite younger. Frankly the reason I even go onto Reddit and this site is to get a wide range of opinions from people all over. Most teens 14 and under won't be on sites like this and Reddit so theres no point in an age limit. This is how you kill traffic and such. It's not like the website is a porn only, or NSFW left and right.

And Facebook definitely does not avoid controversy with the '13+' policy. I know of a grade school that handed facebooks out to children 10 and under.

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[–] martinidude 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

How does a school hand Facebooks out?

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[–] astroskag 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I got a facebook from my school.

Edit: Nevermind, that was a yearbook.

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