Hello. Right now when posting a question you can allow both girls and guys of only 1 gender to answer. Sometimes I may need only answer from certain age groups. When I answer something that is related to lets say a lot of life experience I don't want to waste my time read 12 years old answers pretending to have lived anything.
I think GAG should add age groups as filters too in addition to gender filter so I can at least choose filters like : "at least 18 years old, not more then x years old", at least 16 and" so on.
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This isn't to discriminate against anyone, because sometime even small ages may be mature enough or vice verse. In my opinion this will be a nice feature to save time to the question owner. Consider a married person asking something about marriage and wants opinion from other people married or in relationship, I don't think opinions from 12 13 years old people will be helpful to them, they will just waste time reading them.
- Yes it must be addedVote A
- No need for thisVote B
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Most Helpful Girl
Hi! Thanks for your feedback! We'll take your suggestion into consideration as we continue to make improvements to GirlsAskGuys. :)4
Most Helpful Guy
I would say it is not needed for the following reasoning:
1.) How can it be abused is always the first question I ask. For this, I can imagine an overly sexual question being asked to minors. There are already a number of sexual questions asked by people to fulfill the person's fetish or whatever. Pedophilia could be more pronounced. Dating site questions, like "is there any girl between __ and __ who'd like to chat?" may increase.
It may not happen, but it has the potential too.
2.) It would make things more difficult to answer. If this site had a much larger user base, I think it would be more viable. However, the more restrictions you place on a question-- gender, age, categories, anon/non anon, closed questions, etc. the less answers are receieved for specific types and also the more frustration it creates for the user base. It is annoying enough when you click on a question because you feel you have a solid answer, only to see it is for girls only and/or closed. It'd be really annoying if I went to answer something but then they only wanted answers from 19 year olds, or only answers from 21 year olds.
Yahoo Answers has a problem with this in their categories (or at least they used to). They have so many different categories which makes it so that some categories get hardly any site traffic. This creates questions with no answers, which is one reason why I stopped going to there.
3.) There are younger users who can still give insightful advice. I remember seeing a question about divorce before, asking for help. A 14 or 15 year old described that their parents had gone through divorce in a similar situation, and then she offered some really useful detailed info from her perspective. It would say it was much more helpful than some other age groups who gave vague "do it" or "don't do it" responses. She even got MHO for it.
Age and wisdom are not necessarily correlated. Everyone's life is different and can offer unique viewpoints.
4.) ... And even if a younger user does not give insightful advice, all it takes is ignoring the person. Nothing says OP has to read the answers they are given. OP can ignore everything-- it's his question on a free advice site. It takes half a second to see a number by the person's name.
In conclusion, I argue the tradeoff you present (more restriction for less wasted time) is not worth it because time would still be wasted in different ways, and other side effects, as presented above, would create a negative impact.1
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