I'm sure all of use have had one or more of these occurrences where the moderators of this forum have removed a question for one of many reasons, but the one that I have seen the most, is the most pointless reason of all.
yes ladies and gentlemen, I am referring to;
"your entry has been removed becuase you are under 18 and, for your protection cannot post sexually explicit content."
now... there are just a few problems I see with this,
1- in many places the legal age for sexual relations is 16 so shouldn't they be allowed to ask for advice and/or help from the experienced users of this site?
2- this rule does not stop or hinder the under 18's from viewing said content from other users, so this action doesn't "protect" them.
3- I wouldn't go as far as to say that most of the deleted question is "sexually explicit", only containing mild sexual content.
so I was just wondering, what are YOUR views on this rule? is it in need of an update? is it just stupid? or do you believe it is useful and plays a vital role in protecting minors from the dangers of advice?
and if they wish to bombard the board with easy to answer questions then so be it. Easy xper.
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The political correctness of this country is sickening and more often than not counter-productive. Have you ever taken a sexual education class? They don't acctually "teach" the students about STDs/STIs or the dangers of pregnency and how to protect themselves from these hazards, they rather just preach abstinance from sex.
From a political standpoint, this is something both liberals and conservitives agree fully on, albeit for different reasons. The conservitives want it because of their deep christain belief of how sex is evil except between a husband and wife, and the liberals love it because of their ever-growing need to try and protect people from themselves. (next they'll be outlawing skydiving and anything other recreational activity that is even moderately dangerous to participants).
This all being said, the policy they have in place is counter-productive, useless, and works against itself because as you said there is nothing keeping those under 18 from viewing the questions, only from asking/answering them. The policy is there so idiotic parents who spy on their kids internet activity don't sue the website, it has nothing to do with sex being an adult topic.
Let this be a lesson to all members under 18: lie about your age, it's the only way you're going to get what you need out of this website.
And the lesson to the site's owners, when and if any lawsuits head your way, all you need to do is say that it is bad parenting that kids lie about their age, not bad management, there is no way to acctually verify that a person is being sincere about their age through the internet without asking for a credit card, which those aged 16 and older can get without their parent's consent anyway.2