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Are there age limits for participation on ATS

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posted on Nov, 23 2007 @ 11:26 PM
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Usually when I get involved in discussions in these forums I am completely unaware of issues related to age. I just take the comments of others for what they are and judge them on their content alone.

Once in a while it will be obvious that a poster is a very young person or a very immature person. I'm not disconcerted by this. Usually I just let their comments pass or if they seem sincere I respond with whatever I think is appropriate to the conversation.

I don't have preconceived notions about what ATS should be and I certainly don't have some kind of prejudice against listening to the ideas of young people. That's the beauty of an anonymous forum. Ideas stand or fall on their own merit.

I think a lot of what I am trying to say could be summed up by saying that if I were a parent, I would be concerned if a young teenager of mine were spending a lot of time on ATS. I would be sounding them out on what they were getting out of ATS and would be trying to encourage them to maintain a critical balance.

I guess one can only hope that children without proper parental supervision will find and gravitate to the balanced and intelligent views expressed within the threads and avoid toxic views and toxic personalities. I'm sure a lot will. Some undoubtedly will not.




posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 01:49 PM
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Originally posted by ipsedixit
I guess one can only hope that children without proper parental supervision will find and gravitate to the balanced and intelligent views expressed within the threads and avoid toxic views and toxic personalities. I'm sure a lot will. Some undoubtedly will not.

And that would be different from Real Life™ how?


The staff of ATS works very hard to make sure that this site is 'family-friendly' e.g. no porn, swearing, discussion of illegal topics and we have a policy of no recruitment allowed. That's more reassurance than a parent will get when their child is on their lunch break at school or on a sleepover.

At some point, you have to trust that kids aren't stupid and are capable of making their own decisions. Sometimes they might fall down a few times, but that's how they learn and grow.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 02:03 PM
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For some reason I always wonder what is considered "an illegal topic" I guess for everybody is means different.
and the base for censorship.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 02:20 PM
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I don't think you're the only member who wonders that and you're right, it does mean different things to different people. That's why some of the 'biggies' are laid out specifically in the T&C.


2e.) Illegal Activity: Discussion of illegal activities; specifically mind-altering drugs, computer hacking, criminal hate, sexual relations with minors, and stock scams are strictly forbidden.

www.abovetopsecret.com...

A good rule of thumb on ATS is 'When in doubt, use the laws of the USA' because that is the law the servers are subject to.


SO had a great thread on this very topic: UPDATE: The Discussion Of "Illegal Activity" On The Above Network Sites (ATS, BTS, AP). While it's mainly focused on one area of 'illegal topics', the same reasoning applies to the rest.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 02:25 PM
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Content folks, that`s the thing here. There have been times that I`ve read posts by a member and then later found out they were 15 and I`m like, `Wow, that`s one smart kid.`Conversely I`ve seen posts and then the member will say something about their kids and I`m like `BS, you`re not old enough to have kids.` Age is not the issue imo.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 05:26 PM
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I'm glad I started this thread. It was helpful to air my views and to read the responses. I have less of a nagging concern in the back of my mind now.

I've never tailor made responses to take into consideration the fact that there might be children involved in the conversation, but I think I might take a little more care now to rein in the vehemence a little when discussing issues that I feel strongly about. I think it is still possible to make points in an emphatic way without bulging the veins on my typing fingers.

Anyway, thanks to all who took time to respond.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 05:30 PM
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I'm glad when someone gets something useful out of a thread. It proves that there is good that comes from being here.

Now if the rest of the internet would adopt tis attitude.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 05:44 PM
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To be honest, I don't try and think about how old someone is - I've been surprised in a preconception before now.

As old as you feel and as good as you do.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 05:50 PM
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I don't know if any of you folks have noticed the below thread or not (I've not seen it mentioned here) but it seems rather appropriate to this discussion.

It seems that the OP is a 16-year-old who is rather overwhelmed by all of the conspiracy stuff about which he had been reading and hearing.

For the most part, it seems that the people participating in that thread are doing a fairly decent job of supporting the kid..."bucking him up", so to speak.

So, maybe for a kid who is troubled by these sort of ideas and theories, just maybe this could be a good place to come.

In a way, who better to help someone navigate this than someone who has already done so and come out of it with a rational head on his or her shoulders.

Just a thought.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 05:52 PM
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I dont see a problem w/ teens posting here.....I feel most subject matter is appropriate - as most are not of a sexual nature. That is where I would feel rather odd posting amongst "kids".


There is a forum I used to post on....and it was small and could get raunchy (in a good way LOL) at times. Then I found out one of the posters was a 14yr old boy...and after reading some of the posts he made (while I thought he was an adult)....I was kind of grossed out. Havent been back since. hahaha



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 07:02 PM
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Originally posted by intrepid
Content folks, that`s the thing here. ..


Context too.. I find that is the difference between an offensive and an informative post.

I've seen posts deleted for gratuitous links to offensive sites whilst seeing another post remain containing exactly the same link because it was more relevant to the topic or was presented in a slightly more eloquent fashion.

EG
Someone posts a picture of their bum and says
" I was butt probed by aliens" would more than likely be removed..

butt..


If they posted the same pic and it was a thread saying
"Real evidence of an Implant" complete with scarring/chip and an intelligent post.. then it would have a genuine case for making it past the censors.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 07:10 PM
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Instead of age limits I'm in favor of seeing stricter enforcement of the existing rules.



posted on Nov, 24 2007 @ 11:31 PM
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You made a 59 year old's day! Thanks.

Errr . . . I just realized you were talking about the OP on the linked thread. Oh well, at least I had a brief shining moment of delusion.



[edit on 24-11-2007 by ipsedixit]



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 07:37 AM
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Ok, so if age doesn't matter, then how come there are laws relating to the age? (For example, how old you have to be in order to work)?



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 07:51 AM
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I'm with you Intrepid...

Just tonight I read a thread started by a 16yo and thought "wow !! you're that aware of the world and the big issues at your age"...

It totally blew me away we have kids that switched on posting here...

Makes me just that little bit happier the future is in their hands...

Peace



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 07:51 AM
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reply to post by TheoOne
 


Wrong context. We're talking about ideas, voice and opinion, not work.



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 09:23 AM
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Ha ha ha.....sorry about that.


I re-read my post and I can see how the misinterpretation could've occurred.



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 03:52 PM
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Documentary proof that young people can make intelligent choices!!

A study has found that kids in school WILL choose a healthy lunch! This puts all my concerns in a totally different light. It appears, according to the study, that young people can think and fend for themselves. What a thing is man!


news.yahoo.com...



[edit on 25-11-2007 by ipsedixit]



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 04:00 PM
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I say if you have to Deny Ignorance then you have to deny it with all age groups. Otherwise you're just another poster. Bring it all to the table from age newborn to 110 years old. That way you get a view from all sides of humanity.


Besides I learn alot from younger poster as I do older posters. It's all information to me.

[edit on 11/25/2007 by Solarskye]



posted on Nov, 25 2007 @ 10:37 PM
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I suggest you check out the latest progress in the thread Noscitare linked to, and be heartened by the fact that young people are often more intelligent and discerning than they get credit for.


www.abovetopsecret.com...



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