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Charles Capps
We appreciate your concern.
It is noted and stupid.
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The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act has gone into effect.

This means that before anyone new can register, I need 'proof' that they're either over or under thirteen years old.

The newer UBBs have built-in compliance with the law, but the changes nessecary to bring Flare into compliance are just plain nasty. Registrations will be suspended until Flare2 is launched.

If you would like to register anyway, my email addy is capps@solareclipse.net - I can perform manual registrations.

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Teelie
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Oh yeah, fun stuff isn't it? I don't see the point of it seeing as a kid can probably fake all the info they want anyways.
The Trek BBS hasn't upgraded with it yet, but I am at other UBB boards that have, and it looks stupid.

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TSN
I'm... from Earth.
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I like the way "proof" is in quotes, seeing as, last I heard, it didn't consist of anything more substantial than failing to check a box that says "I'm under thirteen". *L*

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PsyLiam
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Surely this is for US citizens only?

Besides, what is it actually acomplishing? Are under 13's banned? For the following reasons most important to least:

1/ They might hear someone say the word "Rubber jonny"

2/ They might hear someone say the phrase "That's fucking weak!"

3/ They might listen to stuff about "Who watches the Watchers?" and assume that we are all Satan-worshipping souless evil doers. Especially Frank.

4/ They might hear that the Back Street Boys make gay people horny.

Trully, we need to protect these young cherubs from Aobrtion, swearing, and Pokemon.

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Charles Capps
We appreciate your concern.
It is noted and stupid.
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Actually, the law has legit reasons... We collect "personal information" and make it publicly available. Thus the "Privacy Protection Act" prohibits it...

It's meant to do good, but just ends up being a pain in the ass.

The "proof" involves stating one's age by clicking a link. You click the over-13 link, and you're allowed to register immediately. You click the under-13 link, and you're allowed to register, but have to print out a permission form that must be faxed/snailmailed to the admins by parents... *rolls eyes*

We're complying for the sake of compliance - I don't want to get hit by a fee or anything.

The act effects and US-based site, any site that targets US kids, or any site that resides on a server located in the US. We match the first and last criteria, and partially the second (as kids do like sci-fi & Trek & stuff...)

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Saltah'na
Chinese Canadian, or 75% Commie Bastard.
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And for a minute, I thought COPPA was some person who was trying to hack and flame these forums.

Oh what weak thoughts I have.

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Black Knight
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Well, that is just plain rediculous.
I guess that means you'll have to have Flare 2 up pretty soon then huh...

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TSN
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Their intentions are okay, but, you're right, the way they're going about it is ridiculous. Unfortunately, it's law. There isn't much to be done about it.

As for Flare2... If everything up to this point is any indication, I wouldn't suggest holding your breath... :-)

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First of Two
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This is one of those "new laws."

Almost totally unenforceable, easily bypassed, and basically enacted to make the legislators feel like their doing something, and to get the "concerned citizens" off their backs.

When I am dictator, this will all be remedied.

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Saltah'na
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And Canada would be annexed by the United States.

I do agree with your points on this one, First.

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[This message has been edited by Tahna Los (edited April 22, 2000).]


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First of Two
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Actually, I wouldn't annex Canada. I wouldn't even try. Eventually, it would become to your advantage to join us, is all. Especially after the solar power stations become operational.

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Captain Richard Miloshkin
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Enh? *eye turrets turn your way*

Apparently yousa peeps haven't heard about CANADIAN WORLD DOMINATION You just wait until we unleash the Great Lakes on the Central US ... and have troops marchin' through your once-mighty country...

MWAHAHAHA

Long live Canadian World Domination! :P

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Saltah'na
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How do we turn the Great Lakes against the US?

And welcome. From a Fellow Canadian (from Toronto, Ontario).

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The359
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Will this affect people who are already registered in any way?

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TSN
I'm... from Earth.
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Well, if you're over thirteen (or is it thirteen and over?), it wouldn't affect you anyway. If there's anyone here who's young enough for the law to apply, technically their profiles should be romoved and they would have to reregister w/ parental permission. 'Course, if we don't know they're that young, I guess there isn't much to be done.

So, if anyone's under thirteen, and concerned about staying legal, I guess you should let CC know. But, like I said, if you don't tell anyone, no-one can do anything. But that would be illegal, so it really isn't recommended.

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