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[Included Feature] Minimum age to register

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Puntocom, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Puntocom

    Puntocom Well-Known Member

    It would be nice since there will be many adult forums running xenForo.
     
  2. James

    James Well-Known Member

    You mean similar to COPPA. I find these kind of useful, however a user can just edit their date of birth if they are determined to register.
     
  3. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    A minimum age option is provided.
     
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  4. captainslater

    captainslater Well-Known Member

    But it could be abused very easily. I never trust these sort of restrictions, of course as dev you can't too much about this.
     
  5. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    This should be removed, what a waste of database space/coding.

    People will bypass any limits, no matter what age we are. Stupid and such a pointless, pointless feature!
     
  6. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I suspect you will find lots of things that you personally find useless. It doesn't mean they are useless.
     
  7. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Thank you for your opinion.
     
  8. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    You seriously believe people won't abuse this feature Kier?
     
  9. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    That's really not the point - the point is that it is a feature to accompany a stated policy rather than a rule that the software is able to enforce in a bullet-proof manner.
     
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  10. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    My site has a age limit and we get thousands of new members per month. I tried to put an age limit on registration, by denying registration when a DoB was filled in that was to recent. But that just doesnt work. People will indeed just adapt and lie, then move trough the registration none the less.
    What does work is to have a weekly cron, ban all underage members, until they reach adulthood. Then automatically unban them. This way you already have the account in the system. So if the member creates another account, then you can discover that and ban the new account.
    The discovery is offcourse dependent upon the tools available for multiple account detection. Which is an even more important topic IMHO.
     
  11. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    I disagree that the function should not be effective. As far as possible, the function should be effective, rather than symbolic, because a failing function results in complaints from parents, organisations and other headache.
     
  12. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    How does that work if the users lie about their age? How do you know if they are underage?
     
  13. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    You just let them register, even when they are underage. So they need not lie about their age. Nothing stops them from registering. IME most people will not lie about their age, if they do not encounter registration blockades.
    Some days after that, they are automatically banned, until they reach adulthood.
     
  14. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    People do lie about their age.
     
  15. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    What's to stop them re-registering using a different email address and proxy (assuming they're on a static IP address)?
    Your system is no more foolproof than any other.
    If someone underage is determined to register, they will do so.
     
  16. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

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  17. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    Off course they do. And if you consider many thousands of registrations, then there will always registrations that slip under the radar. But that % is far higher if you block them right at registration and the number of underage members that you do find, is far higher if you let underage members register, first, and then ban them. The difference is large in my experience.
     
  18. Alfa1

    Alfa1 Well-Known Member

    That depends upon how tech savvy the user is. Many users are not that tech savvy. It also depends upon the multiple account detection functions that are in place. IP is not the only way to recognise multiple accounts. The more detection methods are available, the more members are caught.
     
  19. Shadow

    Shadow Member

    In my opinion, any user may register, no matter if they are 6, or if they are 90! Everybody can do what ever on the internet, there is no stopping them.
     
  20. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    A question: one of my forums is dedicated to chidren, is there a maximum age, too?
    (I know that this will not stop adults) 
     

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