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Subject: General Age Requirement Question
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:22 PM ET
Member Since: 6/3/2009
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Hi there,

I am new myself, but I have been browsing both the quesions/replies here and "tried" to find the answer in help docs, but not sure I am looking correctly..

I have noticed a few mentions of person(s) age.. What IS the age requirement for this site?

And NO I am not a teenager, I am a 44 year old man with a wife and kids, but I came across a profile where the member is 17..

I certainly do not want to get anyone into trouble, that isn't reason for my asking, it is more general curiousity, as I saw the post on the 16 year old that was suspended, it made me curious about this member too.

 

Thank you for any answers and again sorry for not checking help docs. I did try, just didnt find answer I was looking for.

 

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:30 PM ET
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You have to be 18 to be a member. http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=168 Edited to add and then to fix link.

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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:32 PM ET
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But don't forget that if a member is listed as being 17, but joined PBS three years ago, he/she is likely 20 now.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:33 PM ET
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That's true, caviglia. The age portion of the profile does not automatically update. It's manually entered.
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:33 PM ET
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Thank you Janelle. That is what I assumed was the correct answer, but I wasn't sure.

So, what do I do, if anything, about the member who is 17? I hate to report someone, it seems unfair of me to do so... I don't know, maybe my thoughts on that are skewed, but I feel like a middle aged man with a tattling problem.

It only caught my eye at all because the person contacted me about a deal and when I clicked on them it went to profile page where it said age was 17.. They are a fairly new member too it seems, so maybe they were just unaware? I would feel bad about it if they were a good member..

Maybe I should just mind my own business. Thank you kindly for the response.

 

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:33 PM ET
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Oh! I see. I wasn't aware of that either. Newbie all around I am. :)

They joined in April 09, so it could be possible they turned 18 since then..

Kate -
Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:34 PM ET
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Honestly I'm kind of surprised the system doesn't catch that automatically when it's entered into the age setting.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:37 PM ET
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I always wondered why the age section allows you to input anything you want. I think having to choose a birthdate (that would update each year with correct age info) would be better. That would also bar underage members from signing up if their birthdate was before a certain date. Yes, people could still lie about birth dates, but it still might work a little smoother. Of course, the birthdate and age could be kept private, just as it is now. With the current system, you can put anything in that box. Doesn't even have to be a number.

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Date Posted: 6/23/2009 2:43 PM ET
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I don't understand why they don't have the age field mandatory with a minimum year coded in. It would prevent the "I didn't know that" answer they get all the time when kids sign up.

Date Posted: 6/23/2009 3:08 PM ET
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I come from a family in which the love of books is inculcated early on, so I'm not surprised that many teenagers would want to join this site. My various relatives pretend to swoon when I describe the range of books here and the ease of acquiring them.

However, the mechanics of wrapping books and getting them to the post office would have been too much for me as a teenager and I always assumed my lack of organizational skills was typical for that age.