Minors on the forum- Suggestion
Since I'm catching some guff for being too hard on a minor I thought perhaps it's time to air some concerns out that I have about minors in general.
I've received some PMs after exchanges between myself and others on this board (which were not unkind) with minors on this board. People trying to figure out if a new member is a minor. I had to block one of the minors who kept sending me PMs in which I did not start the conversation in any way. I did report it and it made me very uncomfortable.
I've stepped into some threads, where people were being pretty darn direct/harsh with minors and just said 'FYI the OP is a minor' so they would know. They did not know.
I personally am not accustomed to participating on forums which allow minors, not by choice just by accident the other forums I hang out at are topics that generally don't appeal to minors. I understand this being a dog related forum it will attract a broader range of people including young people.
I know that mods/admins cannot tell when someone signs up what age they really are.
However once a minor person identifies themselves as such I think they should have a designation that lets all of us know they are underage. It can be something nice like (yes) "Junior Handler" or some other nice but clear designation.
I know I'm not alone in this concern but I think people are afraid to speak up lest they be painted as being unkind or unfair.
I think it would be a courtesy that helps not only the adult members but also the younger folks on board.
This is just a suggestion, I hope it is considered.
Again before someone jumps on me, as I said above I am NOT suggesting minors be blocked from the site.
Smitty (rescue) Ilda WGSL 4/28/10 Autumn Australian Shepherd 10/9/11
"After awhile, to the deer hunter, everything begins to look like a deer"
Last edited by Gwenhwyfair; 09-20-2013 at 10:54 AM.