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Brett
04.07.00, 12:58 PM
Just some info for you guys.

Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to have to upgrade the board to a newer version because the US Senate recently approved the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA basically requires children under the age of 13 to have parental consent before registering and posting on message boards like ours. Now it's not that we have or ever will have users under 13 on here (but you never know), but this act applies to any site doing business in the US or on a US server. So that's us in both cases.

Anyways, it basically means nothing to you guys, the only board difference will be on the registration screen, where it will ask you if you are older than 13. If you're not, you have to print out a form and have a parent sign it and fax it to us. The law is annoying, but it is something we have to comply with as of April 21st.

Of course now, it's going to be a pain in the arse the next two weeks adding all of my extra features to the board, which is what really bugs me. The new board version has so much new stuff added to it for this COPPA thing, that it conflicts with a lot of the stuff I added, so I have to run a test board to try to catch them all. So that's what I'll be working on the next few weeks, so I may not be around as much, but I highly doubt you'll really notice actually. Also when the new board is up, if you notice something isn't working right, let me know so I can fix it. I'm going to try to take my time, so the new board probably won't be up until the 21st, but I'll let you guys know when the new version is running.

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[This message has been edited by Brett (edited April 07, 2000 at 02:19 PM).]

Eddie_italian
04.07.00, 01:35 PM
How may u know if people posting are less than 13 years old ?! ... not my problem i mean , 'cause I'm 29 age old ! Just for know !
Good work Brett !!!

Eddie_italian from Italy

Goo
04.07.00, 03:56 PM
I hope it means 13 years of PHYSICAL AGE.. if its 13 mental years we might have a problem http://www.vhlinks.com/vhlforum/smilies/wink.gif
j/k


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Brett
04.07.00, 03:57 PM
Ouch! http://www.vhlinks.com/vhlforum/smilies/wink.gif

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Goo
04.07.00, 08:19 PM
Yeh I would be real upset if I wasnt allowed to post any more http://www.vhlinks.com/vhlforum/smilies/biggrin.gif

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laner
04.08.00, 09:20 PM
i was just wondering, how can you know if they are under 13 if they just click on the box that says "yes, i'm older than 13"?
are you in trouble if the kids do that, or are you off the hook? i'd totally hate for you to be in any legal trouble.

Brett
04.10.00, 08:15 AM
You can't stop them, but that's the point of this act. I guess they can't hold web sites responsible if a child lies and says they've over 13 when they're not.

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seenbad
04.10.00, 10:32 PM
good lord our gov. suckshttp://www.vhlinks.com/vhlforum/smilies/mad.gif what a total pain. my symps.

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paradiddle
04.11.00, 11:36 AM
No shit,
What a worthless law. How much of my money did they waste coming up with this? I remember when I was 13, the shit I pulled was fearless. This is a little gnat compared to the real shit going on. Dragola, Brett, I guess you gotta jump through the hoops, huh?

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Runnin' with yo mama
04.11.00, 04:54 PM
Does that mean you're going to have to get rid of all the nude Michael Anthony pics? Damn!

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Brett
04.11.00, 04:55 PM
LOL! http://www.vhlinks.com/vhlforum/smilies/biggrin.gif

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