I can't tell you how many times I've gotten a "Sorry, we do not allow children of your age to register." or similar message from websites/fourms because of my age. Especially when (in this case) I can view what other people have posted. What also erks me is that I can easily lie about it! Take Facebook for example. If I put my birth year as say, 1986, it would be absolutly fine, but how dare I truthfully type in anything from 1994-present! There are perfectly good reasons why websites wouldn't want 10 year olds (nothing against 10 year olds) trolling (or doing/reading/looking at other things), but when you can easily lie about something like that, I find it very annoying and not really solving the problem. Take for example my example: That message came from a prominent coin collecting website. Specific for that case: I know a good number of under-legal-age year olds who could/would contribute a large amount of knowledge to the fourm. I can understand on "adult" websites, but otherwise I don't see the benifit.
Somethings to consiter:
*Anybody could easily lie about their age
*Today a 17 year old can't join, but tomorrow the same guy (now 18) can
*It actually keeps people from (gasp) asking questions and (double-gasp) learning something)
*Serebii is free for anyone of any age to use, so lets all thank them for that liberty!
I posted this thread to see what you all think (both under and over age) about this topic, so without further due: