At first I found the hard-assery around here to be a refreshing change from the sort of 12-year-old populated wastelands of the internet, but to be honest the novelty has worn off and now you look a little precocious. People waste more time and energy calling each other out on things already; I just kind of get the vibe that six people posting "wow, you really ought to be banned for this post" and then three more posting "you shouldn't post in a thread just to tell people they're about to be banned" isn't really how the place was intended to operate. The essential problem of NH is that the nature of the activity attracts a lot of kids who fit squarely into the prepubescent e-penis-concerned videogame-forum-flamewar stereotype, and I think that will continue to be the main struggle on this forum until the day it dies. I'm not even terribly sure how that could even be addressed; mandatory no-post periods of a month or two following account registration? That would ensure that people had a better idea of how this place operates and would kill some of the noob questions from potential members with little patience, but could maybe repulse actual wanted members. Raise the age limit to fifteen or sixteen (or beyond) maybe?
In short, I was rather off-put to see yet another one of these threads. The fact that it exists is probably in indicator we're doing something wrong; whether that means our expectations are too high or that new members aren't understanding (or any number of other problems) remains to be discovered.
Okay,listen up, fools. I am only 13 years old. In fact, back when I first joined NH, Piney suspended me for a few weeks because I was too young. This may be my opinion, but I have never posted any useless crap on this forum. There are 20-year-olds on this forum with worse grammar than me. Age is not a judge of character, intelligence, or maturity. I mean, look at Dark Shrimp(joking)! The only legit reason that every under 13-year-old should be banned is COPPA. Changing the minimum age to 15 will not make a difference. End rant.
Edited by Ubermensch, 04 May 2008 - 08:55 PM.