So, please voice in your comments and opinions. I want to hear what the community thinks. ~
- I'm DRIGIBUG313 and I approve this explosion. - Per PikminFanatic's statements.
- I'm 13 pikmar, and, oh no! Not again!- I totally agree!
If a user gives out age, then it makes that much more information out cyberspace. We do not need to be endangering schoolkids, as so much information exists out on the web today. I just punched in an obscure name that is not widely used, and one of the results said (name replaced with blank): __________'s photos, phone, email, address, and public records for free! Find more about _________'s biography, profile, email, cv, curriculum. I don't know about you, but finding something like this that is advertised as free is very disconcerting. I do not believe users should put out any more information than they have too. I'm Peach Bulborb, and I approve all grub dogs. (Sysop)
- What kind of website/advertisement was it? That sounds extremely fake to me; it's probably just a scam that gives out lies. Aside from that, your concerns are understandable, but I just want to give users the opportunity to give out age. Note that this is if they want to. I personally don't see how age harms anyone — it's just a number. That's all it really is. But your argument is backed up, I'll give you credit for that. ~
- Retrieving information on the internet is much easier than many people think. And what Peach Bulborb said about the information being "advertised", he didn't mean it was an ad, advertise means to advert. Advert is described as "to turn attention to", so he meant it in the sense that that person's information was freely available for all to see on the internet via major data mining websites. I could literally use only your name and general location, as well as your age, (even if it is only implied) to completely find anyone. Phones broadcast your location on a daily basis, and to add to the negative effect is that social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter broadcast this information by default. Now I understand much of you on here may not use these sites, but for those who do, they can easily be found and tracked, and eventually visited. We want to prevent this from happening. The web is not a safe place for naive people. Now I am not calling anyone naive but I cannot stress enough how much of a big deal this is. Based on the information every user gives out now it is possible to find them, all I want to do is reduce the risk of this happening. Now I know that the chances of a stalker stumbling onto such an obscure website are trivial at best, but we can't become lax until some event like that actually happens! I care about all of the users on this site and I really would like for everyone to be safe here. I think the best course of action is to not allow such personal discretion simply because many don't know what can harm them. It is much easier for me to say that we can all say whatever we'd like, but in the interest of protecting you guys, I'm going to have to disallow this from happening. 11:55, 29 May 2013 (EDT)