If you are under the age of 18, or claim to be, you can no longer post here. That includes both the paid advertising and the discussion sections. And no, it does not matter if the minimum age requirement in your country is different than in the US.
We didn't pay much attention to this for quite a while, mostly because we know the majority of people claiming to be under 18 are faking their age to create a chosen "persona," and we have no way to know the real age of any poster.
This has to do with contracts and agreements, not anyone's intelligence or maturity. And I hate it as much as anyone. But, there it is.
I'll let the legal beagles explain it, if they like.
The trigger was the presence of someone claiming to be 12 years old. That's not even old enough to sign up at any site that collects data on members without a parent's permission, much less to enter into legal agreements.
And no, we will not amend it to fit the COPPA standard of 13+. Again, this is a business forum, and being active here involves contracts. Which include the one you agree to when you join.
Sorry, folks. I truly am.