Advicenators Frequently Asked Questions
Why was I banned for being under 13?Back to FAQ...
On Advicenators, we require all members to be at least 13 years of age. This isn't because we hate 12 year olds, it's because the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, puts a great deal of restrictions on information we can ask children under 13. When you registered on this site, you were required to check a box that says, "I am at least 13" and if you lied on that box, you are not eligible for membership.
If you slip up and admit to us that you're not 13, we have no choice but to ban you for a year. It doesn't matter how much work you've put into your column, this is a federal guideline. Don't come whining to us about how it was "just a typo" either. That's the one typo that we take seriously.
If you see a member who states in his or her profile that he/she is under 13, please file an abuse report, because these people put us in danger of violating federal guidelines and if we get in trouble, there's no more advicenators for anyone, 13 or not.