I’m currently in the early stages of incorporating a forum into one of my websites and I’ve a few questions I’d love to put past you guys and hopefully you might be able to give me some advice on what I should do!
My first dilemma is with regard to registration - I’m steering in the direction of not allowing anyone under the age of 13 to join my forum - mainly from the point of view that I don’t want any children on my forum because it would just be a bit weird - So I’m going to apply the COPPA policy to those registrations. I am thinking though that I should really have an “I’m over 18 & agree to the terms” option upon registration also just to cover all the bases. I’m not really sure what legal requirements or responsibilites are on the shoulders of those who own and run forums so any advice in this area would be greatly welcomed! (Btw my forum is just going to be of a generalised nature really with a few techy subjects thrown in)
My second issue is more of a moral/ethical stance with regard to whether or not I should archive private messages on the Forums. From a spamming point of view I can see the benefit and also for those who are getting harassed but those messages are indeed private and I don’t want to be snooping around something I shouldn’t. Should you declare that you do archive PM’s in your Disclaimer? Maybe it’s best to just archive them but only call upon them when a situation calls for it i.e harassment or spamming.
Well that’s it. All thoughts are welcome, thanks in advance!