MR member age?

Discussion in 'Community' started by jxyama, Jun 26, 2003.

  1. jxyama macrumors 68040

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    is there a way to somehow include the age of the members along with each post? i realize that this is private info. and some of us (me included) don't want to disclose such info... maybe just a range of ages? (btw, i would be in the 25-30 range.)

    i ask this because of a post from someone who was a bit "late" to the party and posted about WWDC keynote only after reading an "official" email from Apple today. i replied (as did many others), kind of poking fun of him/her because it was such "old" news... but it turns out he/she is just 13 yrs. old.

    i'm not saying being young is an excuse for not doing some research before posting, but at the same time, i'm feeling a little bad such a young kid was being collectively made fun of here...
     
  2. Billicus macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. I'm only 17 but I consider myself pretty much on top of things. I wouldn't want to have been flamed by people on the boards when I was only 13, nor would I want the stigma of having flamed somebody whos just a kid, but obviously interested in Macs or they wouldn't have posted anything at all.
     
  3. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    I'm 15.


    I don't care that people know, what are they going to do.
     
  4. job macrumors 68040

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    i'm 17.

    i've noticed that there are users on these boards who seem much older than they actually are, and others who seem much younger.

    i guess it's all how you sound in your posts.
     
  5. tpjunkie macrumors 65816

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  6. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    My general opinion of the age of forum posters is that it's irrelevant. As long as you have something useful, insightful, or amusing to say, and can communicate it in a clear and intelligent manner, age doesn't matter.

    And no, being young isn't any excuse for lack of research. Of course, being better-informed is no excuse for being discourteous to other posters, either.

    The thing about forums is: Have something to say that adds something, always be polite, and don't take things personally; and no matter how old you are, you'll do fine practically anywhere.
     
  7. jxyama thread starter macrumors 68040

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    true. i agree completely. i just felt "bad" that i might have flamed some kid, that's all..

    BTW: this post is NOT about asking MR members their age. :D i was asking about possibility of adding such an information to the posts.
     
  8. arn macrumors god

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    I think it's best to treat people as they act.

    I think the age would just confuse the issue. and cause people to be treated differently based on age.

    arn
     
  9. scem0 macrumors 604

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    I agree, but you still shouldn't get mad at an 11 year old if they act a little immature (im only sorta alluding to the 13 year old jxyama was talking about).

    But I agree, knowing ages would just complicate things.

    Also, an immature 11 year old would probably immature enough to say 40 before he posted immaturely,

    scem0
     
  10. iJon macrumors 604

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    im trying to figure out why the hell an 11 year old person would be on the board. woudlnt the parents consider that talking to strangers on the internet.

    iJon
     
  11. scem0 macrumors 604

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    i was posting on forums when i was 11. I posted on blizzforums.com.

    My parents dont care as long as I'm not looking at porn or something illegal like that.

    scem0
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I also notice alot of young posters in this forum. The vast majority have very insightful and intelligent comments. Age really doesn't matter!
     
  13. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    I agree with wdlove, there are a lot of very intelligent young 'uns here and by not knowing ages, I tend not to prejudge. Conversely, I'm more willing to cut a 13 year old some slack than I am a 21 year old.

    It's too bad that so many of those here are so willing to slam someone without trying to get a feel for who they are. Noobs and 13 year olds get hit pretty hard sometimes and it would be nice if the know it alls chilled a little before they attack.

    There are no stupid questions or posts, just stupid answers.
     
  14. job macrumors 68040

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    but don't you answer on this forum with posts? thus following from the logic that most of these posts are 'answers' to thread topics, and that some of these 'answers' may be 'stupid,' there are 'stupid' posts. :D :p

    an example of a stupid post is this one right here. ;)
     
  15. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    I would say that it is an attempt to argue the validity of posts, with a humorous twist that is! Posts may seem stupid but they usually stem from a lack of knowledge and someone who is overexcited or just doesn't know where to look to find the info. My post was an attempt to encourage tolerance and patience.:)
     
  16. MacFan25 macrumors 68000

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    If I didn't know, then I would have thought that everyone on this forum is older than you think. There are many young'ens on the forums, but for the most part they post intelligent posts.
     
  17. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    i think age definitely matters, that it's an important factor to the quality of the poster's comments, but it can be easily overcome with a little dose of "easygoing charisma" and intelligence. i think displaying age by every post would just end up revealing the immaturity of everyone else, rather than helping the younger people. no one wants to be babied. it's much better to get whatever status you have among the people of the community on the merits of your own words.

    but i still think we should all be pinching scem0's cheeks and squeal with delight whenever he makes an insightful comment :eek:
     
  18. tazo macrumors 68040

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    I am 15, 16 in october, and I think that this board is nowhere near as bad as some other BBs I have been on. On some of them if you state your age as under 18 you are just regarded as stupid and asanine comments are continuously made. Luckyly, such a stigma is not as apparent here.
     
  19. Laslo Panaflex macrumors 65816

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    Even if it were a requirement to show the age, how would it be considered truth, people could just lie about thier age. Of course, you could always be rquired to send in a copy of a valid ID in order to register for this forum.:)

    P.S. I am 69 years old . . . ehh ehe I just wrote 69.
     
  20. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    I don't advocate actually getting mad at anything anyone says online, but I also don't advocate excusing immaturity on the basis of youth. If you let 'em get away with poor behavior just because of age, how will they learn better?

    Was that kid flamed for posting old news--or because they got petulant about being called on it, and tried to use their age as an excuse? "Don't blame me for not keeping up with major Apple news, I'm only 13." That's not to be encouraged at ANY age, if that's what happened.

    I agree with arn: Treat people as they act.

    I do have to say that one reason I started posting here was that the people seemed pretty neat, whatever their ages. :)
     
  21. MrMacMan macrumors 604

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    Why does the 'ehh ehh' at the end make me think you aren't 69... :rolleyes:
     
  22. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Wonder if it has anything to do with the symbolism of 69?
     
  23. akushlan macrumors regular

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    15 and darn proud of it!!!
    mac user since 1492 (started with the Pinto):D
     
  24. hvfsl macrumors 68000

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    I am 20, but when I play games like half life on the net I am always suprised by the number of people in their 30s and 40s, and one or two in their 60s. One of the points of the net is that we can discuss or do things online without people judging on appearance.

    So as said earily, the answer is not to say your age, but to not flame others.

    Maybe we should also put our gender and sexal preferance as well ;)
     
  25. shadowfax macrumors 603

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    gender would be helpful. it's strange how many people have mistaken me for a girl. i always figured i was arrogant enough for my 'tar not to fool them, but apparently not for some. just as well, but it would be nice to have that. as for sexual preference, you can usually tell after talking to people for not too long :rolleyes: ;)
     

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