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I'll just leave this here with a ... "WOW"
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Good points.
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How to obey the COPPA Law for your website or online service.

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When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what operators of websites ...
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If you are willing to temporarily suspend your ad blocker to read this article it's worth the time ... http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericgoldman/2012/12/20/the-ftcs-new-kid-privacy-rules-coppa-are-a-big-mess/

And yes, as far as I can tell from researching this and pouring over the rules... the article is absolutely right. It's a freakin mess, and basically amounts to "If you want to have a site that caters to children, then be prepared to pay a lot to implement the COPPA rules".
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+As If​​ suggests people might find one or more of these handy for collaboration. ...
Google Docs has its shortcomings. Maybe you want to avoid Google for privacy concerns. Or you might need different features. We found five excellent alternatives and one of them will work for you.
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Something I think is worth watching ... if you don't remember this era, it may help you to understand something of the not too distant past that is still reverberating throughout the world in certain ways ... and for those who may have been there ... a remembrance that I hope will make you smile ... and consider ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSaAEtGBbMo
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Pro-GM types who are interested in Future Concepts for RPGs may want to join this group ... So far the threads are interesting speculations about possible future directions for RPGs ...
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FYI - some of you folks may be working on websites that pertain to your business dreams as related to RPGs ... if so then you should be aware of COPPA as it may be relevant to you.

My solution to the convoluted mess is to do the following:

1. My site is for general audiences.
2. My site does not Age Screen.
3. If for some reason I find out that a child (12 or younger) has ignored the EULA and created an account, then i am obliged to delete the account. No refunds.

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1. My assumption is that my site is for general audiences is because I have nothing on the site that is specifically intended for children, nor am I advertising to children, nor does my EULA allow children (12 and younger is expressly prohibited). Therefore I think it is fair to say that the site is general audience and intends to exclude and prohibit children.

However, that said, it is STILL possible for the FTC to come after me based on a review of the site where the following may come into play:

Just as the Commission considers several factors in determining whether a site or service is directed to children, you too should consider your service’s subject matter, visual content, character choices, music, and language, among other things. If your service targets children as one of its audiences – even if children are not the primary audience – then your service is “directed to children.”

In other words, the reviewer's subjective opinion on those items is the criteria for leveling catastrophic fines (as high as $350 million) at the would-be entrepreneur. So yeah, if that sounds frightening you're kind of catching on.

Anyway, here's the OP on this topic with comments that have links to pertinent info. Best wishes.
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FYI - some of you folks may be working on websites that pertain to your business dreams as related to RPGs ... if so then you should be aware of COPPA as it may be relevant to you.

My solution to the convoluted mess is to do the following:

1. My site is for general audiences.
2. My site does not Age Screen.
3. If for some reason I find out that a child (12 or younger) has ignored the EULA and created an account, then i am obliged to delete the account. No refunds.

Notes:

1. My assumption is that my site is for general audiences is because I have nothing on the site that is specifically intended for children, nor am I advertising to children, nor does my EULA allow children (12 and younger is expressly prohibited). Therefore I think it is fair to say that the site is general audience and intends to exclude and prohibit children.

However, that said, it is STILL possible for the FTC to come after me based on a review of the site where the following may come into play:

Just as the Commission considers several factors in determining whether a site or service is directed to children, you too should consider your service’s subject matter, visual content, character choices, music, and language, among other things. If your service targets children as one of its audiences – even if children are not the primary audience – then your service is “directed to children.”

In other words, the reviewer's subjective opinion on those items is the criteria for leveling catastrophic fines (as high as $350 million) at the would-be entrepreneur. So yeah, if that sounds frightening you're kind of catching on.

Anyway, here's the OP on this topic with comments that have links to pertinent info. Best wishes.
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I'm pretty sure we'd also say differently as well. ;)
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h/t +Gerd Moe-Behrens 

Endemic Censorship Raises Urgency for Blockchain Based Social Networks
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Endemic censorship during the election in United States raises the urgency for blockchain based uncensorable social networks.
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Yes, I think that is exactly why and frankly even those on the Left should abandon the Censorship sites on principal. After all once the censorship starts it's only a matter of time before The Masters scew them, too. See how this works boys and girls? It's funny until they do it to you. THEN you see how much it sucks.
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If you say “COPPA” to somebody who works in the business of providing online content to kids, they will instantly know exactly what you are talking about, and it might cause them to have a panic attack. Due to regulations promulgated by the FTC this past December, many more business owners will ...
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Elthos is my art form.
Introduction
I'm VB Wyrde, a Role Playing Game designer, working on the Elthos Game System, which I started in 1978. Ok, I'm a slow poke. Don't rush me!
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Created Elthos RPG and lived to talk about it.
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  • University of Edinburgh
    Medieval History, 1993 - 1994
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My new favorite Thai Restaurant in White Plains. Lovely food. Nice service. Atmosphere is ok. I go for the food. So wonderful. Love it.
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I went there Jan 2016 and the place is beautiful, and the food is great. Red curry chicken Malaysian style was excellent.
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Love this restaurant. The service is friendly, the food is great, the price is right and the atmosphere is elegant.
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