I just want to touch base with you guys and see how you feel about this. As ever, I always want to make sure our approaches and policies here are working for you.
More and more often, we do have people much older than all of you coming here with questions. Sometimes those questions are about things that also apply to you, sometimes they are not (for instance, yesterday, we had someone asking about menopause-related sexual issues).
No matter what, teens and twentysomethings always have been and remain our #1 priority by a long shot. That's what we do, you're who we see as having the fewest resources available to you in terms of sex information, and those who donate to us to help keep us going do so with the understanding that we serve young people. On many levels, it's important you remain who we give our time and attention to first and foremost.
But sometimes, there is time to go ahead and answer older-adult questions. We'll always, in doing that, make clear that those adults need to understand our resources aren't meant for them, but for all of you, and we expect them to respect that and take a back seat to you guys.
At the main site, when I get way-older-adult questions in the advice queue, we just don't go there, particularly since the input form there makes clear our services are not intended for much older adults, and we're not marriage counselors.
How do you feel about that? Is it okay? Do you feel like you're benefitted by information that's just far outside where you're at, that it's a wash, or that it detracts from your experience here? Is there a way you feel like we should be approaching those older adult users that's different from how we have been handling it?
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I definitely feel okay about that, as one of the young twenty-somethings here.
That said, I read your answer to that question and I found it interesting. Even if I may not deal with that for twenty or thirty years, it won't be a surprise! I'm a big believer in the more knowledge the better, so long as it's accurate.
I think the risky thing is if older users come into the site and give unproductive advice (ie "Why are you kids having sex? Can you just understand that the mature way to deal with this is ___"). So long as that's policed really well, I don't see any reason why you can't answer older adults questions so long as you have the time.
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