Just a reminder to everyone that our site and registration guidelines make very clear that you may NOT post about willing participation, or intent to participate, in any kind of unlawful activity.
Doing so puts both us as an organization and service, and you, as an individual creating a public record -- one attached to an often personally identifying IP address -- in a very precarious legal and ethical position. Because there is no sound way of us managing this where we can guarantee we will not report, or feel obligated to report, or share your information if requested by authorities if and when they ask us for it, we have always asked users to simply not post this kind of content here so that we, or you, do not even have to go there.
That can include things like:
- Breaking age of consent laws as a person OVER the age of consent with someone under it
- Illegal alcohol drinking or recreational drug use
- Sharing sexual content or photographs of minors, or even of yourself as a minor
- Stated intent to commit, or that you have committed, any form of interpersonal abuse or assault
We get that most of our users will not be legal scholars, so sometimes may not know what they are posting about is unlawful, and we get that we have to make room for that. But what you guys can do before posting is that if you are at all unsure if something you want to post about is, has been or might be against the law on your own part (not someone else's, be that something a friend has done or something someone did to you without your consent) is just do a little quick search engine homework to find out. It's just a small effort to keep everyone's respective tushies covered, sometimes in some very big ways.
Again, this is both about doing what we can to protect you as well as doing what we need to to manage an organization with legal responsibilities, obligations and limits. This is not an expression about our own views of any given law, merely us trying to function within the law and all it can mean responsibly on our behalf.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead