Joey (JasonSmalls) asked this important question about the new Teen forum, and I would like to separate it out as a topic in itself:
ok, i do have a serious question about this forum now. If i do start coming here and start writing here, will i not be allowed to be here in june when I turn 18??? (cause then i'll legally be an adult)
My preliminary reply on this point was:
The Teen forum is a totally new thing here on MS and there's no precedent for it anywhere on the Internet, so while we have tried to think of all the angles and possible issues, we are learning as we go. One of the reasons why we wanted a few teens (including you) to come in right at the beginning and have a look is to get exactly the kind of feedback you provide here.
Please have a look in the forum itself and you will see that you can start and reply to threads until you are 20. But still, I will post your question in the Mod Forum and we will get back to you guys about that. Okay? It's an important issue we didn't think about. We don't want to make guys feel rejected.
I want to let our teens know that this is now being discussed in the Mod Forum and that no teenager is going to get turfed out just because he reaches the age of 20. We don't have a more specific solution yet, but please know we understand and appreciate the problem.