If you have discovered that your child is visiting this site, please do NOT e-mail me with complaints about how I should be ashamed of myself for allowing children here and other such nonsense. Understand this: I am not your fucking babysitter! It is NOT my responsibility to censor your childrens’ Internet usage – that responsibility rests entirely with YOU.
I am not stupid enough to say “you need your parents’ permission first” because we both know that’s not going to happen. Your kids will either lie about their age or pretend to be you and give permission. That doesn’t work.
Those who are under the age of 18 are welcome here and they are assumed to have your permission to be here. If you choose to be the type of parent that censors your child’s intake of information, that is your choice and you are legally capable of taking that role. However, the administration of this site feels that children should not be prevented from exploring all freely available sources of information, including those that you may feel are “inappropriate.” Do not expect any sympathy from this site if your efforts to control your child happen to fail.
I will NOT in any way prevent ANY person (including minors) from accessing this site! That is YOUR job, not mine! I suggest you get off your ass and be a fucking parent instead of bitching at me for the contents of my adult-oriented website!
Why SnipeMe.com Does Not Comply With
The following is an excerpt from the Federal Trade Commission's guide entitled "How to Comply With The Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule" which can be access in its entirety by clicking this link
Who Must Comply
If you operate a commercial Web site or an online service directed to children under 13 that collects personal information from children or if you operate a general audience Web site and have actual knowledge that you are collecting personal information from children, you must comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
To determine whether a Web site is directed to children, the FTC considers several factors, including the subject matter; visual or audio content; the age of models on the site; language; whether advertising on the Web site is directed to children; information regarding the age of the actual or intended audience; and whether a site uses animated characters or other child-oriented features.
To determine whether an entity is an "operator" with respect to information collected at a site, the FTC will consider who owns and controls the information; who pays for the collection and maintenance of the information; what the pre-existing contractual relationships are in connection with the information; and what role the Web site plays in collecting or maintaining the information.
Let me put it very simply:
This website is not "directed to children under 13"
I, the Webmaster, do not "have actual knowledge that [I am] collecting personal information from children"
As if that isn't enough, let's quote the FTC further:
"To determine whether a Web site is directed to children, the FTC considers several factors, including the subject matter..."
The subject matter on SnipeMe.com is most assuredly what most people would refer to as "adult content."
"...visual or audio content..."
All of my visual and audio content is also what the average person would class as "adult content."
Here on SnipeMe, I am bi-lingual. I speak english as well as fluent profanity (as a second language). Since the FTC is referring to the 2nd language (profanity), I'm sure you will note that there is an abundance of that on this site. Again, most people would class the language used here on this site as "adult content." In fact, if SnipeMe.com were a movie, I'm certain it would be rated R. For more on this, you can look this site up on the Bess (N2H2) proxy network where it is proudly banned under the category "Profanity."
"...information regarding the age of the actual or intended audience..."
The actual age of my audience is mid-teens to mid-20s mostly. Since the COPPA applies to children under 13, it does not apply to my actual audience. As for my intended audience.... I don't have one. I intend for anyone who wants to read this stupid website to do so. However, in the context of what the FTC is actually referring to here, I would definately say that my "intended audience" is an audience that enjoys "adult content." If that audience should at any point happen to include someone under 13, that is completely beyond my control.
"...whether a site uses animated characters or other child-oriented features..."
I do have the occasional piece of (shitty) animation, however it is animation that is "adult content" as well. I do not have any "child-oriented features" anywhere on this website.
Most Webmasters and message board administrators (and parents) are under the mistaken impression that if a website is in the United States, it must comply with the COPPA. As I have demonstrated here, that is a very incorrect assumption. My website does not qualify (under the Federal Trade Commision's own rules) for having to comply with the COPPA.
Furthermore, I consider the COPPA to be blatant age discrimination. Therefore, since I do not legally need to comply with it, I will not.
If I hear from someone from the Federal Trade Commision who can cite for me a specific reason (justified in the text of the COPPA itself) why I should obey the COPPA, then I will do so. In other words, if you would like me to obey COPPA, don't tell me. Go complain to the FTC and if they lawfully order me to comply, I will.