This is more than a simple Wikia policy, it is a means of making sure that we comply with federal law, and lying about age is grounds for immediate consequences.
Because COPPA compliance is an important part of Wikia's policies, many users have questions about the approach their community should take when it comes to the issue of under-aged users.
What Should We Do If We Find an Under-Aged User?Edit
COPPA is not something that we ask our Admins to actively enforce for us. Wikia has it's own internal procedures for dealing However, if a user admits that they lied during the registration process, it's best to report these instances to us directly via Special:Contact .
Should Admins Seek Out Under-Aged Users?Edit
What If a User Admits to Being Under-Aged on Chat?Edit
Chat logs or screenshots are not something we can use as direct evidence that a user is underage. Because there is no permanent record, it is difficult to verify admissions in the chat environment.
What If a User Says They Are 12 But Will be 13 Soon?Edit
Can Communities Choose to Ignore COPPA and Allow Under-Aged Users?Edit
My Wiki Has Users From Outside the U.S. Does COPPA Apply?Edit
Yes. The age restriction on users applies across international boundaries. Any user who misrepresents their age during the sign up process is subject to the same disciplinary actions. As a U.S.-based company, Wikia complies with all applicable laws.
Privacy is important, and any law designed to increase it is a good thing. Especially when it is directed to provide extra protection for children. While COPPA may keep some potential editors away until they are old enough to participate, the goal of safeguarding children's privacy is a noble one. Complying with this federal law is necessary for Wikia. It is not a commentary on the maturity or editing ability of any particular user or community.