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Kirk Y
22 Mar 2008, 04:36
Per-Forum Age Restrictions on Posting
Compatible: vB 3.5.x - 3.7.x

What does this do?
Like the title says, this modification will restrict users whose ages don't meet minimum requirements (set per-forum) from posting replies and creating new threads.

Installation
1. Import the Product XML file.
2. Set the minimum age required for each forum through the Forum Manager in your AdminCP.

Version History
1.0.0 - Initial Release to Community
1.0.1 - Consolidated plugin code; included name of forum in denial error messages

This modification was written on request for Spinball (http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/member.php?u=7533).

4number8
22 Mar 2008, 04:46
I can use this in a number of ways, nice one Kirk installed and thank you for your work

Derek Chai
22 Mar 2008, 05:33
Nice. I love it.

RvG2
22 Mar 2008, 06:16
thanks! you're the man today.

RvG2
22 Mar 2008, 06:17
how about restriction to read forum also based on age?

NeuroLancer
22 Mar 2008, 06:19
Very good mod working nicely. I needed something like this :up:

*installed

TamCaVBoy3
22 Mar 2008, 06:28
small but useful :)

Barakat
22 Mar 2008, 06:57
very usefull ....

p.s i think the install click key is not in function here.... on this site

ivanstanchev
22 Mar 2008, 08:00
This is quite useful if you have a sports forum + bookmaker section.People underaged cannot bet so that they dont need to participate in this.Thank you.

Forum Lover
22 Mar 2008, 08:02
I 2nd that. Installed any way.:up:
how about restriction to read forum also based on age?

Spinball
22 Mar 2008, 09:11
This is great if you have a classifieds forum and you want to protect your traders (in a limited but responsible way) from people under 18. Since you can not enter into an enforceable contract with a minor, you're much better trading with their parents.

KURTZ
22 Mar 2008, 09:37
nice job Captain! :P

jerx
22 Mar 2008, 18:01
how about restriction to read forum also based on age?

This is needed indeed. I think that if you do not want underaged users to post then you also do not want them to read. Or can anyone give me an example where you only want/need to restrict posting rights?

Spinball
22 Mar 2008, 20:06
This is needed indeed. I think that if you do not want underaged users to post then you also do not want them to read. Or can anyone give me an example where you only want/need to restrict posting rights?

How can you check the age of guests? You can't. And there is no point in blocking members from reading forums and not guests.

SHANE-D-PAIN
23 Mar 2008, 01:36
Block Guests from reading Entirely?

inteller2k7
23 Mar 2008, 11:46
Nice Work...Thanks

Spinball
23 Mar 2008, 11:48
Block Guests from reading Entirely?

Don't want to give away any trade secrets here, but that is commercial suicide.
One major way to make money from your forum is banners. Block visitors and you will be blocking roughly two thirds of your potential banner impressions (based on our stats of one third members two thirds guests on average).
And block visitors and you are blocking spiders so the threads in that forum won't get into Google.
Bad, bad idea blocking guests.

jerx
23 Mar 2008, 12:30
Don't want to give away any trade secrets here, but that is commercial suicide.
One major way to make money from your forum is banners. Block visitors and you will be blocking roughly two thirds of your potential banner impressions (based on our stats of one third members two thirds guests on average).
And block visitors and you are blocking spiders so the threads in that forum won't get into Google.
Bad, bad idea blocking guests.

I don' t think that this is commercial suicide for most sites. I expect this mod to be used by sites with little adult content.

Our site for example does not have any adult forum yet and we are still wondering whether it will have one in the future. I cannot imagine that blocking guests from such a section would have much impact on us. We would need to focus on adult content to make this happen and that is not what we intend to do.

Jase2
23 Mar 2008, 14:04
Won't a user be able put any DOB in their profile, then be able to access it?

Regards Jason :)

Spinball
23 Mar 2008, 15:42
I don' t think that this is commercial suicide for most sites. I expect this mod to be used by sites with little adult content.

Our site for example does not have any adult forum yet and we are still wondering whether it will have one in the future. I cannot imagine that blocking guests from such a section would have much impact on us. We would need to focus on adult content to make this happen and that is not what we intend to do.
The adult market - particularly video - is a huge one. If you can tap into it, there is huge advertising revenue potential.

Won't a user be able put any DOB in their profile, then be able to access it?

Regards Jason :)Yes, but if you don't tell them *why* it is needed initially (compulsory at registration ideally), then they are likely to enter their real DOB.
Make their DOB non-editable so they can't change it themselves.
Then when they come to access a forum for which they need to be 18, they may give you some tale that they entered the wrong DOB and ask you to change it for them. We ask them to fax over proof.

Kirk Y
23 Mar 2008, 17:21
v1.0.1 has been released. The plugin code has been consolidated and the age denial messages have been improved to reduce user confusion.

SHANE-D-PAIN
23 Mar 2008, 18:48
Don't want to give away any trade secrets here, but that is commercial suicide.
One major way to make money from your forum is banners. Block visitors and you will be blocking roughly two thirds of your potential banner impressions (based on our stats of one third members two thirds guests on average).
And block visitors and you are blocking spiders so the threads in that forum won't get into Google.
Bad, bad idea blocking guests.
Not if you are just denying them access to that forum in particular.

Spinball
26 Mar 2008, 16:45
Not if you are just denying them access to that forum in particular.
Yes, also if you are just denying them access to that forum in particular.

tmiland
27 Mar 2008, 03:29
Perfect mod! Just what i needed :D

uReside.com
27 Mar 2008, 17:44
I don' t think that this is commercial suicide for most sites. I expect this mod to be used by sites with little adult content.

Our site for example does not have any adult forum yet and we are still wondering whether it will have one in the future. I cannot imagine that blocking guests from such a section would have much impact on us. We would need to focus on adult content to make this happen and that is not what we intend to do.

Mine is the same way. I have mine off to guests, and on to members. But I dont want members under the age to view it.

dcw
19 Apr 2008, 08:47
Is there away to set this up to block gender?

Kirk Y
19 Apr 2008, 18:14
I believe there are already a few modifications that do that. But no, this modification wasn't designed to restrict each gender to a specific forum.

Bounce
20 Apr 2008, 02:18
I've installed this but does not seem to work..

I set it up to not allow under 16's into a particuliar forum then set up a test account (aged 8) then tryed to access that forum and it let me ...

Do I need to turn it on elsewhere or just set the age per forum?

Edit: Apologises it's working althou I'd prefer it to not let the user see the forum thread content at all..

Maybe show tham the list of thread but when they click to view the thread is denies then??

This works when they try and submit a thread or reply.

DubaiHost
20 Apr 2008, 05:35
Great ..
but they can go and change their ages .. by this i will not se the real ages .. it will be a big mess .

thanks anyway ..

Kirk Y
20 Apr 2008, 06:22
I've installed this but does not seem to work..

I set it up to not allow under 16's into a particuliar forum then set up a test account (aged 8) then tryed to access that forum and it let me ...

Do I need to turn it on elsewhere or just set the age per forum?

Edit: Apologises it's working althou I'd prefer it to not let the user see the forum thread content at all..

Maybe show tham the list of thread but when they click to view the thread is denies then??

This works when they try and submit a thread or reply.

That's why the modification is called Per-Forum Age Restrictions on posting.

Great ..
but they can go and change their ages .. by this i will not se the real ages .. it will be a big mess .

thanks anyway ..

If you would read previous posts, it is your responsibility to handle how DOBs are limited on your board. You can easily force users to provide the information during registration and then disallow them from changing it themselves later on.

DubaiHost
20 Apr 2008, 08:31
yeah ..
Just saw that .. !
Great work ,, and nice idea ... Installed ..

can i translate it to another language .. ?

Bounce
20 Apr 2008, 16:19
That's why the modification is called Per-Forum Age Restrictions on posting.



Ahh apologises,no use to me then as what's the point when they can see all the thread content.

Wanted this for an adult section where swear words are allowed

Not to worry :rolleyes:

jerx
21 Apr 2008, 05:34
Great ..
but they can go and change their ages .. by this i will not se the real ages .. it will be a big mess .

thanks anyway ..

If you would read previous posts, it is your responsibility to handle how DOBs are limited on your board. You can easily force users to provide the information during registration and then disallow them from changing it themselves later on.

Kirk Y, you are right about responsibility, but I have the same concerns as DubaiHost. I think that restricting forums by age and disallowing to change birthday might lead to fake accounts by underaged users. Nonetheless I would restrict such forums, since I hope that most underaged users do not try to gain access. It is a bad excuse to say that they will break your restriction anyway.

I think I refrain from opening an "adult" section. Looks like it causes too many headaches, which are not worthwile if you intend to keep it small and do not want to earn a ton of money with it.

Kirk Y
21 Apr 2008, 08:08
Kirk Y, you are right about responsibility, but I have the same concerns as DubaiHost. I think that restricting forums by age and disallowing to change birthday might lead to fake accounts by underaged users. Nonetheless I would restrict such forums, since I hope that most underaged users do not try to gain access. It is a bad excuse to say that they will break your restriction anyway.

I think I refrain from opening an "adult" section. Looks like it causes too many headaches, which are not worthwile if you intend to keep it small and do not want to earn a ton of money with it.
There's always a way around the system. Even if we had credit card age verifications, people could use another person's credit card. Infallibility does not exist.

cjddrum1
27 May 2008, 04:55
how about restriction to read forum also based on age?

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Derekclarke
11 Aug 2008, 17:31
can this be easily modified to prevent under 18's viewing specific forums?

briansol
11 Aug 2008, 22:05
This doesn't appear to be working for forums that also have a password on them.

Ie, i have a nws forum of which the password 'nws' needs to be entered to view.

I added thei product, and as a guest, as long as i enter nws, i can still see it.

Mark Dunnigan
18 Oct 2008, 07:48
I've been needing something like this, thanks. Installed.

Dax IX
08 Jan 2009, 10:14
Until I hear from the creator of this product, I won't release it, but there's a simple, one-word-edit to restrict under-aged people from viewing threads.

Yes, someone can still go in and change their birthday, but under-aged people can still hit "I'm Over 18" on adult sites, too. It's their responsibility to provide you with the correct information, and if they really want to, they'll change their info.

I don't require people to enter their b'days at registration on one of my forums, but I still want to keep it a "family-friendly" site while at the same time provide a small space for our over-18 members to have their adult conversations, and post images that contain adult-oriented material (no porn).

mikey1991
12 Jan 2009, 00:55
Until I hear from the creator of this product, I won't release it, but there's a simple, one-word-edit to restrict under-aged people from viewing threads.

Yes, someone can still go in and change their birthday, but under-aged people can still hit "I'm Over 18" on adult sites, too. It's their responsibility to provide you with the correct information, and if they really want to, they'll change their info.

I don't require people to enter their b'days at registration on one of my forums, but I still want to keep it a "family-friendly" site while at the same time provide a small space for our over-18 members to have their adult conversations, and post images that contain adult-oriented material (no porn).

I really need this line of code that will stop the under 18s from viewing threads..

Dax IX
12 Jan 2009, 07:21
PM sent.

Did you understand my instructions? Did it work for you?

chickentek
12 Jan 2009, 08:17
If possible, may I please also have the instructions.

Dax IX
12 Jan 2009, 08:57
PM Sent. :)

Let me know if it works for you. :)

m411b
22 Feb 2009, 02:01
Chani, could I get these instructions as well? Please?
Thanx in advance..

sflmkv
11 Mar 2009, 01:22
Chani, please send that to me at your earliest convenience, thanks.

Dax IX
11 Mar 2009, 02:06
To all:

I will happily provide this little edit to anyone who PM's me for it. :)

Thank you.

Dax IX
11 Mar 2009, 03:06
BTW, it works fine in 3.8, Also.

HaS€R
11 Mar 2009, 20:49
Thanks.I'll Have A Look

Chadi
26 Feb 2012, 00:07
Is there a way to set a maximum age per forum? I need that for a teen forum.

Thanks.