At 1/25/10 04:33 PM, Fyndir wrote:
At 1/25/10 04:28 PM, Lagamuffin wrote:
The majority of NG's userbase are 13-16 year olds.Yet meets are at their best with adult only rules to allow for better conversation, drinking, gambling or whatever else, without having to babysit a bunch of whiny brats.
Well, the problem is that younger users bring its own set of legal concerns to the table, which does complicate shit. Like understandably so there are parents who are 'uneasy' about the concept of these things and so they want someone to be a responsible adult authority figure to more or less take care of their kid or assure their safety. Of course that is somewhat absurd because many times the meets themselves are a vacation for me or whomever else is going.
Its just a slippery slope because i personally wouldnt let my kid goto some big city like London/NY/whatever. So their concern is valid and their paranoia is valid. It's just hard for kids to realize that and so we have users that pop-up that arent old enough. In the end its fine, its at probably the most public place in london and theres nothing really secretive or deceitful going on. It does what it says on the tin. I dont even know why people enjoy them so much, we do the same shit every year lol. People just like the networking aspect and i think as you get older you get a greater appreciation of that activity. Anywho, the reason london is all ages is because we/i didnt make it 18+ to begin with and its too late to close the door now. So it is what it is and we have one afternoon thats all ages.
If you are a potential meetup host i'd recommend it be 18+, it just clears up alot of potential issues that seem to spring up.