After Following the (1051083) Underage user Thread, started by "I'mWithTheGuyWithTheShirtThatSaysI'mWithStupid", I've followed the advice they gave him for what to do in that situation. I've reported you to Wikia Staff. You might be getting a global block for your "Prof. Chester" Wikia account and your "Cloudery10alt" sock puppet.
After reading this blog post I found, it seems like most but not all believe that it's unfair to punish underage users even if they're behaving very well and represent what a good community looks like. In my personal opinion, I would not want to ban an underage user, unless that person is acting very immature and not following our policy. After all, a staff said it's not really okay for admins to ask about someone's age, and it's best to use Special:Contact for these kind of situations.
I will say, however, that you did a good job reporting the proper way, Dyna. Just thought I'd have you take this into consideration in case you've never read the blog post I linked above.
Thanks. Trying to do things like this the proper way, even if I'm still learning some of it. I think this is my first time reporting someone for their age, but... if I had it to do over again, I'm not sure if I would have reported this guy or not.
Hey, Prof! If you just remove your age from your profile information, you could get out of this unscathed. Oh, he already disabled his account. If you ever make another account, you might want to avoid publicly telling people your age. Did he hear me? I'm hoping he heard me.
I've been told I don't HAVE to report it if I don't want to and reporting them is completely of my own free will. It's Wikia's problem, not ours. Asking people to not post their personal information isn't just to protect people under 13, it's to protect EVERYONE. And asking someone's age "out of the blue" may be a violation of their privacy. (Asking him here was ok cause he already made it public. But I may have over stepped my bounds in an earlier comment. I plan to undo that soon.)
I'm sure Jumper, Urban, and I will have much to discuss about this.
I think I misunderstood the goal of COPPA. I figured it was to keep kids from posting stuff so there was no way they could post personal information. But NOW, I'm starting to think that the goal is protecting their private information while allowing them to post stuff.
Like if someone makes a comment and says they're 11 years old, we could just edit it out/delete the comment, then leave a generic warning on their wall about not posting their age.
It's more about MATURITY than age. A 12 year old can be more mature than some 19 year olds.
It also helps that our Wiki is based off of a family friendly game. This is not a Call of Duty Wiki.
My input: if it's not your problem, don't bother taking action. If they cause you problems, then you have every right to report them with valid proof. Of course the first line of defense is blocking them if they cause harm to the wiki. Reporting it to wikia is to just disable or temporarily global block them.
All in all, this law is not yours to enforce. So I wouldn't worry about it.