I’m not Quartz, but I’m assuming that his concern is that he could be prosecuted in Canada for flirtatious board posts or PMs with another member who turned out to be a 12-year-old living in Montreal. The board’s policy would protect the SDMB itself (and the Reader, Cecil Adams, xash, etc.) from lawsuits about this, but Quartz could still be tried, convicted, and sentenced to die. Or something … There’s not really any board policy that could conceivably protect him from this, that I can think of, though. Even if the rule was ‘no members under 25’, there is, as mentioned, no good way to consistently enforce that. I’m sure we do have members under 13, despite the current rules, as one can get around these be solemnly swearing on the web form that you’re over 13. These offenses against children are almost always under a ‘strict liability’ standard, so this isn’t a defense against a charge of indecency, any more than the fake ID that the girl used to get into the bar they met at saved Rob Lowe from statutory rape charges … “I swear I thought she was 18” doesn’t fly in court, no matter how good the evidence was. Or so I’ve heard.