Looking at the bottom of every page, the copyright date explicitly says 2000-2011. Yet, some members are from 1999? The Straight Dope is based in the United States; therefore, it is written in English and presumably follows American laws. Assuming that one would be allowed to access a public discussion forum at the age of 13 years old (otherwise, it would be illegal in the United States due to COPPA), 13 + 11 = 24. Therefore, the minimum age at which the oldest member here must be greater than 24 years! If this is the case, then these members are old! :eek:
And that is a very good thing. Theoretically, becoming older means becoming wiser. So, theoretically, these older members should be wiser than I. Practically, they are!
I wonder if Cecil Adams is the first member or chief administrator of this forum. Also, where is Cecil Adams lately? Ever since I joined this site, I expected Cecil Adams to show up and answer one of my queries. Apparently, I am disappointed, because it seems like he does not exist. Perhaps, I am becoming deluded.
The earliest SDMB join dates are from February 1999, so in theory, the youngest members from that date would be 25 now. (I’m not sure if that rule was in place at the time.) We’ve had younger people join since then. There a Straight Dope AOL group for several years before the message board came into existence, and like the masthead says, the column has been around since 1973.