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it's Daniil Manokhin, ex-user (89966). Most of you will probably know me. I was an active contributor to Travel.SE and a few other SE sites till I got destroyed on 11th November on 2019 on all SE sites due to the fact I was under 16 and based in an EU country (UK).

Can I just say thanks everyone for all your responses to the post above and thank you to Mark Mayo for posting it. I read all your comments, thank you for your kind words.

So, what happened?

It is 11th November 2019, I am chatting in the You are Here chat and then I leave to get dinner. I come back to find all my chat messages replaced with my user number instead of my username.

I try to post a message and it says I am not logged in. I go to the main Travel.SE site to log in and find I am logged out. I try to log in and it says I have no account.

I check my email and find an email from a CM explaining the situation. I ask the CM several times to leave a message in the Travel.SE chat but this is ignored.

Since I was destroyed I have still been checking Travel.SE and other SE sites several times a week because I miss the community.

What has changed?

SO's terms of service:

You must be at least 13 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without limitation to complete a Stack Overflow account registration. By accessing or using the Services or the Network in any manner, you represent and warrant that you are at least 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years old, you may not, under any circumstances or for any reason, access or use the Services or Network in any manner, and may not provide any personal information to or on the Services or Network (including, for example, a name, address, telephone number or email address).

If you are located within the European Union, you must be at least 16 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without limitation to complete a Stack Overflow Account Registration. By accessing or using the Services or the Network in any manner, you represent and warrant that you are at least 16 years of age. If you are under 16 years old, you may not, under any circumstances or for any reason, access or use the Services or Network in any manner, and may not provide any personal information to or on the Services or Network (including, for example, a name, address, telephone number or email address).

I am under 16 and was based in an EU country since then the UK has officially left the EU on January 31st so I am only required to be 13 which I am.

And, since the UK's COPPA Children's Online Privacy Protection Act is set to 13 I can return to SE. I emailed SE to ask whether I can return but I received no response even with two follow up emails.

I miss this site too much now and I say no reason why I can't be on this site now. I have sent an email to SE and to the CM who destroyed me asking for re-association of all my posts and most likely everything will be ok.

:)


Daniil

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    For curiosity, would you mind posting the email you received from the CM? – gparyani Feb 9 at 20:54
  • @gparyani the initial email informing me of the ban? – Xnero Feb 9 at 21:02
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    Yes, that would be very nice. – gparyani Feb 9 at 21:02
  • @gparyani pastebin.com/uzYGfqtc – Xnero Feb 9 at 21:04
  • Couldn't have you used the "asking for a friend" defense? – Franck Dernoncourt Feb 9 at 22:19
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    Hey, something good came out of Brexit! – Michael Hampton Feb 10 at 2:14
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    @MichaelHampton :) – Xnero Feb 10 at 7:56
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    I would just point out that the UK's minimum age for digital services has been 13 since September of 2017, so there was never any legal need to delete your account. So, @MichaelHampton the fact that anything good has come out of Brexit is nonetheless due only to Stack Exchange's heavy-handed, ignorant interpretation of GDPR. – phoog Feb 10 at 18:12
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    @phoog I know, hopefully I can get my posts re-associated soon – Xnero Feb 10 at 18:12
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    @MichaelHampton Not really, all EU law still continues to apply to the UK during the whole transition period (11 months, maybe more again?), so nothing has legally changed. But as phoog says, if SE thinks it actually matters, so be it. – TooTea Feb 10 at 19:41
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    @TooTea EU law continues to apply in the UK, but the terms of service do not make reference to EU law. They only say "in the European Union." It's clear to me that whoever wrote them did not talk to a European lawyer, but that's beside the point: the EU age limit does not apply to someone in the UK because the terms of service apply that age limit only to people "in the European Union." For the same reason, the limit does not apply to people in other non-EU countries where the GDPR is in force. – phoog Feb 10 at 21:38
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    @phoog Yeah, the ToS are again a great show of ignorance of SE for anything outside the US. – Polygnome Feb 10 at 22:39
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    Perhaps you've noticed it already, but in case you have not, there is a question about this on Law: Will Stack Exchange EU terms still apply to Britain now that BREXIT has finished? – phoog Feb 11 at 23:53
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    Next time, lie about your age online. Now you know better :) – user91988 Feb 21 at 22:04
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Welcome Back Daniil!

Really happy to hear that you're back, and I'm looking forward to seeing your valuable contributions once again. As I wrote on the previous Travel Meta post regarding your sudden disappearance, I was disappointed and felt the reasoning was a bit harsh, so I'm glad you've been given this opportunity to come back.

Glad to hear we're seeing you sooner than we all expected.

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    Thanks for the welcome :) – Xnero Feb 9 at 21:04
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I'll second that - welcome back Daniil!

While it'd be nice to have your posts reassociated, you're not your prior posts. Moving forward is a better strategy than looking to the past.

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Welcome. Welcome. And again: welcome!

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