All over the world are child protection laws, which we have to abide by. One of the most important in our case is that we cannot collect and/or store the personal information of people younger than 13. Personal information includes contact information, such as email addresses or phone numbers, photos, full real names, etc. for this reason Discourse has made their software require all users to certify that they are 13 or older when they sign up.
If a person fraudulently signs up while underage, and we find out that they’re underage, they will be banned. This is not something we decided. It is not negotiable. It is not discrimination. It is law, and failure to adhere to the laws may render us liable for prosecution.