Youngest Mefite? May 15, 2007 10:25 AM   Subscribe

This made me wonder who our youngest Mefite is.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 10:25 AM (56 comments total)

At most 14.
posted by gsteff at 10:30 AM on May 15, 2007


I've always operated under the assumption that Mefites were >18, although I'm not sure where or why I began assuming that.

Seeing an Ask Mefi that involved a high school prom and graduation made me wonder about the age extremes on Mefi: what the youngest (and perhaps oldest?) Mefites are.

Just curious if anyone has any thoughts or experience on that regard; I don't think the system at any point polls us for our birthdate, so it'd probably just be anecdotal experience ...
posted by WCityMike at 10:32 AM on May 15, 2007


mathowie's baby, I'd imagine.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:33 AM on May 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


Certainly the registration fee probably serves to keep most people who can't own credit cards (read: young people) out of here?
posted by dead_ at 10:35 AM on May 15, 2007


dead: Gift memberships are still an option, as is "Dad, Paypal this website five dollars for me."
posted by Plutor at 10:38 AM on May 15, 2007


And I bet the alternate payment methods mentioned in the FAQ include sending a Lincoln through snail mail.
posted by Plutor at 10:40 AM on May 15, 2007


Fake.
posted by sluglicker at 10:42 AM on May 15, 2007


I have an automatic soft spot for anybody who calls him/herself FeistyFerret. Especially if s/he has a feisty ferret (or two or three) of whom s/he takes good care.

(I'm thinking of dropping gender-specific pronouns and calling everybody "it".)

And speaking of feisty ferrets, Natasha's up and bored.
posted by davy at 10:48 AM on May 15, 2007


I think Fiona is probably older than baby_jessamyn at this point.
posted by OmieWise at 10:48 AM on May 15, 2007


Certainly the registration fee probably serves to keep most people who can't own credit cards (read: young people) out of here?

visa gift and pay-as-you-go cards are sold at almost every drugstore and grocery store in the country.
posted by necessitas at 11:02 AM on May 15, 2007


It is a little known fact that the animated sitcom character Stewie Griffin is based upon the person posting as quonsar.
posted by y2karl at 11:43 AM on May 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


necessitas writes "visa gift and pay-as-you-go cards are sold at almost every drugstore and grocery store in the country."

Huh. I didn't know that. Learn something new every day.
posted by Bugbread at 12:09 PM on May 15, 2007


Isn't it a bit of a problem legally if you have young users? A lot of message boards make you swear you're over 14.
posted by smackfu at 12:13 PM on May 15, 2007


I'm .62 years old.
On Uranus.
posted by Floydd at 12:20 PM on May 15, 2007 [2 favorites]


I joined when I was a zygote.
posted by found missing at 12:28 PM on May 15, 2007


Floydd, get off my anus...
posted by lleachie at 12:35 PM on May 15, 2007


The only prepaid visas I've seen had a $150 minimum to start, and about three pages of 'creative' charges and fees that would start to cost real money if you actually used the card on anything beyond disposable cell phone topups ...
posted by acro at 12:38 PM on May 15, 2007


You can also get Paypal without credit cards (with a bank account), but they will take MONTHS to 'verify' the account, and if you forget your password, good luck getting the account working without contacting the bbb.
posted by acro at 12:45 PM on May 15, 2007


I swear over 14 times every frigging day.
posted by Dizzy at 1:03 PM on May 15, 2007


In terms of dog years, this thread is closed to new comments.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:18 PM on May 15, 2007


I have the mind of a ten-year-old. Does that count?
posted by lekvar at 2:37 PM on May 15, 2007


acro writes "The only prepaid visas I've seen had a $150 minimum to start"

the cheque cashing places around here are advertising a free prepaid M/C when you open an account with them (Loaded with $10 it is apparently a $40 value).
posted by Mitheral at 3:30 PM on May 15, 2007


I don't care who is the youngest mefite, or how old he/she/it is.

Just get off my damn lawn.

[NOT AGEIST]
posted by qvantamon at 4:04 PM on May 15, 2007


I read at the 5th grade level.
posted by sourwookie at 4:26 PM on May 15, 2007


At nearly 30, I'm the oldest young person on MeFi.
posted by Deathalicious at 4:40 PM on May 15, 2007


I'm 35. But since I am sooo smart, so unbelievably brilliant, so astoundingly and astonishingly intelligent, I experience life 10 times more than the average person.

That makes me like 300 some years old.

Or something.
posted by quin at 4:42 PM on May 15, 2007


Not the oldest, not the youngest, not even the tallest...
posted by klangklangston at 5:29 PM on May 15, 2007


That's funny, lekvar, I have the body of a ten-year-old.

It's in the closet. Wanna see?
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 5:43 PM on May 15, 2007


Mr.Encyclopedia, are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Hint: I'm thinking MAD SCIENCE!
posted by lekvar at 7:11 PM on May 15, 2007


I'm 15
posted by lee at 7:25 PM on May 15, 2007


I just turned 40. WTF
posted by maxwelton at 7:30 PM on May 15, 2007


I'm barely legal! By "barely," I mean "for about nine years now."
posted by klangklangston at 7:38 PM on May 15, 2007


I'm 17, and I paid for my own account, without a credit card.

I'm an avid eBay user, and my parents and I share a PayPal account. So I paid the $5 from the account, and just paid my parents back from my own bank account.

Not outside the realm of possibility to have people younger on here, I imagine.
posted by DMan at 8:05 PM on May 15, 2007


17, paid for my own account. But I just have a PayPal hooked up to a debit card. It takes about a week to transfer funds, but hey, it's better than nothing.

On the other hand, I always act the hypocrite and assume everyone else here is in the 20+ range. Might have something to do with the correct grammar and spelling. *shrugs*
posted by Phire at 8:18 PM on May 15, 2007


I'm 17. I seriously doubt us 17 year olds (waves at Phire, DMan) are the youngest, though. I bought my account with my Paypal account attached to my checking account.

This doesn't have much to do with anything, but as long as the topic has been brought up: I've never felt weird about being younger than average here on MeFi, but I mostly stick to Ask. The size of this community helps ease that slight awkwardness as well- I've been (by far) the youngest person on smaller message board type things and that did get strange at times. Here (and maybe this is more apparent on Ask, I don't know) it feels like people run the gamut. I get surprised when I see people older than 50 or so though, mostly because I can't imagine my parents using Metafilter. Definitely adds some interesting viewpoints though.

Incidentally, Visa gift cards are available in fifty dollar versions, if not smaller ones.
posted by MadamM at 8:47 PM on May 15, 2007


I have an American Express gift card for $25, and I assume it could be used in the same way.
posted by DMan at 8:51 PM on May 15, 2007


Yay it's not me! Woo!

Although I'm pretty sure I'm the youngest active MeChazen. Hrrmph.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:35 PM on May 15, 2007


*thinks about looking for old offsite MeFi demographic survey thread, decides he's too lazy*
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:43 PM on May 15, 2007


lee has multiple personalities...

seriously, why bother?
posted by jacalata at 9:59 PM on May 15, 2007


::releases virus that makes all 17 year olds glow an unearthly green for the next ten days::

Mission Accomplished. They are targeted and locked.




[there is no cabal.]
posted by quin at 10:23 PM on May 15, 2007


Heh, Citrus, m'on MeCha, too, just not very regularly since I find the formatting a bit hard to follow..
posted by Phire at 11:35 PM on May 15, 2007


I joined a year ago when I was 17, because my friend who was already a MeFite used his PayPal account to buy me an account. I believe he was about 16 when he joined.
posted by cholly at 2:59 AM on May 16, 2007


I was 17 when I joined. 21 now. One thing I've always found about the web is that as long as you've got a decent hold on spelling and grammar, no-one will suspect your youth unless you tell them. Which is nice.
posted by reklaw at 4:31 AM on May 16, 2007


I'm guessing that there are no actual front page posting MeFites who are less than 12 years old.

I'm also guessing that there are no actual front page posting MeFites who are more than 65 years old.
posted by chuckdarwin at 4:50 AM on May 16, 2007


I'm also guessing that there are no actual front page posting MeFites who are more than 65 years old.

I'm vaguely remembering that Postroad is, but I don't have a direct quote to back that up.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 5:43 AM on May 16, 2007


It's not me.
Just wanted to rule myself out. But I can read this small text, which means I can't be that old.
posted by MrMustard at 5:58 AM on May 16, 2007


I'm vaguely remembering that Postroad is, but I don't have a direct quote to back that up.

Postroad ?
Wait a minute... No new posts at Good Shit since 2002 ? Where did all the wall to wall boobies go ? This is not the Postroad I remember.
posted by y2karl at 6:23 AM on May 16, 2007


One thing I've always found about the web is that as long as you've got a decent hold on spelling and grammar, no-one will suspect your youth unless you tell them.

Hmm, this must have been Postroad's secret.
posted by y2karl at 6:25 AM on May 16, 2007


I joined when I was 14 (and didn't pay because it was free back in the olden days).
posted by zarah at 8:38 AM on May 16, 2007


I'm 44. I was 41 when I joined Metafilter, and 38 when I got the Paypal account I paid the $5 from. I'm probably one of the oldest Mefites around these days, and certainly the most senile.
posted by davy at 7:40 PM on May 16, 2007


Wasn't there a 13-year-old who posted a question to AskMefi once? I remember the poster being rather mature for his/her age.
posted by spiderskull at 8:17 PM on May 16, 2007


There was a 14 (or so) year old who posted 2 really good, long answers to someone's question about becoming a step-dad to some similarly aged kids. The community replied by calling him a fake and ended up scaring him off. There were MeTa posts about it.
posted by !Jim at 1:59 AM on May 17, 2007


I think hugsnkisses was, like, 9 or something when she joined cos she's about 15 now.
posted by essexjan at 4:55 AM on May 17, 2007


Yeah !Jim, that was FeistyFerret.
posted by Catfry at 4:59 AM on May 17, 2007


My sister is 14 and a riot!

I met hugsnkisses at a meetup, I think she joined when she was 12?
posted by blasdelf at 11:00 PM on May 17, 2007


FiestyFerret and I are both 14, probably making us the youngest regulalry active members. I've been lurking and such since I was 12.

I believe I am the youngest front page poster, however.
posted by Suparnova at 6:26 PM on May 24, 2007


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