Hope this is the appropriate place for this, but I am extremely disappointed with the new BST (not F but kinda F) forums and have a few thoughts I would like to share.
Making this over 18 sucks ( and I say this as a person well into his thirties) for quite a few reasons. First and foremost, I have found and bought deals through this forum that were posted by minors, plain and simple. Heck, I am pretty sure many a year ago, if Copyright is one of the kids that ran the BrickBros store then, I bought a MISB RBR off him when he was a minor, great deal but I had to trust a minor and did.
More importantly, it seems there are a few major legal problems that have been accidentally created. First even though FBTB claims no responsibility for bad trades/etc, the new rules will actually make FBTB liable for any trades in the forum and it doesn't matter that you say you aren't. FBTB are now making people "prove" who the are before you endorse them in, thus you are now responsible, if anyone gets scammed by an under 18 person, FBTB will be liable as they have vouched that they were 18+. Basically once you choose to get involved at this level, some responsibility now exists whether you like it or not, that action makes it so. If this isn't clear, I strongly suggest consulting with a lawyer who is also versed internationally as this changes somewhat in different countries.
Also problematic is the request of a photocopy of picture ID proving age, in this stolen identity world, there is absolutely no way that I would ever consider this personally, just wouldn't do it and as I also don't do paypal nor do I have a bricklink store ( I only buy don't sell so don't need one) I will now never be able to post in the BST(F?) forum, basically the main reason I visit the site. Also, legally again, with this kind of request you need a privacy and data retention policy clearly spelled out, what on earth happens to them, for how long, again because once you do this, legally you may be required to produce this information if you become involved in a lawsuit.
To continue the ramble, the pseudo-removal of the F from the forum just doesn't make sense, its been removed, we still kind of encourage you to post finds, but most of you can't actually do it because we haven't granted you permission. This was one of the most valuable functions of the old site to me, when I told my wife about this she was stunned just like me, as she said "but that is where all the good finds are found!". So in short, please bring back the F and let us all post them.
Next is the removal of what was far and above the most valuable service provided by the old site for me. The MBOLCH thread, for the life of me I cannot imagine anyone who ever "used" one of these threads thinking it would be a good idea to stop it, it is just too valuable. I subscribed to the thread, sometimes deals are hot and time matters, I get an email when someone posts a new find, awesome! Now that just doesn't exist. I cannot understand why it was shut down, the "elitist" part makes no sense to me, we had an open thread anyone could post to, now a guarded group won't let anyone post at all, that sounds much more elitist to me.
Sorry for the rant, just seems a whole bunch of things that were the most valuable parts to me in this community have been obliterated for reasons that aren't great nor clear. They have also created a legal conundrum for the FBTB staff as they could currently be held responsible for any bad trades that occur in the forum and I doubt this was planned.