This is quite the change. That’s too bad it will affect existing users.
The thirty cent fee can be looked at many different ways as a parent. They may think of it as a way for the site to make money. I know the fee already existed, but could it possibly be only required for users under thirteen? For thirteen and older, an email verification would suffice. Honestly, this site is very family friendly as it is.
If I had my own world
I’d build you an empire
from here to the farlands
to spread love like violence
In fact, we actually lose money on COPPA payments nowadays. PayPal changed their pricing structure a while back so that the $0.30 flat fee is deducted after the 2.9% proportional fee, so receiving the $0.30 costs us nearly $0.31, or slightly more if the payment is coming from outside the US.
It's an entirely negligible cost compared to things like hosting fees, but the point I'm trying to make is that this is not benefiting us and we would abolish it if we could. Our confirmation fee is already much lower than many other sites - Nintendo, for example, charge $0.50, so I assume they are making a (very small) profit off it.
There's no place like 192.168.0.0/16...
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