IAMA former volunteer for America Online. For almost a year I spend 15-20 hours a week doing chat hosting and forum moderation for one of AOL's partner sites. Then AOL decided I was too young to volunteer and termed (fired) me. Oh yeah, I was ther...
This TIL made me think that people here might be interested in my experiences because I was there when the lawsuit was filed. Like every other active volunteer I thought it was ridiculous. I wasn't laughing anymore though when AOL decided to "limit their liability" and term me for being a teenager.
Before anybody asks, I didn't find out about the settlement until the day after the deadline to file a claim. So I've never gotten a dime in compensation. I have memories though. And an almost embarrassingly large pile of documentation (emails, chat logs, forum posts) from the time.
Un-redacted images have been sent to the mods along with proof of who I am. Hopefully they haven't gone to bed.
Can't think of anything else to add, so AMA!