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Aww, squonk...how sad it is when you troll the boards.
To reply to your question, 16 is the minimum age because that's the legal minimum age in most countries to work. Mind you, Canada for example has laws that dictate when those younger may work, but hey, most 15 year olds don't have a lot of interest in a job.
Now, just to point out, we've actually hired under 16 twice: One was a -Head- of Media (that meant he was in charge of the dept), and one was Q&A. If you ever read any portion of the site in, say...2000-1, you would have run across both individuals' works.
No, it's not news, but your concern "appears" to be maturity (which mind you, you display a lack of by the tone in which you posted, let alone the words you used).
Please feel assured that we do have a two step screening process to weed out anyone without the proper mindset or maturity; we also find many people applying from our channel on IRC, and from the boards - and we can further examine their merits from this interaction.