It is sad how infectious and damaging corporate platforms like Discord are to fandom in general.

I'm a subforum mod in a community for a franchise dedicated to Pokémon — you, know, a franchise so geared for children that we former-children suffer from that aspect of it.

Recently the community took the decision to bar all underage users from the community. Ban all the children from engaging in a franchise for children.

...Really.

Because they made Discord *mandatory*.

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I get that "think of the children" is a factor but like... really. This is Pokémon. A stronger factor seems to be "protect yourself from the children" which to some point also makes sense, but doesn't everyone lie about their age on the internet anyway? On this internet identity for example, I'm 25.

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