I don't use Discord or Reddit.
I really liked the customization that message boards allowed user. While some places like sppf were always very strict with customizations, many places allowed nice customer avatars, nice signatures, user titles, name changes, etc. It's a shame that message boards have fallen out of favor simply due to convenient centralization of discussion on places like Reddit and Discord. Maybe I'm too old to understand, but even 28 isn't old. Well, it shouldn't be.
I've still never used Discord. Something about it makes me feel all discombobulated and tense... I dunno what it is.
I use Reddit from time to time, just because it beats most social media in terms of usability; personally, I credit that to downvotes, whereas Twitter and etc. have no bullshit suppression system like that. But it's still really impersonal, and there are only a few users in subreddits I frequent whose names I somewhat recognize, and even then, only vaguely (like, mostly, "Oh, hey, I agree with this person a lot," or, "This guy's always a douche." Mostly the latter, now that I think about it...), and I've never really interacted with anybody. Contrast that with forums, where even on sites where I rarely/never posted, I can recognize and feel like I know users better. There's probably hundreds of former users on this site who, if they popped in for the first time in years, I'd go, "Oh, hey, that's [X], they were [details about them]." Most of that's probably down to the customization, where you have a big avatar and signatures you associate with a specific person's posts so you remember what they say, not to mention forums don't have algorithms constantly cycling new posts and burying everything older (depending on the case, I often feel weird about replying to something 5-10 hours old on Reddit, except on comparatively inactive subs where I might occasionally make a comment a day or so later).
So, I dunno. I wish it was more active here, but at the same time, I can't say I do anything Pokemon-related anymore, and I'm sure that's the case for a lot of people now (well, I was never THAT into it except when it first became big; I'm fine with playing the games, but at the same time, they're really low on my priority list, so I haven't actually played any since Black/White 2), so that means like 95% of the site serves no purpose for me. Still, having people come to the site to discuss Pokemon waters the non-Pokemon sections, so things end up wilting when they stop coming; I feel like I should post more, but there aren't enough new threads/posts to reply to
, so everything starts circling the drain because there are other sites moving faster. At some level, I do hold a concern about, the way a huge proportion of internet users are drawn to certain big sites like Youtube/Facebook/Twitter/etc., when hypothetically the net should be wide open for anyone to go anywhere, but we mostly end up on a few specific websites, seeing a few specific things at specific times, and imo it has the effect of taking small things that could be half a world away, and making them feel as though they're occupying your entire existence. It's like if TV and newspapers did away with local news and only started offering national/international coverage; you'd have no idea what was going on closest to you. Even non-serious things, like memes, pop culture, and etc.; doesn't it seem like you have
to know certain references, or have watched Game of Thrones
and the Marvel movies to fit in on the internet sometimes?
Anyway, that's my long-winded way of saying 28 is old and you should feel old. Honestly, how does an old person even get that old? The oldly thing worse than being 28 would be being 29. I can't even imagine that.