First off... why is this all anonymous? It's a bit strange that this is all posted anonymous.
Sorry all... I was busy doing gymnastics... running a big gymnastics meet and being a head coach.
I'll read through each and every one of these and give answers... but I can say right now... the answers may not be what everyone is looking to hear. The internet and social media has changed... so if you are looking for what was... I doubt you are going to find that anywhere. With that being said... I'm sure there are things that can be done to make this place better.
It's not all anonymous. Some of us purposefully did not post anonymously. Also, the anonymous feature here defaults to anonymous, so some may have inadvertently posted anonymously. Also, the anonymous feature permits/encourages anonymous posting.
I understand that you and all the moderators work very hard to make this site as good as it can be, and that it is not your job but your passion. I know I am not alone in how truly grateful I am for the mods and this site.
I first came to this site around 2016 iirc and Chalkbucket was a lifeline for me than. But I am a parent who does not need this site anymore, I am basically here at this point - sporadically- to "give back" - offer feedback when questions relevant to my experience with gymnastics over the last decade + comes up. I love this site for all it gave me and I still enjoy coming here and reading about gymnastics. But since I am no longer an active participant and likely to become even more inactive, maybe I feel more comfortable offering my opinions about site changes openly than those who are more invested.
I think the criticism offered on this thread has been for the most part constructively given, and well meaning.
As far as "the internet is changing." Well, it is, and it isn't. The Internet has always been a place that minors access, where access is either entirely unregulated or ineffectively regulated, and where predators seek to ingratiate/ insert themselves into communities that allow access for them to groom and harm minors, and where communities themselves can become inadvertent participants in that grooming by enabling/normalizing adult-minor communication in the first place.
Well meaning adults can either choose to not permit minor-adult interaction and adopt whatever policies and safeguards might discourage it- or do whatever they can to protect minors while permitting/encouraging minor-adult interaction. I know my preference. I am not saying my way is the only way- but dismissal of these concerns as some have done as somehow out of touch is alarming. Child safeguarding does not go out of fashion, nor do the principles of safeguarding change with the times.