I go on DoA and sigh to myself… I feel like it’s a group of people discriminating against those of us who can only afford Pullips or Obitsus…
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It really is discouraging to see how many people seem to misunderstand DoA’s topicality rules. It’s a privately-operated forum that has a specific focus, and those rules are there to keep it focused. That’s all.
The fact that they have specific criteria for topicality doesn’t mean the forum, the owner, the moderators, or the members are in any way saying that other types of dolls are inferior or undesirable. It doesn’t mean that anyone is saying that off-topic ball-jointed dolls (like dolls that aren’t resin, or those that use a spring system instead of stringing) aren’t BJDs, just that they aren’t the type that forum is geared toward.
Even if you don’t have a resin BJD, or even if you have no dolls at all, you can still join and participate - there is no discrimination. I only owned Pullips when I joined DoA, and I wasn’t certain if I would ever get a resin doll - the research I did on DoA helped me make that decision. But even if you never get a resin doll, you can still learn useful things (information on face-up techniques, sewing patterns, and other crafting can be equally useful for other doll types) and you can still join discussions, so long as you stay on-topic. While some dolls may be off-topic, owners really aren’t being shut out.
I remember when I was collecting Pullips, I heard a lot of negative stories about how mean BJD owners were, and how DoA was elitist, but I tried it for myself and I found there was very little truth to it all.
Honestly, you wouldn’t go to a forum for Disney movies and complain that they’re discriminating against Dreamworks, would you? Yes, Dreamworks and Disney both make 3D animated movies, but they’re not the same and it would be silly for you to demand a Dreamworks topic board on a Disney forum.
It’s the same thing. A pullip or an obitsu is a ball jointed doll, but it’s not the same as a resin doll.