It's a bad thing because the nicher something is, I'd say the quality of discussion is better.>gatekeeper!!!!
Yes, and? Gatekeeping is a good thing. I remember talking to a friend of mine recently and he defended watching Fate as opposed to reading the VN and I called him a secondary.
Like, sure, you can watch the various anime adaptations but:>the VN contains more info>the first route was never even properly adapted, in my opinion
It makes sense to gatekeep. The quality of discussion if you let normalfags who don't care about the source material in drops drastically.
It's the reason why I remember and like talking about Jojo, actually, I remember rewatching the Part 5 anime with a friend of mine a few months back and even though both him and I have read the manga and watched all of the anime up till that point, I watched Part 5 and he didn't, and he was constantly having to remind himself of the Stands and their abilities, for example, he couldn't remember wtf Rolling Stones did.
This is not to say he's a speedreader but maybe that I'm just a huge attentive-reading Jojo weeb (since I started browsing 4chan in 2009 and was there when Part 8 started), but once you open up the discussion to normalfags who only want the conversation and do not actually care about the source material, it all goes to shit.