I got my start building web pages on simple forums. Arguing back and forth about the proper way to do things while the web standards movement was just getting its start. In an odd turn of events, I'm back where I started: making websites.
Maybe, I could have still wound up where I am today if I got my start long after my adolescence. I'm not so sure. What I can't do is sit in my high tower and tell the next generation of kids that the “real” web is all components and higher-order functions… no matter what I'm interested in these days. Thankfully, everyone can still start where I did—even as a child—and make their own journey. My obligation, as a person who's made it this far, is to ensure there still people willing to help a young developer out getting their start.
Perhaps one of the real casualties of our community is common ground. We all have personal domains, but I haven't frequented a design forum in a dog’s age. Where would you go with an issue today? Right to stack overflow? Reddit? Are there still vibrant design forums? I'm still intimidated by those spaces, so I doubt I would have had the gumption to make a start if YouTube comments, Reddit threads and the like were my only mechanism for seeking help.