As many of you are aware, there have been recent announcements regarding the verified bot developer badge and its recent change. The change outlines how the "Verified Bot Developer" badge is being changed to "Early Verified Developer", and will NOT be given to those who verify their bots in the future.
Many people, including me who have been working hard on their bots, and putting lots of thought and time and effort into the bot have been affected by these changes as well as those who have been planning to work hard on bots.
In the statement, there were outlined fraudulent requests and apparently this is one of the factors why this change has been made. My question, and the question that has been raised by so many people is, just because other people have been trying to fraudulently get this badge, why effect the others?
Many believe that the badge is the ONLY MOTIVATION to making bots in Discord, as your profile is the way to show of badges, and as I outlined earlier, there have been many people including myself who have been putting lots of time and thought into their bot and are just days away to publicly releasing them.
I think, and others think that the amount of Discord Bots being created will decline rapidly as people lose motivation, so please bring the badge, AT LEAST until October 7th or for a few more weeks, as I know that Discord are trying to increase their community engagement, but this is a BAD move - you've been doing it well and giving us deadlines and telling us when things are happening such as the 2nd October, but we needed a date or warning about this as there are still many willing developers working hard out there who have missed out due to this unfortunate change.
All I, and members of the Discord Developers and the Bot Developing community on Discord ask for is to turnaround this change, and give us some warning - maybe a few weeks or until October 7th, and a little warning and transparency would be nice in the future.