There are also some bad ones, namely gatekeeping: Instead of allowing in everyone who qualifies on some absolute scale, many professions only allow in a certain number of new entrants in order to do things like keep pay high.
Similarly, some professions require a certain amount of education not because the profession…
Not legally, if you want to offer what you’re cooking for sale to the general public.
And no, you’re not going to convince health and safety regulators that an app just happened to match individuals with shared interests to work out a private exchange, especially when the app is publishing listings and taking a cut of sales.
This is absolutely not the case. A Cocoa application on macOS distributed via the Mac App Store is exactly this, and the AppKit framework is the design inspiration for the UIKit framework on iOS and tvOS and very easy for developers familiar with UIKit to come up to speed on.
Just because you didn’t see it at the time doesn’t mean this was actually the case. SELinux and various equivalent efforts for other Unix systems were in progress, as was Apple’s OS transition to Mac OS X, which started with the standard Unix security model and systematically added in a lot of layered security features including signing and sand boxing.
I strongly suspect that there’s a lot of cultural baggage to this. The United States has a peculiar affliction called the “Protestant work ethic” that seems to strongly over-identify individuals with the specifics of their employment (“What do you do?” “I’m a ___”) and make moral judgments about them as a result: “Doing nothing” is a moral failure…
Even, it turns out, some of the other victims of the exact kind of bullying you cite may do so. Thank you for having the courage to share this regardless, and please know that you’re not alone in any of this, and that it wasn’t your imagination: It really was as bad as it seemed.
This is an entirely bullshit argument because legal systems simply don’t allow anyone to opt out entirely.
Even in the United States, where companies are obsessed with pushing mandatory binding arbitration into as many contracts as possible, there are limits.