There are a lot of people who don't understand or even hate the idea of closed species. This journal should bring you closer to my view of closed species and why certain things are handled the way they are.
Maybe you just had the wrong image of "closed" species?
However, these are just my personal experiences and opinions, they don't apply to everyone and are surely not flawless. I really took my time to think this through, so that I won't have to explain myself over and over again. Also, English is my 3rd language so excuse me for any grammar, spelling or wording mistakes.
There is a summarized / TL;DR version, just scroll down.
For people who are completely new to this: Please just do a tiny bit of research and you'll know what it is about or don't bother reading it lol.
HOW TO MAKE A CLOSED SPECIES
Step 1: Don't make closed features.
Just because your species has long claws, that doesn't mean everyone else who has OCs with