Right. I seem to recall discussing this before, although I can’t immediately put my hands on that thread.
The necessity of the limitation (not the YPT aspect, but rather the specific implementation of limiting DMs) has been somewhat contradicted by folks from other Discourse forums who claim that DM can be limited based on user Group/Level, and youth could (in principle) be assigned to a Group that can neither initiate nor receive DM (except from mods). Since I don’t know how the back-end is set up for the BSA’s forums, it’s unclear whether or not it’s an issue of “other factors prevent using user Level/Group as a viable method of limiting DM” or if the information from the other forums is incorrect altogether. Obviously there must be some way to limit it based on role/Group/Level since mods can initiate DMs and others can respond to those DMs, but not initiate to anyone.
I recognize this is really OT. The only reason I had initially noted that the BSA restricted DMs was so that the OP understood that it wasn’t inability to find the feature, it was that the feature had been intentionally disabled.