That may or may not be the reason Bryan Fuller wanted to set DSC in that time-frame but it's exactly why that setting was approved by those who Bryan Fuller reported to. And seeing fan-films convinced me "No! Please don't make it look like TOS!" It's just one of those things I had to see, to know that's not what I think they should do. It absolutely was their prerogative. And I was in no rush to see the TNG Era again, so I was okay with it. Then came PIC a few years later, and then I realized I did want to see the TNG Era again after all. Shows what I knew... DSC was created in a different time -- even though it was only five years ago -- and I think we were all in a different mental place. The studio was, I certainly was, and so were a lot of other people. So you have to look at it in the context of the time and, at the time, people still thought the 24th Century was toxic. Yes, Nemesis left that bad of a sting, that it took almost two decades to get over. But DSC is in the 32nd Century to stay and it doesn't matter anymore because it's water under the bridge. SNW looks more faithful to the TOS Era and the more I see of SNW, the less and less interested in it I become. But different strokes for different folks. I don't care much for Lower Decks either. But I'm happy with DSC and PIC, and other people can be happy SNW and/or LD. I really have no interest in seeing the 23rd Century again. Like I've said before: When DSC left the 23rd Century, so did I in a sense.