Why does my discord bot not work?

Trying to build the discord bot from here Code a Discord Bot with Python - Host for Free in the Cloud - YouTube

My discord bot causes error when I try to add new encouragements $new

I’ve narrowed it down to the fact that when I run $new and it calls update rather than creating db[“encouragements”] as a list it creates it as ObservedList(value=[‘nice’])
Which behaves badly with list concatenation.

I cannot understand why this happens and why it does not happen with the similar code here https://replit.com/@BeauCarnes/Encourage-Bot

import discord
import os
import requests
import json
import random
from replit import db

client = discord.Client()
my_secret = os.environ['TOKEN']

sad_words = ["sad", "depressed", "unhappy", "angry", "miserable", "depressing"]

starter_encouragements = ["Cheer up!", "Hang in there.", "You are a great person / bot!"]

if "responding" not in db.keys():
  db["responding"] = True

def get_quote():
  response = requests.get("https://zenquotes.io/api/random")
  json_data = json.loads(response.text)
  quote = json_data[0]['q'] + " -" + json_data[0]['a']
  return quote

def update_encouragements(encouraging_message):
  if "encouragements" in db.keys():
    encouragements = db["encouragemments"]
    db["encouragements"] = encouragements
    db["encouragements"] = [encouraging_message]

def delete_encouragement(index):
  encouragements = db["encouragements"]
  if len(encouragements) > index:
    del encouragements[index]
  db["encouragements"] = encouragements

async def on_ready():
  print('We have logged in as {0.user}'.format(client))

async def on_message(message):  
  if message.author ==  client.user:


  if message.content.startswith('$inspire'):
    quote= get_quote()
    await message.channel.send(quote)

  if db["responding"]:

    options = starter_encouragements
    if "encouragements"  in db.keys():
      options = options + db["encouragements"]
    if any(word in msg for word in sad_words):
      await message.channel.send(random.choice(starter_encouragements))

  if msg.startswith("$new"):
    encouraging_message = msg.split("$new ",1)[1]
    await message.channel.send("New encouraging message added.")

  if msg.startswith("$del"):
    encouragements = []
    if "encouragements" in db.keys():
      index = int(msg.split("$del",1)[1])
      encouragements = db["encouragements"]
    await message.channel.send(encouragements)

  if msg.startswith("$list"):
    encouragements = []
    if "encouragements" in db.keys():
      encouragements = db["encouragements"]
    await message.channel.send(encouragements)

  if msg.startswith("$responding"):
    value = msg.split("$responding ",1)

    if value.lower() =="true":
      db["responding"] = True
      await message.channel.send("Responding is on.")
      db["responding"] = False
      await message.channel.send("Responding is off.")

  if message.content.startswith('$hello'):
    await message.channel.send('Hello!')


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