Discord Question

Discussion in 'Ask the White Tower' started by Calla Al'Kean, Jan 5, 2020.

  1. Calla Al'Kean

    Calla Al'Kean Citizen

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    I have a question about the discord channel. Namely...what is Discord? I've heard of the term, mostly in podcasts I listen to, but I have no idea what it is or what it does.

    Can anyone help unmuddy the waters a bit?
     
  2. Kelvin Sinclaer

    Kelvin Sinclaer Aes Sedai

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    Discord is a free chat service. It's simple to set up and use, even on mobile devices.
     
  3. Calla Al'Kean

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    Oh, so that's what it is. Kind of like WhatsApp but more dedicated?
     
  4. Kelvin Sinclaer

    Kelvin Sinclaer Aes Sedai

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    Pretty much. I have minimal experience with WhatsApp but from what I remember they are very similar
     
  5. Kethaana Nia Khamara

    Kethaana Nia Khamara Aes Sedai

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    Discord was more developed for gamers - I think, as an alternative for team speak. So the difference to whatsapp is, that you can have several channels per group with different access rights, plus group voice channels.
    So, it's like whatsapp with more features.
     
  6. Alora Sionn

    Alora Sionn Mama Wolf Gaidin Forum Moderator

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    And while on WhatsApp everyone in a group has your phone number, in discord you only have a username shown
     
  7. Nymala Ingasy

    Nymala Ingasy Glitter Guardian Aes Sedai Director of Mods and Ops Forum Moderator

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    Right now, Discord is an unofficial way for Tower members and friends to communicate. That will change, but you're welcome to give it a try if you want or not as you please. :)
     
  8. Ilverin Matriam

    Ilverin Matriam Aes Sedai Outreach Activities Coordinator Head of the Gray Ajah Historian Tower Gatekeeper

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    Since this thread is titled Discord question, I would like to ask if there is a voice chat planned in our Discord by any chance? :look
     
  9. Mendo Cath

    Mendo Cath Voidbringer Aes Sedai

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    I assume that's part of what's being discussed by the admin teams and why its not as simple as setting up a static single room text channel.

    Its hard to moderate voice chat as once said, there is no way for OP's to review/replay voice chat if they are not present and active in the chat room when something is said.

    In the past we could review our text based chat (IRC) where active OP's can scroll up to reread and we had bots record the chat so it can be reviewed by the Master of Chat and Dir of Mods/Ops as needed.

    I could see the potential for special event rooms being added (and removed when done) with a strict set of rules that must be accepted, active mods for the event, and a set start and stop time for an event. Maybe even a discord role that would have to be added once rules for voice are accepted similar to opting in/out of CE. But even this scenario could be complicated to manage and moderate fairly for both users and staff. Of course there is always the ability to spin up personal / private discords for voice chats but that are not manage by the site staff as is done already today.
     
  10. Naikan Roslan

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    Where is the link to the discord? Can't seem to find it...
     
  11. Elania al'Manir

    Elania al'Manir Aes Sedai Forum Moderator

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    I don't know where it's listed on the forums, but here's an invite link for you: https://discord.gg/VDR6SZU

    (For future people reading this, that link should never expire and should allow an unlimited number of people to join.)