Discord’s new stage channels are a great addition to the chat program. Normal Discord audio channels are usually free for everyone where anyone can speak, while in Stage Channels, Editing can easily assign speakers and call audience members for panels and Q&A. It’s like Twitter Spaces — Silicon Valley types love moderated sound rooms right now — and they’re rolling around and getting new features, like Event scheduling. Discord related feature is Not However, Stage Discovery, which publicly shows active Stage channels from across Discord’s massive network.
Discord only explains why Stage Discovery was excluded on October 4.
The company said in Blog post Today. “…We’re going to take some time to rethink the discovery aspect of stages and how we can build a better place that connects people to the communities that are most relevant to them.”
The “relevant to them” part is key, and a look at Stage Discovery makes things clearer. Here are some of the stage channels it’s currently showing me:
- Debate: God does not exist
- Is there more than one gender?
- Speed Dating (anyone can participate) (p. 13)
- Confess your secrets 😳
Based on these samples, it seems pretty clear why Discord has reconsidered showing what’s going on in other people’s servers.
“Thank God it was a useless addition” Reddit user ElP4drino said In response to the news that Stage Discovery has been dropped. “Just filled with every talented show known to man, and a host of questionable discussion topics.”
This was my experience as well, but not everyone is happy to see the feature work. Chris, member of animal rights defender A Discord server that goes to Helleth on the platform tells PC Gamer that Stage Discovery has been “a blessing to connect and talk to people around the world about the issue of animal exploitation and the harms of factory farming.”
The server runs theater channels with provocative headlines like “Pay for Meat Pays for Animal Abuse,” and while this tactic attracts conflict, Chris says it’s “grown the community exponentially.”
“I know it would be sad for those in our community to see this feature take off,” Chris said. “With Covid still in full swing in large parts of the world, this feature has really given us an outlet for activity.”
I hadn’t personally seen anything that could be called an activity on Stage Discovery, and it’s no surprise that what I saw, distasteful or not, was of no interest to me. If you take any teens and guys talking about it in the wilds of 1,000 to 30,000 servers and show it to a Rocket League player in his mid-30s who uses Discord to talk to friends about the weather where they’re in. Direct, you are unlikely to find a good match – and you may create a problem.
When I spoke to Discord about privacy in 2019For the most part, he said, he doesn’t proactively monitor what people are doing in servers. If you and your friends like to have saucy discussions that would go too far for others, Discord agents won’t explode through the door with mod badges unless someone on your server invites them by submitting a report, and even then nothing might happen. If it stays within the walls of your server, you are entitled to moderation with a few exceptions. But with Stage Discovery, communities can present their messages to the public. They’re a useful tool for friendly vegan agitators, but in the worst case scenario, Stage Discovery surfaces may hurt, disgust or irritate people who encounter them. face disagreement past criticism on what is going on in private servers; There may be a tendency to err on the side of caution here.
However, curious about what I was missing out on by not using the soon-to-be Discord feature, I entered Memepalooza2, which sounded like a Stage channel where I was unlikely to hear something I’d regret hearing. The discussion was hard to follow, but it was clearly about getting rich with NFTs. I should have known that was what it would be like.
Putting aside the coding names and obvious technological improvements, Discord continues to remind me of my teenage experiences at Yahoo! Chat rooms in the late nineties and early periods. The only other big difference between the past and the present is that people no longer use “^_^” that often.
in a Share today’s Discord blogYou can read more about the decision to phase out Stage Discovery. The company also briefly mentions some new Discord features on the way, including “more filtering functionality so you can easily and securely get the right members into your community.”
This article has been updated after publication to add another perspective on Stage Discovery.