Why is Discord so popular?

Submitted by tnstaec in Tech

I get why it would be popular for gamers, since that was who it was made for. But I don't see why it has taken off with more general users. I'm not sure whether I might want to use it, other than its large user base.


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dowodenum wrote (edited )

A couple things I don't like about it that I don't know how people can stand:

Sure there exists custom CSS to hide these, but you have to install BetterDiscord or use the web app, both which have their own downsides. The dev team acknowledges that enough users want it, but refuse to add it on the grounds that it'll remove context and chat won't make sense.

Ignoring someone has done that to context since IRC days. It's a tradeoff, sometimes very much worth it given the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.


AudibleAnarchist wrote

It's easy to use unlike Slack, it has better voice chat than Skype, a lot of young people already use it because of games. It's free. There are other reasons probably but this is mostly it.


shanoxilt wrote

Because it is quick, easy, and you can make servers on the fly.

All the FLOSS programs I find online are buggy as shit, look like garbage, and are made by losers with no people skills.


boringskip wrote

Yeah like, wtf? What programs have what losers? They all seem super cool to me, and I was hassling people into this shit before the MSM started noticing it was creepy. Last I checked, people skills weren't needed for good code. I have experience as a User Advocate for I2P way back in the day.


dele_ted wrote

All the FLOSS programs I find online are buggy as shit, look like garbage

That's simply not true. While it may be true that proprietary software often looks cleaner because the big coporations can afford to hire more developers, it is not by any means fact.

Examples of FOSS and Open Source alternatives to Discord (depending on what you use it for) that works well, just the ones i can think of off the top of my head: Signal, Wire, Matrix and Riot

and are made by losers with no people skills

What does this have to do with anything..?


malifica wrote

Signal: Requires mobile tie-in, no thank you.

Wire: Groups are rudimentary. Like seriously you can’t even set group icons.

Riot: Desktop version makes me want to gauge my eyes out. Buggy as fuck. Stupid latent too.

Since you mentioned Matrix, Nheko is nice. No crypto but still better than Discord privacy-wise since you choose your server.

Truly good crypto offerings for group/team comms is limited.

OMEMO is great if you have a bit of patience. But group management doesn’t seem very advanced either? (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Keybase chat is nice and has identity-stuff and Git integrated. But no VC, which is fine I guess since you can just have a separate Mumble server. IRC servers manage :3

At some point I’d rather just self-host something like Rocket.Chat. But yeah, there’s not as many “duh!” replacements as it looks.


naveen wrote

Sorry but i don't understand why you compare Discord with Signal, Wire etc. Isn't Discord more like slack, in the sense that the UI is the same ( channels). Wire and Signal compare better with WhatsApp, no?


dele_ted wrote

That's why i said "depending on what you use it for" in parantheses. I personally use Discord only for direct communication and group chats, which Wire can replace.


boringskip wrote

Like I'm constantly trying to sucker more people into Matrix, even on discord and shit


shanoxilt wrote

Matrix is as slow as molasses. I only put up with it to talk to Raddlers.