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After trying it out, Discord is not a suitable replacement for the forums

So I gave Discord a chance (again - used it a little when it first was set up for the community) and came to the conclusion that Discord is not something that fill the void that the forums closing will leave. I would say that one of the main reasons for it's "forum-like" short comings is that Discord conversations are more real time - if you're not online when it's happening, you can't be a part of it.

I'm not sitting on Discord all the time. I'll have some work things, family things, life things, or just things that will keep me from hanging out in the app. When I jump back in (sometimes a few hours later, sometimes a day later), the conversation is usually way off from where it was when I left. If there was something I was engaged in earlier, it's too late to keep that going. People currently chatting may not be interested in that topic and the folks I was in discussion with may not be online either at that time.

On the forums, each thread is its own topic, so I can jump into the one I am interested in or was engaged in and usually continue where things left off. If the people I was "talking" to are not online, they can read up on what I posted the next time they log in. Usually, the conversations in a thread are not all over the place, but on topic (yes, there can be exceptions - that's why I said usually). Imagine if the forum was just one giant thread, that's Discord. (okay okay, a couple other threads for rules, announcements and pet pictures, but those don't really count)

I'm not saying real time chat is bad, it does have its place. One example of this is communication among alliance members. I use LINE with my current alliance. It still does have some of the shortcomings I mentioned above with Discord - it can get pretty chatty. And by pretty chatty, I mean the chat can be a little nutty. But it's not designed to replace a forum (I think a forum would be horrible for an alliance chat BTW); it's great for coordination during alliance missions which is the now. We don't need it to discuss things from last weeks AM or even before that.

Also, I'm not saying that the problems I am running into is limited to the Forged to Fight Discord, I have joined several other servers - some game and some non-game - and it's the same experience. Some of it even worse since there's a lot more activity. On those servers, I pretty much have all the channels muted except for the announcements and news ones. And, uh, I will admit I'm the same here. This is what my sidebar looks like for this server

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(yes, I have the hide muted channels enabled - I turn that off once in a while to check, but usually don't find anything worth engaging in at the time so I turn it back on)

So the $2.37 question, will I stay on Discord? Yes.... and no. Yes, to read the announcements, but no on staying to chat with folks. Nothing against most of the fine folks who are there, but I don't have enough short term attention span to keep up with the chat. I also find a lot of conversations that aren't even related to the game.

Yeah, I'll miss the forums. It was a great place to discuss the game with other players.

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  • Darm0kDarm0k Posts: 2,485

    Okay, an example on how a forum could be more beneficial to a newer player (or even a long time player). Say someone had a question on something so they post it in Discord. However, they have to leave to go back to work, school, or some other life thing, they may miss the responses to their post. They come back a few hours or even a day later, there may be too many posts since theirs to really see the discussion. Sure, they can do a search, but by then it's too far removed if they had follow up questions/posts to the people who responded - and those folks may not even be on at the time.

    If this were a forum thread, it would be a lot easier to read relevant responses and reply to those folks if needed. It would also be easier for those folks to see if they came back to the forums and saw the "new" on that thread.
  • Darm0kDarm0k Posts: 2,485
    Suggestions? I don't know Discord enough to really make meaningful suggestions. I guess if users could create a channel, say, in a users' channel category or something that could act like a thread on a forum. Posts in that channel would just be related to the channel topic. These could be archived and hidden only to show up in search results for reference or something.

    Do I think this could work? Yes and no, but slightly leaning toward no. The sidebar category could get a little too crazy and people could abuse it a little too much even if strict rules were specified for creating a new one. And I wouldn't want a crazy sidebar. Even though I can collapse a category, that would sorta defeat the purpose as I would start ignoring things like I do in global, err, I mean general chat.

    Mods could create more channels to separate the discussions, but those would still be a little too broad and too many. One of the Discord servers I joined at a ton of channels. I ended up muting those. lol

    Still think there could be a few more channels though to separate things out more. At least have an off-topic channel and move non-game related chatter there and keep general for FTF.
  • MegaStrikersMegaStrikers Posts: 264
    edited October 5
    Nothing on the thread is wrong.
  • Couldn't have said it better myself
  • MegaStrikersMegaStrikers Posts: 264
    @Kabam Vydious Read this properly, and please don't close this... Lol. Seriously though, I agree with all the things.
  • Legen10Legen10 Posts: 98
    This tread says many things that are true those categories are living mess, for now i think kabam will ignnore this tread
  • MegaStrikersMegaStrikers Posts: 264
    Legen10 wrote: »
    This tread says many things that are true those categories are living mess, for now i think kabam will ignnore this tread

    It's "thread" and "ignore" XD
  • Legen10Legen10 Posts: 98
    Keyboard glitched i had connection problems
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