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Why discord and not IRC?

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Seems like the main option for real time chat related to Codidact is Discord.

Were there any other alternatives considered? Why was Discord chosen?

There are older, more established options for real time chat like IRC. In my experience, a lot of people object to Discord on principle. I believe the main issues are:

  • It's not a privacy friendly company
  • The UX of Discord is poor
  • It is very proprietary so it's hard to use custom clients

Many other alternatives, like IRC and Matrix chat do not have these problems. Is there a reason why the Codidact chat was not set up on something like that? For example, why not just use a room on Rizon?

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Discord is borderline spyware (2 comments)
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Discord is borderline spyware
Lundin‭ wrote 2 months ago

An application which repeatedly scans your HD for what programs you have installed/running and then sends that information to unknown places on the Internet for unknown reasons without your clear consent has to be categorized as spyware/malware. I won't use it out of principle indeed.

Fortunately, Discord is available as website, so you don't have to install any binaries from them. I access Discord regularly in Firefox on two machines. Unfortunately, it wouldn't work in Tor. I will of course never install any native applications from the Discord company.