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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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Michael‭ wrote 2 months ago

Is this a "why" question, or is this a "Let's change it" attempt? You seem to be asking both things, which is awkward: Someone who can answer the "why" probably isn't excited about moving, and someone who would like to move or IRC or Matrix probably doesn't know why Discord was chosen.

matthewsnyder‭ wrote 2 months ago

Good point! I think I got confused while typing the last part. I meant to ask "why".

I would love to see it changed, but it would be pointless to try to convince people to change it without understanding why they made the decision in the first place.

Michael‭ wrote 2 months ago

…without understanding why they made the decision in the first place.

Chesterton's Fence. Very good!