When one hears the word “discord,” one normally thinks of strife, pillaging and rampaging. That’s the exact opposite of what this chat platform provides, but, it comes at a cost. Today I’d like to talk about the freeware(but not free as in BSD or GPL licensed free) Discord. This chat and VOIP application has taken the gaming world by storm. It’s used most prominently by twitch streamers in order to build a community. Now, what does this all entail and what do you gain and lose by using such an application? Let’s find out!
——–MONOPOLIZING THE AIR———-
When I first heard about Discord, I was wary of such an application. I thought, well, aren’t there other free(Not necessarily open source) VoIP alternatives already, such as Skype, Mumble and Teamspeak? Yeah, there was, but for some reason they never took off like Discord has. Discord has a record number of people using it, and more people are signing up everyday. The one thing Discord does right compared to those applications though is that it makes it easy. So easy in fact that I use it myself. All you have to do is make a username, password and give an email to verify your account, and voila, you’re in! Simple, right? But when you’re on Discord for the first time, everything is empty. There’s no friends to call your own, and no chat areas to roam. So you have to search by email for a friend, and hopefully you have some who have also joined. Then there’s the chatroom aspect. To join a chatroom, you have to input a special code. I believe this is for privacy reasons and also security. Each code for each chatroom is different, so it’s “easy” to join others. You can also be invited to a chatroom by any other user. Finally, you can also create your chatroom and put such and such security and privacy settings on it as well. All these together made Discord a powerful application, and the fact that it works on your phone and tablet makes it a huge threat to other existing solutions.
——–THE PRICE IS RIGHT(OR WRONG?)—–
Now, lately I’ve been hearing stories of abuse by Discord’s so-called Hype Team, the people who are “prime movers” in the Discord world. I don’t know how true they are, but it’s made me seem really wary of it. I won’t go on about it until I obtain more facts about it. What I will go on about is this however, the license. The freeware license has it to where they totally own everything and nothing you say can mean anything. This is why I prefer open protocols such as IRC, and many others developed throughout the years. These open protocols are still in use today and will be for the foreseeable future of the internet. I can’t say the same, however, for Discord. Without it being free and open, it’s eventually doomed to be lost in obscurity, along with other proprietary protocols in the past.
——-WORDS LOST IN THE RAIN———–
We have come to our conclusion, and I might have a part 2 where I discuss with several discord users and users of open protocols why they choose to use one over the other, or even both. I will also discuss the future of VoIP and chat applications. So, dear reader, tell me what you think the future of Discord is, whether you use it and what you use it for. Thanks and see you next time!