I haven’t returned to this topic, because, well, spending time gearing and felt like enough people just assumed I was some company spy that I didn’t think this topic would have any meaningful conversation. Seems like there there’s at least a little discussion points to be had.
Discord politics? Eh it’s the standard on this server just like TRP3 is so I’m not going to change unless the wider community is.
If you hadn’t heard about the new EULA Discord released in February, they basically stated that they are now going to begin actively monitoring all chats for their definition of hate speech.
A big reason I’m concerned about this is I was personally affected by this on my Discord Server. On Jan 5th, a wave of servers and accounts were banned because of fears over discussion of the Jan 6th “Riots” or “Insurrection” or whatever the nomenclature you prefer. Every single person on my server was banned from Discord. We didn’t use our discord server to organize politically but many on the server had discussions on the server why the government was taking such crazy actions related to this event yet various riots around the country that did factually raise to the level of riots didn’t have similar.
My goal herein isn’t really to get into a debate over these politics but to let people know that Discord WILL ban you for “wrong think” and it doesn’t matter how private your server. In our case, only trusted members of that community had access to those channels who actively liked discussing politics and sociological impacts of government. It wasn’t some extremist group and there were certainly people who weighed in both sides of the coin. That didn’t matter to Discord, they banned every account on that server and hundreds of other servers that day.
While I’m not on a crusade to inform people what’s going on here, I do want to make it known.
No one is going to change, would need a major shift. And Roblox isn’t it.
Thats why I’ve decided to talk about this on the Server Forums and not the General Forums.
I have no expectations that the wider WoW Community will have interest in dipping their toes in, but I figured some GMs around our server might at least consider giving it a look and seeing if they like what Guilded is offering.
After having used Guilded now for most of this year, I think its a superior product with completely different focuses from Discord. Discord is pulling a sort of bait and switching whereby they are focusing on gimmicks to keep people using their servers while I feel like Guilded is giving truly rich features.
Sadly, the scope I think everyone has to look at these days isn’t just the product but the people behind the product. In these cases, Guilded has both going for them IMHO.
I’m a little terrified of the over reach of “right think” of discord. Guilded has vowed to remain politically neutral and they have the history to prove it with no intentions on spinning Guilded off to be its own thing.
Sorry for the book.