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Discord Server

August 1st, 2017, 10:54 am
shAdowz
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Sorry if this is not in the right thread.

It's been a while since I posted here.

Anyways, recently I have joined a Discord server and I've discovered that in Discord, you can have a very manageable server.
To the mods/admins/heads (I hope you come across this post.), is it possible to have a Discord server for our community? Like a Rainmeter Discord Server?

I think there's lot's of potential for our community if we had one. :thumbup:
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Re: Discord Server

August 1st, 2017, 12:24 pm
jsmorley
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Uhm. Like this?

https://discordapp.com/channels/148103787259756544/148103787259756544

I'm not a big fan myself, as those channels are a bit less "serious" than I find helpful, and a better name might be Discordant in my view, but to each his own. I guess my issue with it is that there seems to be no organization into "threads" where a useful discussion on a single topic can take place. While there are channel topics, which allow for some structure, I see no way that doesn't just hurt my head to follow a single conversation about something. So it is just a firehose of unstructured random "social media" blather, which I can live without...
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Re: Discord Server

August 2nd, 2017, 1:18 pm
NighthawkSLO
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I'm the creator of the discord server and myself and many others prefer it to the irc channel, mainly because of the ability to look through history and a nicer looking client. Currently the server is set up more or less as a "firehose of unstructured random 'social media' blather" because it's mostly ~20 regulars who can't discuss rainmeter 24/7 so we talk and have channels for other stuff. Discussion with the developers is incredibly useful, that's why I will change the structure of the server and make it more serious if you decide to switch, just tell me how you want it structured.
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Re: Discord Server

August 2nd, 2017, 2:05 pm
jsmorley
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NighthawkSLO wrote:I'm the creator of the discord server and myself and many others prefer it to the irc channel, mainly because of the ability to look through history and a nicer looking client. Currently the server is set up more or less as a "firehose of unstructured random 'social media' blather" because it's mostly ~20 regulars who can't discuss rainmeter 24/7 so we talk and have channels for other stuff. Discussion with the developers is incredibly useful, that's why I will change the structure of the server and make it more serious if you decide to switch, just tell me how you want it structured.


Nothing at all wrong with it, there is a place for a "firehose of unstructured random 'social media' blather", and if you have a community of folks coming together in real-time, you would want and expect quite a bit of "getting to know you" and other general conversations.

Just not my cup of tea however. I can't do 24/7 of the firehose, and to be honest I pretty much hate people anyway... ;-)

Several of us developers just stay on IRC 24/7. We mostly use it to discuss development issues, with from time to time someone coming on who has a question about doing something in Rainmeter, which we try our best to answer. Any questions like "What the best Kenshin Himura skin out there?" or "How to I add icons to the Honeycomb widget?" or "Here is an image of my current desktop, what should I add to make it better?" we just ignore until the person goes away.

For more detailed help, we always point people to these forums, where they can post their issue, code they are working with, links, images, etc. and anyone in the community can weigh in with help as and when they have time. It is very "structured", in the sense that there is a "thread" that is about that single discussion. That makes it all very easy to follow, and creates a good permanent reference for future people who have the same issue. I can't imagine at all trying to be helpful in an environment that doesn't have topics and threads.

We find IRC very useful for real-time collaboration between developers, and we are happy to help folks with quick Rainmeter questions or problems. You want a friend who is fascinated by everything you say? Get a dog.

I'm not suggesting you change a thing. A community like that will be self-governing, and if folks enjoy the way it works, good deal. I don't mind jumping on from time to time to see what is going on, but that isn't somewhere I can have open on a second monitor 24/7 like I do IRC. Same reason I don't do Twitter or Facebook. I'm a curmudgeon, and get off my lawn...
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Re: Discord Server

August 2nd, 2017, 2:38 pm
tjhrulz
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While it probably won't change your mind we could do things like set up a channel for just the developers and approved people which may be nicer for you when doing development work since you don't have to worry about being online and having logging turned on so that you know what someone said. And with more people to help others in the discord that is less you have to help with unless you want to.

Also I don't think Nighthawk wants to replace the forums, just the irc.
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Re: Discord Server

August 2nd, 2017, 2:59 pm
jsmorley
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tjhrulz wrote:While it probably won't change your mind we could do things like set up a channel for just the developers and approved people which may be nicer for you when doing development work since you don't have to worry about being online and having logging turned on so that you know what someone said. And with more people to help others in the discord that is less you have to help with unless you want to.

Also I don't think Nighthawk wants to replace the forums, just the irc.


Thanks, but it's not our intention to segregate ourselves off in some private area. Everything we say in IRC is public, and anyone who has an opinion or idea is welcome to weigh in. Every single person who is a "developer" now was just a user with an idea at some point. I pretty much hate people, until and unless they give me a reason not to hate them. That happens more often than you might think.

As I said, I just stay connected to IRC 24/7, with it running in a little window on a second monitor. it blinks at me if someone directly asks "me" a question or has a comment, and other than that I can just glance at it from time to time to see if someone has a question I don't feel like ignoring...

Our IRC isn't very busy, as I grant that it is old technology and not someplace most folks want to just "hang out". People jump on, ask a question, get an answer, and jump off. For most things, the forums are a better bet. You are almost certain to get a helpful answer, even if not "real-time".

Re: Discord Server

August 2nd, 2017, 5:52 pm
Bekarfel
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I'd agree with jsmorley on this. I'm not a developer, or have any more influence than other regular people here, but I wouldn't stay around a place that wasn't focused on the topic. Having a firehose of memes and lulz and ERMAHGERD LEL YUK YUK JOKES (pretty much exactly what "Social Media" means to me) just doesn't interest me.
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Re: Discord Server

August 2nd, 2017, 6:03 pm
jsmorley
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Bekarfel wrote:I'd agree with jsmorley on this. I'm not a developer, or have any more influence than other regular people here, but I wouldn't stay around a place that wasn't focused on the topic. Having a firehose of memes and lulz and ERMAHGERD LEL YUK YUK JOKES (pretty much exactly what "Social Media" means to me) just doesn't interest me.


I do like LOLCats. Can we just do that?

Re: Discord Server

September 28th, 2017, 6:04 am
Wilsock
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Hey people, thanks for your tips here, now i will start discovering the server a little bit later. i never thought that sitting home doing nothing but taking hgh can be anyhow helpful. seemingly it can when you find the right forums.

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