Announcing Our Discord Basics Course!

Uncategorized Jan 16, 2019

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We at Discover Discord are happy to announce our first course about Discord! We’re starting with the basics, for brand new users of the app. Our free Discord basics course will only take about 30 minutes total, and it aims to teach all about how to get set up, join your first server, and start talking to people. Learn the right settings and tools to have the best experience possible. Everything is more enjoyable when you feel like you can understand it, and this course will give you that knowledge.

If you’re a server manager, this course is for you too! While you may already be an expert at Discord, you probably don’t love answering questions about how Discord works, from new members. Instead, you can link to this free course in your welcome channel, offering your new members a way to instantly be introduced to how Discord works. A lot of people may download Discord just because a friend told them to join your server. While Discord...

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How Discord Got So Big

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

By the most recent report, Discord had around 90 million users at the end of 2017. They have become a major player in the group communications field, especially within gaming and other special interests. But the company was not always so successful. For all of those who have wanted to know where Discord came from and how they got so big, you can find out here!

Before Discord

Discord wasn't the first stab at a successful business that current CEO Jason Citron had. His first notable business was Aurora Feint, the company behind OpenFeint. OpenFeint was a social platform for mobile gaming, and was named after a game developed by the company. The platform was first released in 2009, and at one point in 2010, there were 900 applications in the App Store that used it. In 2011, Japanese company GREE, Inc. purchased the company, but soon OpenFeint was plagued by lawsuits. While the lawsuits were dismissed eventually, GREE discontinued the service and decided to use their own similar...

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Discord Streamer Mode - Maximize Livestreams with Discord

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few years, you are well aware that streaming is extremely popular. But how do you maximize your streaming experience with Discord? With streamer mode and app integrations, that's how! Discord is a powerful text and voice chat service based around private servers. Between keeping your sensitive information secure and your streaming community engaged, you can really use Discord's built-in features to make a great stream for your fans.

What is Streamer Mode?

Streamer mode with Discord is designed with your safety in mind. Nothing is worse than streaming to thousands of people only to have sensitive information pop up from your Discord app. Streamer mode has a simple on/off toggle in the User Settings. You can even assign a key to toggle it. If you are worried about forgetting and don't want to have to think about it, you can choose to have streamer mode turn on and off automatically if you are using XSplit or OBS. Turns out Discord is...

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Using Discord for Business Communications

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

If you have an office job, you probably use Skype for Business or Slack. But have you ever thought about using Discord for business? This is not the intended use, but people are so in love with the platform that they are starting to find ways to do so.

Barriers to Entry

What is stopping companies from using Discord for business? Everything about the platform seems to work just as well as other options, but there are a few caveats. The first roadblock is that Discord is associated with gaming. Business leaders may not be the most excited about using a service made for gaming and don't want anything to do with the field. The overall look of Discord is obviously aimed at gamers as well and would have to be changed. Some users pushing for a Discord for business platform have suggested a separately marketed tool that has many of the same customization features. Another concern is that some companies prefer to self-host their chat servers, which Discord does not allow. Discord users have...

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How Developers Connect with Players on Discord

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

Discord is great for so many things, but we usually think of it in relation to just talking to friends. However, many game companies have decided to connect with players on Discord to better engage with them. In this article, we'll be looking at a few of the games that utilize Discord servers to benefit players of the game.

Planetoid Pioneers

We actually have an interview for our first game, Planetoid Pioneers. This is a "physics-driven Metroidvania-like" game that offers funny physics-based exploration. The developer of the game was kind enough to tell us about how their team uses Discord to connect with players directly.

DD: Why did you decide to make a Discord server for your game? What were you hoping to get out of it?

PP: We actually started out with a Slack server in which we started creating a community there. Then decided to transition to Discord because it was an IRC which was more focused on gaming communities instead of the business style of Slack. We love how simple...

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How to Use Discord as an Entertainer

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

If you're a Twitch or YouTube streamer, or perhaps are an artist or cosplayer, you most certainly have a community. With Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to keep up with, it may seem like there is way too much to do to manage your community. However, Discord is the number one place to host a community and foster healthy conversation among members. In this article, you'll learn all about how to use Discord as an entertainer, so you can engage with fans with ease!

Setting Up Your Server

Before you get your community up and running, you need to set up Discord. Luckily, doing this is ridiculously easy. Make sure you pick a recognizable name and logo, and set up the proper channels. There are some channels that every server should have, as well as plenty of others that will depend on your niche. Make sure that you have channels dedicated to things like rules and announcements, as well as some specific channels for posting new content and allowing fans to discuss your work. It...

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Preparing Your Discord Server for Promotion

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

If you are part of a Discord server, you know that the goal is to get members. You want all the channels to be filled with relevant conversation and new friendships being made. A natural choice is to engage in some promotional strategies. By adding your server on Discord Me, you could potentially open the floodgates of new members. By regularly upvoting your server or by joining our legion of premium members, you can quickly find your server on the front page of Discord.me. You need to make sure that you do more than the initial server setup before something like this. If you're not ready, a sudden influx of new members can overwhelm your resources and your server could eat itself from the inside. Here are the best ways you can prepare your server before promoting it.

Set Up the Proper Channels

When you just have a few members, it's easy to welcome and orient each of them individually. But when you have dozens of people coming in every day, it can quickly become an impossible task....

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The Dark Reality of Invite for Money Servers

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

Like any online space, Discord has communities that exist to exploit unsuspecting users. It's not the fault of the platform - it's hard to police every single suspicious activity. But it is the harsh reality of the internet. Today we will specifically be talking about invite for money servers that say that they will pay you to invite more users.

The Invite for Money Scam

There are servers on Discord that exist purely to grow. Obviously every server wants to grow. But some decide that the best way to expand their community is to throw money at the problem. This is where the scam begins.

A server will offer you money if you invite enough people to the server. This creates an incentive for you to adopt spammy behavior, so that you can send more invites. It is against the terms of service to invite random people via direct message, if they did not ask for an invite. So, this practice breaks the rules, but not explicitly. This means that many servers end up getting around this by having...

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The Discord Channels Your Server Needs

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

If you use Discord, you should definitely be setting up custom Discord channels! These give your members room to talk about anything they want. In this guide, we'll take a look at the best channels you can set up in order to make your server function to the best of its ability.

The General Channel

By default, Discord give your server a channel called General for both text and voice. This is a good place for people to just talk about whatever they want, and is a good place to start for newer servers. After the server grows, you may want to make subchannels for this. These could include an Off-Topic channel, a Memes channel, and other things like that, where people can just hang out and chat about nothing.

The Information Channel

Perhaps the most important of all the Discord channels is the Information channel, and all additional subchannels that could spawn from it. This is where you would post the server's rules and guidelines, and any important announcements. You can even customize...

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Keeping Your Discord Notifications Under Control

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2018

You get enough notifications between your phone and your computer. Do you really care about every single message from Discord? Probably not. Luckily, Discord has some very customizable notification settings. Let's dive into how to control your Discord notifications!

Individual Server Notifications

You could get a lot of servers accrued in your Discord app, and some you may care about more than others. If only you could control your notifications differently with each one. Well, you can! Just right-click on the server icon for whatever server you want to edit, then click Notification Settings.

Muting Servers Entirely

You can start by muting a server completely, which will silence all unread indicators and further notifications except for direct mentions. This is if you really don't want to receive anything except the most pertinent alerts. You don't even need to open the notifications settings. One of the options when right-clicking on a server icon is to just mute the entire...

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