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Acorn Discord group?

Post by trixster » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:35 am

Is anyone interested in an Acorn Discord group? I frequent a few other groups (mainly the RMC one and the Amiga one) and they seem to work really well.

Any interest if one were to be created?
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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by hoglet » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:52 am

For the people who aren't familiar with Discord, would you mind saying a few words about what it is?

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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by trixster » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:28 am

Think of it as modern IRC. I'm guessing most use a smart phone to access it but you can run it in a browser too. Connect to the server and live chat to other users exactly like IRC. A server can be split into various rooms (hardware, software, general discussion etc), users can upload photos and videos etc.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discord_(software)
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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by guesser » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:51 am

The best thing to do is just start one and spam the links and a little explainer everywhere interested people already congregate. It'll either take off or it won't.

That's what I did with the Teletext Discord and its slowly growing a small community. (I initially did the same, wasting a few weeks asking people if we should have one rather than just getting on and doing it)
"Build it and they will come" as it were... Or they won't, but it didn't cost anything to try :)
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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by guesser » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:55 am

I would note that the website strongly steers you towards installing a standalone application when you visit on PC. The link to use in a browser is somewhat hidden, but it works absolutely fine and I don't use the bloaty desktop app at all. Web version has text and voice chat both of which work fine, it's just missing video and screen sharing which I don't care about anyway :)
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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by SteveBagley » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:25 pm

trixster wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:28 am
Think of it as modern IRC.
What's wrong with just using IRC (or XMPP for that matter)?

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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by guesser » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:42 pm

Getting "normal" people to install a client and use it mostly. :(
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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by davidb » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:04 pm

Freenode has a web-based client for its IRC services.

All the fancy new-fangled, web-first chat applications (both proprietary and open) are really heavy on the browser. Even the standalone desktop applications are often just web "runtimes" rolled up into massive bundles of libraries and application code. :(

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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by Elminster » Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:47 pm

Not used Discord. Have used MS Teams and Slack, or not really. I find they are quite useful for doing something in the now, e.g. like chatting about ABUG event, but tend to drain time otherwise.

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Re: Acorn Discord group?

Post by sydney » Fri Sep 20, 2019 4:20 pm

I'd say just go for it. What do you have to lose.
I'd never heard of discord but I've just installed it on my phone so will probably join.

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