Discord has Announced a series of enhancements that will expand the range of functions available to people who use the program. This chat and voice application has seen a huge increase in the number of users since the pandemic chained us all to our computers at home last year.
One of the great new features, the stage channels, should help give Discord a bit more order. If you are hosting an event where a few people will be speaking to an audience, then this is ideal for you. It is possible to conduct a question and answer session in this format, which gives viewers an opportunity to speak, but generally leaves them quiet to listen.
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Along with the scenario channels, there is also a new discovery feature for community scenarios. These can show what is happening around the world, even on servers that you are not a member of. There are also plans to offer monetization for this feature, so you might be able to host your own version of TED Talks in no time. Discord says this feature is currently in testing and there is no formal release date.
The stage functionality requires that you enable “community” mode on your server. This is reversible so you won’t get stuck using it if it doesn’t work for you. You can find the option by selecting the server settings and then the community. The stage features work on all platforms, including the Discord web browser program.
Discord will also tackle the thorny topic of discussion threads. These are getting a major overhaul, which is good news. The current options for replying to people in a thread are a bit clunky, although much better than they used to be. There isn’t much information on what threads will eventually look like, but hopefully they are a good way to manage those little chats that take place within a channel, but may not be entirely on topic.
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