According to Wikipedia, Discord is an American VoIP, instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called "servers." Servers are a collection of persistent chat rooms and voice chat channels.

Initially a place for gamers to meet, chat and share, Discord has grown to over 100 million users and its communities now include everything from book clubs, dance classes, study groups, anime, music, and more.  

Discord has had problems with toxic content, harassment, human trafficking, and other online crimes.

Discord does collect a lot of data on its users and says it can share that data with third-parties (as does Facebook). 

The Mozilla Foundation has this to say about Discord:

Likely the biggest problem with Discord is its history of toxic communities, harassment, and predators. Getting sucked into alt-right hatred, accidentally stumbling across a porn ring, or getting harrassed by misogynistic gamers are all real concerns for people on Discord who aren't careful.

But, the reality is that encountering misogynistic folks is a problem with all social media...

My own guideline for checking out an online community:

  • Does it have an audience I might want to reach?
  • Might there be communities there that are focused on the areas I'm most interested in? (volunteerism, nonprofits, etc.)

Are any of you using Discord as a part of your work or volunteering at a nonprofit or library?

Some nonprofit-related communities there:

Make a Wish

ExtraLife4Kids

St. Jude Play Live

A Stage Reborn

Anime for Humanity

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

 

About a year ago, a group on Discord was created where people meet weekly to read plays by Shakespeare. They call themselves the Remote Repertory Shakespeare Company.

A recent post to Reddit says

Hello Everybody,
Last week we had a wonderful time welcoming some new actors and listeners as we read Much Ado About Nothing. This week we are concluding the Henriad with the glory of Agincourt in Henry V. As before everyone is welcome. If you would like to read a part please comment below. Join the Discord linked here. We will be reading on Sunday January 17 at 11 AM CT.

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