Discord announces internet forums for old-school posts

Discord has become a primary social hub for the internet, serving as a host for user-created channels on everything from video game lore theory to Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. The client will expand to include forums for more structured and organized conversations, according to an announcement posted on Discord’s official blog on Wednesday.

There are still forums all over the internet, hosted on platforms like Vanilla or vBulletin, but their popularity has declined over the years. Discord’s take on the forums is interesting; it allows users to create forums in their existing Discord channels. These forums allow users to create individual and distinct topics that remain visible to the public. It looks like a significant extension to Discord’s existing threads feature, which creates sub-channels that can be designated for specific topics.

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Discord is primarily used for instant messaging in group chats, and communities can quickly become overwhelmed with a flood of small messages. There are existing tools in the client that allow community managers to pin specific messages, create threads, or slow the pace of chat, but they don’t fundamentally change the nature of Discord.

Forums used to be a much more popular online discussion format that has dwindled over time in favor of faster, more robust options. However, they still have a valuable niche in terms of hosting long-term discussions, long and thoughtful debates, and archiving information. It will be interesting to see how Discord communities use this feature; for example, an official Discord game might have FAQs and common topics under one forum, while walkthroughs and guides might go under another.

The feature launches today and is rolling out to Discord servers that have the community flag under server settings enabled.

Harry L. Blanchard