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Discord is revolutionizing online conversations with… forums

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Discord, the social messaging service that helped supplant old-fashioned Internet forums, now wants to bring them back. Today, the company announced forum channels, which is exactly what you’d imagine: a dedicated space to have conversations without worrying about a fast chat feed. You’ll find them right under your usual Discord channels. When you create a forum, you can restrict posting permissions and set conversation guidelines. Crucially, they are also compatible with Discord’s AutoMod, which can help clean up discussions. (Moderation has always been the downfall of a poorly managed forum.)


While it’s nice to see the concept return, it’s funny to see Discord explain the concept of forums to younger users. Yes kids, we used to have to furiously refresh web pages to get the latest answer to our Halo lore theories. Discord has often been framed as a throwback to IRC’s messaging blitz, combined with real-time voice chat. So it only makes sense that it’s responsible for helping us relive the glory days of forums.

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