Jan. 21st, 2017

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So, for those who haven’t heard of it, Discord is a gamer-centric “replacement” for Skype and TeamSpeak, with both text and voice chat (though no video calls). A lot of people have started using it almost exclusively.

Personally, I haven’t been all too impressed with it, but as of late, it’s become a pain in my shiny tail. Between crashes that’ve forced me to reboot, to having games lose frames just from having Discord running at the time, to losing enitre multi-paragraph posts because Discord wipes the UI if you disconnect!

Yeah, something lost to a lot of people is that, for the desktop release, Discord is effectively a poorly-coded web app that’s been plopped into a Chromium/Electron instance. If you’re disconnected for any reason, it fully wipes the UI and replaces it with the initial “connecting” loader. That’s not even a beginner’s mistake. Beginners working with desktop apps don’t make those types of anti-user mistakes.

On top of this, there’s no local logging of text conversations, so if they lose your logs, you’re fucked. Better hope you manually copy/pasted what you wrote. Even Skype, a product they keep saying is inferior to their own, offers this courtesy. Skype also doesn’t wipe the UI if you suddenly go offline, and instead allows you to re-send once you’re reconnected.

Oh! And I should also add that it took them more than a year to implement the basic ability to set your presence status in Discord, and they seemed to rather shortly after my mate Calyo complained about it on Twitter. Before then, you were either online, set to idle if you left your system for a bit, or offline if you didn’t have the app launched. Skype, TeamSpeak, IRC, XMPP, AIM, YIM, etc… all allow you to at least set yourself as “AFK/Away” manually, with others allowing for Do Not Disturb, Invisible, and even other status modes.

Then there’s small things, like being put into text channels whether you want to be there or not, and the inability to leave a channel on a server without admins actively removing you from it. They add up pretty damn fast.

With all of the problems I and my mate Sildrae have been having, I really don’t like using Discord. It’s been a nightmare for me, and the instability it causes to all of my machines is far worse than anything Skype’s caused for me.

Of course, I can’t just abandon it. A lot of friends use it, some of them exclusively so. I don’t know what to do at this point, though.

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