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  1. Unlock the secrets of thriving online communities as we traverse the evolving digital landscape, contrasting the enduring value of forums with the dynamic nature of Discord. Discover why forums like SMF remain essential archives of knowledge, while Discord's fleeting conversations risk losing decades of community wisdom. We delve into the RuneScape community's shift from forums to Discord, probing the broader implications of such a move on content preservation and accessibility. Moreover, we dissect the intricacies of various forum software, evaluating their design and functionality to reveal how each shapes the user experience and community engagement. Journey with us through the nostalgic pathways of internet forums and their transformation over time, guided by the steadfast dedication of volunteer developers. We scrutinize popular platforms such as MyBB, SMF, Discourse, and Invision Community, each with its unique fingerprint on the web. The discussion further illuminates the latest updates to phpBB, the accessibility of one-click installs, and the challenges of theme installation, all while comparing the communal support structures that underpin these platforms. Our conversation extends to modern forum systems like Discourse and Flarum, spotlighting their integrations with blogging platforms and the allure of customizable themes and plugins. In our pursuit of the cutting edge, we examine the premium offerings of ZenForo and Envision Community, which boast media galleries, resource management, and a hybrid posting model. Sharing personal experiences with these paid software solutions, we highlight their frequent updates and integrated services such as e-commerce and custom CMS. As we wrap up, we cordially invite you to partake in the live recording of our next episode, where your insights will enrich the narrative. Catch the continued dialogue on your preferred podcast platform or YouTube, and join us as we navigate the fascinating world of online forums and community-building.
  2. Ever had that sinking feeling, like you're wading knee-deep through a murky, digital quagmire each time you try to find your way around your Discord server? Let’s be real, we’ve all been there. Picture this: your server, which is ostensibly the epicenter of your thriving online community, can quickly morph into something resembling an unruly flea market, brimming with odds and ends at every corner if left unchecked. It's a common plight, and one not for the faint of heart. But hold fast, intrepid organizers and digital denizens! The time has come to arm ourselves with the proverbial cyber mop and pail, for we have a mission of tidiness to embark upon. We’re about to roll up our digital sleeves and embark on a grand quest of cleanliness and order, transforming our beloved Discord from a chaotic free-for-all into a bastion of zen-like organization. So rally the troops and gather ‘round! Whether you’re a seasoned server sage or a sprightly newcomer thirsting for knowledge, this venture is bound to be as enlightening as it is necessary. Stay tuned, because we’re about to plunge headfirst into the nitty-gritty of decluttering and fine-tuning our virtual community space. Who's ready to turn that cluttered maze of a Discord server into a streamlined haven of clarity? Let’s do this! Taking Stock: The Virtual Inventory Check Before you dive headfirst into discarding those old message threads with unchecked abandon, pause for a moment of reflection. Consider what's truly at the root of this digital disarray. What are the culprits behind the clutter? Methodically sift through and identify the channels that have either turned into deserted wastelands, echoing with the ghosts of conversations past or have been inadvertently transformed into chaotic repositories for content that doesn't align with their intended purpose. Approach this digital cleanup as if you were channeling Marie Kondo in the realm of cyberspace—evaluate each channel with a discerning eye. Does every channel elicit a sense of joy, or do they contribute to your virtual zen? If scrolling through a particular channel doesn't uplift your spirits or serve a functional role, then it might very well be time for these digital spaces to embark on the journey down the information superhighway towards obsolescence. As you consider each channel's fate, think about the last time it added value to your digital life. Has it become merely a repository for stale memes and outdated announcements? Or perhaps it exists now only as a silent reminder of projects long completed or teams since disbanded. If a channel is no longer relevant to your current workflows and fails to bring a positive impact on your online experience, giving it the boot may just be the necessary step to reclaim your digital clarity and focus. Embrace the mindset of Marie Kondo when she gently questions whether the items under scrutiny spark joy. Apply that same principle to your digital environment. It's not just about being ruthless in purging the unnecessary; it's about curating an online space that resonates with efficiency, relevance, and yes, joy. So, as you undertake this virtual tidying-up exercise, let go of the digital deadwood and make room for communication channels that matter—the ones that facilitate seamless collaboration and genuine connections in this vast, ever-expanding digital universe. Categorize to Organize: Channeling Your Inner Librarian Just as a meticulously arranged bookshelf is not only visually appealing but also immensely functional, the act of categorizing your channels similarly can work wonders. Imagine the ease with which you could find that one particular novel on a well-ordered bookshelf; this is the convenience you bring to your community when you group related topics. It's all about clarity and accessibility. To start, set up clear labels that are self-explanatory – these will serve as signposts guiding members through the various discussions and resources. Consider a 'General Chit-Chat' section as the gathering spot; it's the equivalent of the cozy corner in a bookstore where people exchange banter over the latest bestsellers or life’s trivial anecdotes. This area allows for building rapport and camaraderie among members. Next, you might designate a 'Creative Brainstorms' corner. It's akin to that part of the library filled with an aura of inspiration, where ideas bounce like photons, lighting up with possibilities. Here, members collaborate, pitch wild ideas, and incubate projects – fostering a hotbed of creativity and innovation. And why not establish a 'Hall of Fame'? Think of it as that prestigious row of shelves showcasing award-winning literature and critically acclaimed masterpieces. This space can be reserved for top-notch community content, where exceptional contributions are celebrated and put on display for all to admire and aspire to. By assigning everyone their little plot in the metaphorical community garden, you allow each segment to flourish. It's much like how a gardener would carefully cultivate different plants in their respective conditions; some require more shade, others need direct sunlight, but all are tended to with care. By organizing your community in such a thoughtful manner, not only do you instill order, but you also empower the growth and blooming of ideas and relationships. Role Call: Assigning Permissions with Precision Roles within any community or organization are much more than mere labels; they are, in essence, the very mechanisms by which you can exercise control and maintain order. These roles, when carefully adjusted and assigned with precise permissions, enable you to delineate clear responsibilities and boundaries. Think of it as tending to a garden—a place that requires constant care and attention. Each person in your community might have a different task, akin to having their own set of gardening tools. For instance, those who hold the role of moderators could be seen as gardeners equipped with 'pruning shears'. Their job? To trim away the dead leaves and branches, ensuring that inappropriate content is removed and that the conversations remain healthy and productive. On the other hand, regular members of your community might have permission to 'plant seeds' by initiating discussions or sending messages in specified areas. Just like sowing seeds in fertile soil, this encourages growth—new ideas and discussions that can flourish into beautiful, blooming conversations. By meticulously managing these roles and permissions, you effectively decide who gets to perform which tasks—akin to determining who waters the flowers and who fertilizes the soil in your verdant garden. If you get the balance just right, cultivating an active and positive environment, then inevitably, there will be fewer weeds to pull. Meaning, there will be less need for corrective action, since everyone understands their role and carries out their duties responsibly. This management fosters a strong sense of community and keeps the digital space as orderly and flourishing as a well-kept garden. The Purge: Pruning the Overgrowths Old messages, much like persistent weeds in a fertile garden, tend to emerge from the depths of digital correspondence, entwining themselves around the vibrant threads of current conversations. They act as a silent force, slowly suffocating the flow and dynamism of dialogue, leaving behind a landscape that is cluttered and stifling to navigate. To combat this creeping encroachment, it is wise to adopt a practice of routine pruning. This process involves diligently combing through the dense thicket of outdated and irrelevant chatter that accumulates over time. As you embark on this task, discard the extra bits of information that no longer serve any purpose but obscure the clarity and accessibility of meaningful exchanges. Scheduling these clean-ups with the regularity of the changing seasons can be particularly effective; it introduces a rhythm and discipline to maintenance that mirrors the natural cycle of renewal. By clearing your communicative environment as often as nature refreshes itself, you not only hinder the growth of those digital pests that can otherwise proliferate unchecked but also create space for new discussions to flourish. This periodic refreshment of your digital space is akin to tilling the soil, promoting a rich bed where ideas can take root and grow unfettered. Keeping the conversation area well-tended invites participants to inject fresh perspectives and insights, initiating a bloom of interactions as colorful and varied as any wildflower meadow in springtime. Therefore, embrace the garden metaphor in your approach to managing digital communications. Nurture the ecosystem of your online dialogues with the same care you would accord to a living organism. In doing so, you'll ensure that each conversation remains vibrant, engaging, and full of life—truly a place where the exchange of thoughts and experiences can thrive. Automate the Upkeep: Bots to the Rescue Manual labor in the digital age seems like a throwback to bygone days, doesn't it? It's rather quaint to think that such tasks still need a human touch when we have advanced to a point where automated helpers can take over. Why not deploy bots to attend to those repetitive and mundane tasks? These software marvels excel at moderation duties; they act as vigilant guardians in chats, ensuring that the rules are observed and that decorum is maintained. Moreover, they're the perfect organizers for giveaways, handling the intricacies of participant entries and random draws with flawless precision. But their usefulness does not end there. Bots are also incredibly efficient at managing community boards, automatically pinning crucial announcements to the top where everyone can see them. This ensures that important messages do not get lost in the sea of daily posts. You could liken these bots to your digital landscapers, operating with unwavering dedication behind the scenes. They keep the digital pathways clear of clutter and the proverbial hedges neatly trimmed, so to speak. With their assistance, online environments become more welcoming and easier to navigate, thereby enhancing the experience for all users. Incorporating these automated assistants into your digital toolkit can radically transform how you manage online spaces. Let the bots handle the heavy lifting while you focus on the more creative and strategic aspects of community building. Embrace this synergy of human creativity and machine efficiency, and watch as your digital domain thrives under this meticulous care. Feedback Loop: Harvesting Community Insights Your community is a veritable goldmine of insights, operating much like a focus group offering an unvarnished peek into the user experience. It's wise to empower them by setting up a specific 'Feedback' channel on your platform. Consider this a dedicated space where they can freely share their thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with ease. Remember, these individuals are not just casual visitors; they are the lifeblood of your digital ecosystem, navigating through its intricacies every single day. They interact with each facet of your platform, often catching nuances that may slip past the creators. Therefore, it is crucial to foster an environment where they feel comfortable and encouraged to speak up. Their insights act as navigational beacons – much like rays of sunshine piercing through a cloudy sky – bringing clarity and direction to the evolution of your digital space. By actively listening and responding to their feedback, you’re not only acknowledging their value but you’re also tapping into a rich resource that can catalyze the growth and refinement of your online presence. Engage with them, show appreciation for their contributions, and let them illuminate the path forward with their firsthand experiences and valuable perspectives. In Conclusion: Cultivating a Vibrant Discord Garden Transforming your Discord server from a ramshackle yard sale into something that resembles a well-oiled machine can be quite the undertaking, yet it's an endeavor that pays dividends in digital satisfaction and community engagement. It isn't merely about tidying up; it's about instituting a sense of order and functionality that can elevate the entire user experience. Embarking on this journey requires not just a little bit, but a generous application of elbow grease. Moreover, cultivating what one might call a "digital green thumb" involves nurturing and tending to your server with the care and precision one would give to a garden. It's about knowing what to prune, what to plant anew, and where to sprinkle your attention and resources for the most lush, vibrant growth. Successfully transforming your server does more than just enhance its aesthetic appeal; it fundamentally improves the way it feels to interact within its channels and forums. A well-structured server is intuitive, and welcoming, and fosters positive interaction. The haphazard stacks of random conversations and the tangled vines of outdated information are replaced with streamlined channels, clear rules, and effective moderation. As the clutter dissipates, clarity emerges. The newfound simplicity with which members can navigate the server is akin to breathing fresh air after a spring cleaning—it's rejuvenating. Clear delineations between various topics or gaming sessions pave the way for a focused and enriched community discussion. And let's not forget the creative community that thrives in such a well-managed environment. Creativity blooms when given space, support, and structure. A Discord server that has been fine-tuned becomes a fertile ground for ideas, art, collaborations, and friendships to flourish. Toast to the transformation that awaits! Here’s to less clutter and confusion, more clarity and charisma, and the boundless potential of a thriving creative community. After all, the journey from chaos to coherence is a rewarding one, and your dedicated efforts will surely resonate through every message, voice chat, and shared moment on your server. Questions to Mull Over: Do your current channels cover all aspects of your community, or are there barren plots waiting for new seeds? How can bots bring order to your Discord server without making it feel, well... robotic? What kind of seasonal clean-up ritual could help maintain the health of your server's ecosystem?
  3. We've had a Discord server that was open to anyone to join. At this time after several months, it has not reached any growth goals and so, at the end of this month, it will be shut down. Unfortunately, it didn't take off and I only have myself to blame. We did have a Guilded server as well and it too suffered the same fate so I shut it down at the end of summer. This is all part of the plan and refocusing our efforts into the community here.
  4. Are you a content creator, an independent creator, or a live streamer who values privacy when communicating online? If so, it's important to be aware of the misconceptions surrounding certain platforms' claims of being privacy-focused. One such platform that has faced scrutiny is Discord, where many users mistakenly believed their conversations and direct messages (DMs) were private from the start. In reality, this has never been the case. The Controversial Wording Changes in Discord's Terms of Service Recently, there was an uproar on social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit when someone posted about Discord changing the wording in their terms of service. This change aimed to clarify Discord's stance on storing the contents of video and voice calls or channels while specifying that streaming content shared through the platform is not stored. However, Discord did not officially address these changes through their official channels. Instead, they discussed the reasons behind the modifications in an article published by PC Gamer. It turns out that the two lines in question had to be removed because they contradicted Discord's plans to introduce features that involve storing content. These features include creating voice recordings of replies and generating clips of live streams on the platform. The Power of Framing: Amplifying Misunderstandings The problem lies in how the changes to Discord's terms of service were framed by individuals on social media. Their posts sensationalized the scenario, making it sound much worse than it is. Consequently, confusion has spread among users about the level of privacy offered by platforms like Discord and Guilded. Remember, when you sign up for an account on these platforms, you are granting them permission to store and/or record your user-generated content. If you wish to prevent them from having access to your content, your only option is to deactivate or delete your account. Exploring Privacy-Focused Alternatives: Matrix and Revolt For those seeking a more privacy-focused solution that allows greater control over how their content is used, consider exploring open-source frameworks like Matrix or Revolt for your chat app needs. These platforms strive to address the concerns of users worried about the storage and usage of their user-generated content. However, it's important to note that making the switch to these alternative platforms may come with some drawbacks. Many of your associates and contacts may still be using Discord and similar platforms, meaning your reach and conversations may not be as fulfilling as before. It will take time for users to discover these other platforms and migrate to them if they choose to do so. Additionally, the number of available servers on these alternative platforms is currently not at the same level as Discord, potentially causing difficulties finding active communities that cater to your interests. Conclusion In conclusion, it is crucial to dispel the misconceptions surrounding privacy on platforms like Discord. Understanding the reality of their privacy settings and the recent changes to their terms of service enables users, especially content creators, independent creators, and live streamers, to make informed decisions about how and where they communicate online. While alternative platforms like Matrix and Revolt offer more privacy-focused options, it's important to weigh the pros and cons before making a move. Ultimately, shifting to a more privacy-conscious platform may require patience, as it will take time for these platforms to gain popularity and for existing communities to adapt. Stay informed, take control of your privacy, and make choices that align with your values!
  5. Introduction: In the world of chat apps, Discord has long been the undisputed king. But with the rise of Guilded, a new player is emerging, challenging Discord's dominance. In this blog post, we'll explore why Guilded is gaining traction, its unique features, and how it can be a viable alternative for users and server admins. Breaking Free from the Paywall: Discord's Nitro paywall has frustrated many users, locking essential features behind a subscription. Guilded, on the other hand, offers a feature-packed experience straight out of the box. With 500 MB file uploads, cross-server functionality, and animated emotes, Guilded provides a powerful set of free features that rival Discord's premium offerings. The Power of Mind-Share: Discord's immense popularity among gamers has created a significant mind-share in the chat app market. However, history has shown us that mind-share can shift. Just as gamers migrated from TeamSpeak to Discord, Guilded is poised to attract a broader audience with its robust feature set and dedicated development team. The Impressive Backing of Roblox: Acquired by Roblox, Guilded has the advantage of a powerful parent company that brings resources and expertise to the table. This acquisition has allowed the Guilded team to focus on improving infrastructure, expanding their API, and attracting talented bot developers to enhance the platform's capabilities. Embracing Competition and Driving Innovation: Competition between Guilded and Discord is beneficial for users. As both platforms strive to outdo each other, they bring forth innovative features and improvements. By trying out Guilded's unique offerings and providing feedback, users can actively shape the direction of both platforms, ensuring their needs are met. The Future of Chat Apps: While Discord currently reigns supreme, the future is always changing. Guilded's steady growth indicates that it has the potential to become a significant player in the chat app landscape within the next few years. Users shouldn't dismiss Guilded solely based on their allegiance to Discord. Instead, they should explore Guilded's features firsthand, offering suggestions and helping shape the development of the platform they choose. Conclusion: Guilded is a rising star in the chat app wars, offering an impressive array of features without the paywall restrictions of Discord. With the backing of Roblox and the dedication of its development team, Guilded has the potential to challenge Discord's dominance. By embracing competition and actively engaging with these platforms, users can help drive innovation and ensure the continuous improvement of chat app services. So, don't hesitate to give Guilded a try and contribute to shaping the future of chat apps.
  6. In this video, we take an in-depth look at using Discord for community building and knowledge sharing. Discord started as a platform for gamers to communicate via voice and text channels but has grown tremendously over the past 10+ years. While Discord is very popular and easy to use, there are some limitations to consider. All information shared on a Discord server is locked inside the app, making it impossible for non-members to discover. This means if you solely use Discord, your community's knowledge, and discussions cannot be found via search engines. We discuss strategies for mitigating this, such as syndicating content to other sites like forums, Reddit, blogs, and more. Long-term planning is also important—it can be hard to migrate an established Discord community somewhere else. Overall, Discord is excellent for real-time chats but you'll want to pursue other avenues too if your goal is open information sharing. Come learn best practices for building an online community using Discord along with complementary platforms.
  7. Looking for an easy way to move your Discord server into Guilded? I'll show you how to do this in just a few steps. Focusing on ways to make your streaming or content creation life better through tutorials and our welcoming communities. Working with Guilded, Discord, Trovo and YouTube.
  8. In this episode, we dive into the power of online communities for independent creators. We start by exploring the influence of forums as platforms for gathering and sharing information, highlighting how they shaped audiences and provided easily searchable resources. Next, we delve into Discord, a popular modern community platform, and its effects on information sharing and collaboration among creators and their audiences. While Discord offers great features, we also discuss its limitations, such as the inability to be searched from the outside web. We then introduce Guilded as an alternative platform to Discord, discussing its advantages for content creators and their communities. Guilded provides a solution for those looking to move away from the Discord silo, offering unique features and benefits. But we don't stop there! We also explore the Matrix protocol as another alternative to Discord and Guilded. We discuss its decentralized nature and how it provides greater control and privacy for content creators. We analyze the benefits of using the Matrix protocol for building communities and how it addresses the limitations of other platforms. In conclusion, we emphasize the importance of online communities for independent creators and encourage listeners to explore different platforms. Whether it's forums, Discord, Guilded, or the Matrix protocol, finding the right community platform can help creators thrive and connect with their audience on a deeper level.
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