I just got excited about a new exercise and wanted to geek out about it with others, but it didn’t really seem significant enough for a whole forum post. There’s a post about Discourse Chat (In Beta) but it looks like it isn’t in place.
I searched around for a Discord server and couldn’t find anything, so I set something unofficial up for anybody who wants to hang out.
If there’s already one set up, let me know and I’ll remove this!
@FoohonPie Nice. Thanks. I think there are a few unofficial ones about, but…
I’ve been toying with making an official Discord server for a little while.
What does everyone think about us doing it? I’m thinking it would be strictly a social, chatting, celebratory space, rather than a support or discussion space (those things should be kept to to the forum where deeper async conversation and future back-reference can happen I think)
I am generally pro an official discord server. It may just be me, but quite often I prefer discord over forums. Sure forums do somethings better but discord has sorta been approaching forums and have some features in that direction.
I also would like to have something with some more instant feedback. Especially for the small things. Like “why isn’t this elixir line doing what I expect?” or “is someone here to look at this small pull request?”.
I think the chat over at https://www.codingame.com/ is pretty neat. Everyone on the website is automatically put into the main channel and that way there is always someone to talk to. But that might be a bit much or even too distracting for exercism.
My first thought was “God I’m in too many Discords already”. In one of them I was just appointed emergency staff because the owner is having a mental health crisis after moderating it for over a year without a break.
While I tend to prefer more asynchronous communication, I’ve often missed something like what the #chat Slack channel was, to talk about random topics.
But the real benefit would be the opportunity to do more group video/voice chat stuff. Like the live streams but more interactive!
Also, then we could also use it for the community calls
There is a limit to how many to be in a video call of 25. And unlimited without video, although I think there is no limit on screen sharing, but you can only watch 1 screen share at a time, if I can recall. Perhaps 1/25 of my calls are video calls on discord, and most of them are just audio
I don’t massively know what I’m doing with Discord, so I’m very open to advice. I’ve created a #setting-up channel that y’all can use to tell me all the newbie things I’ve got wrong. I’ll delete it before we push this more publically.
So for now, I’ll sneak this link here while we get set up: Exercism