Posts from 2018-06-27

An old "community," TeamSpeak, and a Discord refinery

We coordinate all of our gaming on Discord. That’s never been a secret. In fact it’s one of the things that I think sets us apart from a lot of other gaming communities. I was a member, albeit very briefly, of a very different community. I co-owned a Minecraft server, and I was approached by leadership from that gaming community. They were looking to fill a vacancy, as it were, in their lineup. I was looking to acquire new, better hosting for my server. Ultimately, it was a match of convenience. What I did not understand until after the deal was done is that their community was incredibly inactive and, quite frankly, dead. I also did not understand that there was a power struggle at the top, but that’s a different conversation entirely.

Here in Duat, all of our gaming is coordinated on Discord. Our members are all on Discord, and we all chat with each other. True, we have a TeamSpeak server, although that’s almost never actually used. It exists, but to be honest I can’t even remember the server’s address. I can look it up, but it’s not a huge deal for anyone inside our community.

Earlier this month we introduced some changes to Discord’s management, and now we’re taking the next step. Today, Mikey and I rolled out category-specific roles for most of the games that are a part of our community. The idea is that short term, this is a fairly arduous process, getting everyone into their correct roles. Long term, however, this will help us tremendously as we expand.

The idea is that on the whole, we do have a lot of channels. Most of our members don’t need or want access to all of them, and that’s totally fine. We have now coordinated it so that with the exception of exactly two people (myself and Rob), everyone, even the Deities, has the opportunity to not see most of our gaming channels. Unless you actually want to be in a channel, you won’t need to see its category.

The downside? We now have a lot of roles, which does lead to role spam. Truthfully, I’m not too fussed about that. If you want the role, you get the role. If not, you don’t. Right now in order to gain access to any  of the new roles you need to chat with any of the Pharaohs. Everyone in the College has the ability to dole out the roles, so there’s more than enough coverage to get you that coveted role you need. As always, if you have any concerns, questions, suggestions, or idle thoughts, my Direct Messaging is always open to members of the server, and if you’re trying to be shy, you can use our online feedback form.