I've been testing out a Discord server for WinWorld, as a supplement/replacement for IRC. #winboards has been more or less dead for months.
The goal is more community engagement, hopefully by Discord lowering the barrier for younger/less experienced users who've never used IRC before.
- Easy to use web client or dedicated client.
- Scrollback capability. In other words you can disconnect, come back later, and read any missed conversations or private messages. This is only possible on IRC if you never disconnect or have the ability to set up a bouncer like ZNC.
- Reliability. IRC networks are prone to 'splits' where half of a channel's users disappear until the server relinks with the network.
- In-line media. For example, the ability to quickly share media like screenshots without having to go to an external file hosting site is a big plus.
Of course it's not without it's downsides, it is a proprietary product and requires a Discord account. Given that many people don't want yet another account, or simply dislike Discord, an IRC-Discord bridge is being setup so you will be able to participate in Discord from IRC and vice versa.
Okay, I want in!
More advanced functionality like bots and the IRC bridge are not yet present, I hope to have them setup in the next day or two. In meantime, the invite below is permanent and unlimited, so feel free to share it around.