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Discussion on: Discord is spyware

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Interesting comement on reddit:
"Casual chat communities of the kind that Discord is used for are difficult to build with a truly private platform, though. The nature of Discord makes it easy for people to join and leave communities, create new accounts, etc. Secure chat programs, by their nature, require multi-part confirmation of accounts, friend requests, anonymization, etc."

This rings true, there must be more steps to sign up on a secure chat community. But having just done this myself, (setting up element: element.io/) the extra work is for the person starting the community. After that, you send a link and that's pretty much it, there's email confirmation, and you can use the web client. Adding another client (mobile or another browser) hits you wit a tiny bit of friction: you have to identify the device.

All in all it's not that bad. Feature wise... well, it's kinda on par with slack but with working audio and video on most platforms. And it's encrypted. Search messages work well. There are no users profiles (it's anonymous by design) which may be a show stopper for community use.