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NorseLady
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:03 am    Post subject: Just a Greedy Thought Reply with quote

As Discord gains more popularity I'm beginning to hear the Jeopardy tune in my mind. Why? Because I'm waiting for the Discord Powers-That-Be decide they want money for the use of their service. It's just a matter of time.

What then?

Where will you go?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While discord may be new for many in the community, it isn't new in general. It has 130 million unique users and counting and is geared toward the absolutely massive gaming community to compete with many other free options out there (which they compare and contrast here). To go fully pay-for-play in the current environment would be suicide for them which is why they offer Discord Nitro for a monthly fee and have stated they will look for other ways to monetize but not at the cost of core features for standard users. Kinda like Trillian offering a basic (free) and a pro (paid) version.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everything Claire says is correct. Discord is massive and has been around for years. They make their money by having a massive user base, offering paid services, and having a lot of weight in the gaming and online community environment. They're quite literally the next Mumble, Team Speak, etc, while also competing with IRC in a way I don't think any other service ever has. I'm on it daily. If they ever tried to monetize if the way you suggest, it'd implode.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please note that I didn't write that Discord is new. I wrote about it gaining in popularity (as it clearly has).

Greed has been the downfall of many online services/companies. We'll see if Discord changes their policies or not. If they don't, great.

But, never say 'never'.



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Trillian, which seems to work fine for now. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Johnny Storm"]I use Trillian, which seems to work fine for now. Smile[/quote

Interestingly enough, Trillian has several of the features that people want in ProChat like IMs being available during any given session no matter what chat room you go to.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trillian also doesn't save your history if you move to mobile devices unless you pay for the Pro version. So if I go from my laptop to my phone, my conversations don't transfer over and also at convos I have away from the Trillian app on my PC don't save at all.
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