Discord says that users will be able to create “dedicated spaces for each new topic of discussion” with this new feature. There are now forum channels on Discord’s community servers.
“You’ll be able to see what people are talking about before you jump in, so you can join an ongoing conversation or start a new one without worrying about interrupting or getting in the way of others.”
People who run community servers can add as many of these new forum channels as they want.
All conversations in these channels will be “contained in posts,” which, according to Discord, will make it “easier to jump an existing one (or start a new one) without worrying about your message getting lost!”
How to Setup Forum Channel on Discord Server?
Those who want to set up a new forum for themselves will need to go to the channel list on their Discord server.
- Hover over “channel category.” Then, a small + sign should show up.
- The “Create Channel” option will then appear.
- From here, select “Forum” and decide what you want to call it. After that, all you have to do is click “Create Channel” and you’ll be ready to go.
With Forum Channels, the goal seems to be to make it easier for certain conversations to go on for a long time without worrying that a change in topic or another conversation going on at the same time will bury it in the chat log history.
The feature will make large servers the most, where it can be hard to keep up with many open-ended conversations going on at once. Members of these servers may just mute channels that are too much to handle, or they may lose track of important conversations when they leave for a few minutes.
Xbox is the first game console to support voice chat on Discord.
Server moderators can set specific permissions and rules for each forum to create conversations and keep things on track.
The word “forum” makes me think of the Internet forums of the ’90s and ’00s (and some of the ones that are still around today, like here at Ars), but the feature seems to get just as much, if not more, of its ideas from Reddit, which grew out of those old forums in many ways.
But Discord’s Forum Channels don’t have a clear way to upvote or downvote posts. Server moderators could, in theory, do something similar with emote reactions, though.
At the place of its post, Discord reminded users of some of the other tools they could use to make their conversations even more personal.
“Forum Channels, like Threads and Text in Voice before them, let focused conversations grow without taking over a channel,” Discord said. “No more seeing an interesting conversation get drowned out, taken over, or went because it had been watching on for too long. More than ever, Discord is the place to talk about everything.”
The new Forum Channels feature should now be available in all Community channels on Discord.
Discord has added a lot of new features in the past few months. The platform also added voice chat to Xbox game consoles and chat rooms that were linked to specific voice channels. This was another way to help focus conversations and keep the main channels from getting too crowded.