Read/Seen Messages



  • PhilipSuttonOz

    I strongly agree that Discord should have a 'seen/read message' feature - like fb messneger and skype.  I agree that it should be a function that can be turned on and off.  It could be turned on/off by:

    • a server owner/admin (with individuals being able to override the default [more on this in a sec])
    • an individual in a one to one Direct Message.

    A person could set a default position in their Dscord account setting (ie. seen/read indicator OFF or ON).  (Discord itself could have the function turned OFF, it it could be up to the user to turn the default to ON).

    Micro control could be organised through Member/Friend profiles (in DMs or servers):

    • If a Discord user wants to see if a server member or DM friend is reading/seeing their messages, they would go to the member/firned profile and turn ON the SHOW see/read  function
    • If a Discord user wants to stop a server member or DM friend from knowing if they are reading/seeing messages, then the user would go to the member/firned profile and turn OFF the PERMIT see/read function.

    The PERMIT setting would override the SHOW setting.



  • Thunder33345

    I think it should have fine grained options,
    like sending and receiving read indicator option should be separated, and you can turn it on or off per person,
    so say only friends knows you read it, and other non friend users cant tell and cant keep annoying you

    also to be able to disable seen message by per-users regardless friend or not, for example that annoying but still friend guy

    also begin able to receive without enabling send read indicator, say as member you wanna let a staff know when you read their msg, but they dont want to let you know when they do, they should be able to read your indicator without sending theirs

  • 󠇰󠇰

    Every other software out there has the same feature but Discord is the only one that doesn't have it.

  • Light

    Yeah, that also works. It can also be toggled to who sees it, like for everyone or for friends only.

  • Chorapew

    I totally agree with the 'read/seen' thing. For me, too, is really hard to tell if someone has seen my message mainly because I get ignored all the time.

  • Danny

    Now people can find out whether they are being ignored or not :)

  • (N/A)&Void

    If this is implemented, please let me opt out.

  • Blastoise186
    This could be useful for me to ensure that important messages have been noticed by the recipient. However, for user privacy I would definitely support the ability to disable them as well - some of my Servers have a lot of users and I don't always want to be spammed with DM's.
  • Graysongdl

    If you're allowed to opt out, please make it so that, like Twitter, opting out prevents you from seeing everyone else's "read" status as well.

  • Mitarka

    I disagree with this. Sometimes I can open the chat for a little bit and read less than half that was sent to me before I have to move or get back in a meeting, if such a feature is implemented the person will think I'm ignoring them making them feel bad and making things bad for me.

  • Defilarfae

    I agree with this I'm SICK and tired of people not responding to me so I wanna know if they really saw my message or not:/

  • Ev1lbl0w

    This is one of the reasons why I use Discord. I'm sick of feeling pressure to answer someone or not being able to read a message because I want no notification that othres know I read it. My reason? I simply value my privacy. And I believe everyone else should value it too, but thanks to this trend I'm the weird guy that doesn't want to tell others what I read, where I am, what I'm doing...

  • cakecatboy

    I don't like this kind of feature, cause it's the opposite of privacy. Besides, people on phones can read the message on their notifications without actually clicking on the window.

  • Hox

    Please no, there's no reason for this except vanity and invasiveness.


    If they don't respond to you, isn't that good enough?

  • Binki

    I Totally support this feature! 

  • jacksn
    This seems useful, but should be enabled/disabled based on both an account setting and a setting per chat/server. Possibly under privacy settings? This'll probably only be feasible in group chats/DMs, though.
  • Ray~

    It would be a lot better to see this happen soon. It bothers me that I have to keep sending messages to someone knowing if they saw my message or not. I get worried that they're getting annoyed by me or ignoring me. Maybe they saw the message but they couldn't respond to it for whatever reason. It'll be easier for everyone to know if their message was read by the other person. It'll also help so you won't have to be worried about the other person if their going through a hard time. 

  • jacksn
    I'd be interested in this only if it was toggleable on a chat-by-chat basis.
  • nani

    This would only work in DM's, but sure, I'll upvote.

  • Saluki

    One of the reasons I love Discord and support it so much is because it doesn't do this kind of thing. I'm fine with some kind of feature being implemented, so long as there is a way for me to opt out of people being able to tell I've read a message. When you get several hundred tags a day from people who need a response, it would be annoying to view a message and immediately start getting pestered about why you haven't responded. So for some this would work, but I wouldn't be comfortable with using it.

  • PhilipSuttonOz

    I've just had an idea. Some of us want to know whether people are reading our messages and other of us want to protect our privacy.  How about this as a simple solution........

    in direct messages from others (not in servers/channels) there could be a new facility to indicate a 'read' message alongside the 'pin' facility.  If you are getting frustrated about not knowing whether someone has read your messages you could ask them to  let you know using the 'read' message facility.  This would cause a read symbol ( a dot of some sort?) to appear on the message

    This way people's privacy would not be violated and a 'new message' alert would not be generated  but people could indicate that they had read someone's message and frustration levels could be reduced all round!

    Or, to make the process even simpler, you could have grey dot (for US speakers that's gray) near the grey emoticon facility.  When clicked on the dot would change colour (eg. blue) and stay visible even when the focus had moved off the dot.  The change of colour would indicate that the message had been read.

    What do you reckon?

  • Peridot - GemWorld Talk!

    wait... would it just break the "invisible" status??

  • PhilipSuttonOz

    Clearly some people do want this feature, and some people don't.  I suspect that people with either view are decent human beings.  They just have different needs.  IF it happened to be true that most (but not all) people didn't want an indicator of whether messages have been seen,, then how could we meet people's differing needs?  The read/seen indicator function could be turned OFF as the out-of-the-box default position.  Then people doing DMs or server managers could choose to turn the function on if they felt the need. PLUS each individual could turn the function OFF for themselves personally, as an override, if it was turned on by a server manager and the user didn't want it on.

    Pursuing your own personal views in ways that look after your own user experience makes total sense, but blocking the availability of an optional function that others really want is heavy handed and in my view unnecessary.. 

  • 🎀 akari 🎀

    Back in the day when discord was more like teamspeak / for gaming groups I'd understand why they'd lack read receipts.

    However today, I mean, everyone uses it. My mom, dad, and brother use it in a family group with me. Indie dev groups use it instead of slack. Discord has been used for tech support by small projects, open source and otherwise. Now that more and more people use discord, it's become a lot more than just a group app to chat with your MLG Gamer Bros while you play minecraft and fortnite.

    Moreover, discord DM's are a very common means of communication between people. For many, it's kind of the new texting. Read receipts help in a lot of situations and allow people to communicate with one another a lot more efficiently. Having it be optional solves the gray area of privacy. I personally think that it should be an option (opt-out) in DM's and an option (opt-in, possibly conditional to specific roles) for servers. Considering the plethora of use cases Discord now has taken up, it's really the least Discord can do to keep its status as a modern chat app.

    Finally, for those who still don't want this feature because you may feel violated or endangered by someone and it gets to a level where you're threatened or w/e because they see that you disabled the feature, I'd recommend you just block them, since it's a VERY minor percentage of the people who would use this feature and if anything it's an issue with politeness rather than technology. If they want to be rude and pushy and force you to respond, then tell them "hey, can you not?" or block them. Similarly, if you want to be rude and pretend to busy, don't, the world needs a lot more communication and the richness of conversation was largely lost in this world where you can just click a red button and the person you're conversing with disappears.

    Perhaps that's an issue much larger than discord and read receipts, but an issue about people in general and a society slowly getting less and less intimate behind the pale blue glow of screens where you can make anyone you're mad at disappear from your life forever at the press of a button. But, well, I think adding read receipts is a step in the right direction in, well, humanizing the way we communicate with one another.


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  • PhilipSuttonOz

    cakecatboy said: "it's almost like a little conversation about it in a general chat would solve everything you know, like healthy communication"     -   If only that were always the real issue..  I had a healthy communication with someone that I chat with actively on Discord (our main mode of communication) and we agreed to use a reaction symbol as a sign that we had read each other's messages - and we do do this quite a bit, but a lot of the time we forget or are under time pressure so can't do it.  Automating the process would suit both of us.

  • animal

    Yes, please! This is something I've been wanting for a while.

  • PhilipSuttonOz

    Hey Mitarka -– would you mind if Discord had a read/seen capacity but users could turn off the function.  If the function was an option then those people who want to use it could do that, and those people like yourself who don't want it could turn it off. 

  • Dern

    I think this is good for dms maybe not servers as some servers are really big and that would be a lot of names

  • test2

    Making a mandatory read/seen message is a terrible idea for discord. Just look up thousands of 'left on read' memes/jokes that people take being left on read EXTREMELY personally. Not everyone has the ability to respond as soon as they see a message. Some of my friends have a hard time disconnecting when they're emotional, and I like to give them space until they are good to come back, but still keep the dm open in case something bad happens.

    Enforcing this type of system would only encourage ignoring friends, or create problems between people whose emotions run high / take it personally. There's a reason discord was so successful with their 'switch from skype' advertising.

  • cj

    This would be fine only if users can decide if they want other people to know they read their messages. No one is obligated to reply to anyone the second they read a message if they don't want to. If people want this only to see if someone is "ignoring" them then it sounds like they got problems to sort out.


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