Hey, I'm a high school student and moderate gamer who has used discord outside of school for a variety of gaming communities. I have found the channel notification separation , extensive management options, simple usage, group oriented voice chat, abundance of free features, and amazing web, mobile, and desktop support really useful, but there are some caveats:
1. The school district (or their block service goguardian) block discord as a p*rnography website (due to not understanding what user-generated content is). VPNs are unreliable and don't function at all on school Chromebooks, as well.
2. Aesthetic is default dark and gamer focused, off-putting to some of our non-gamer friends
3. Nicknaming and verification can be arduous, and if you don't do it and establish firm rules, cyberharrassment
I doubt I am the only one who has these concerns but wants to be able to use it. Slack and Microsoft teams are also options, but they are both either bad and limited or paid.
I think if discord made an edition, with separate web client (or at least url), for secondary education, equipped with a school email requirement for login and the disabling of some features like NSFW channels, along with optional school administrator registration and usage and default light theme and icon changes.
Compared to the productivity first services like slack and teams, discord is inexpensive, intuitive, and familiar to many students. Even if discord didn't do a ton to differentiate it, making it palatable enough so at the least, schools wouldn't block it at least, and students could use it more freely.
I'm helping to create a newspaper club at my school, and we need discord as a forum for discussion and collaboration, as we will need to edit, write, plan, and educate outside of class. That said, I know that if an idea like this gains steam, it will probably take a while to develop, so I'm also asking for short term recommendations to bypass the protections for my use case.
Thank y'all for reading!
Edit: I also don't necessarily mean it would need to contend with teams and slack. I just think it should make itself palatable enough to be considered a 'school-friendly' resource for cross student and possible school-student communication. Integrations and other intensive features will obviously make slack and teams the best options for some students and schools, but without the paid subscriptions and or need for integrations, it would be a good fit for many schools and student organizations.
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