I'd like to start the """petition""" (so to speak,) to repeal the ban on custom/modded UIs. I couldn't find an existing thread about this per se.
I think I'm referring to the following excerpt of the ToS:
… The Service provides a chat and social platform.… You agree not to (and not to attempt to) (i) use the Service for any use or purpose other than as expressly permitted by these Terms;(ii) copy, adapt, modify [or] prepare derivative works based upon … the Service or any portion of the Service …
but I am referring to whatever it was that the Twitter thread is referring to.
Being free to control the way we interact with a service is a crucial aspect of respecting users' autonomy. Being forced to choose between interacting with it a certain way, or not at all, is severely limiting; and the endless stream of complains about this or that UI problem which has been imposed on the users in the latest update is just one symptom of this.
I hate being bound to this service's buggy, paternal UI which makes so very many, so very wrong assumptions about the way I interact with my communication platforms. It makes me frustrated every time I use it, and sad that inertia keeps it as the Schelling Point for online communities.
This one simple policy change (not even a technical change!) would put a hard lower bound on how awful the Discord UX can get. I think it would improve user recruitment, and reduce the cheering that will occur if/when Discord ever gets dethroned, as well as shifting that scenario's likelihood to happen much further into the future.
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