Here's my proposal because I honestly think the 24 hour link expiration is honestly the stupidest shit ever, and I will put in bullet points:
- Instead of unnecessarily lengthening the link, keep it short and sweet. No dumb parameters, just follow the K.I.S.S. ("Keep It Simple" System). User convenience is IMPORTANT.
- Look into making sure that the content cannot be embedded outside of Discord. That is: I know there are methods, Photobucket (which is now the most hated image hosting ever) has theirs in that it adds a watermark and (if I recall) lowers the quality of embedded content
- Perhaps for this, have that embedded content instead uses a dummy image stating “This content cannot be displayed outside discord”
- Learn from imageshack: changing how links are interacted outside the site = bad. Before Photobucket “shat the bed”, Imageshack was considered the worst solely because they intentionally or otherwise created a file expiration by changing the link structure, and made sharing ANYTHING through it nonviable.
- If there's concern about people using Discord to share pirated stuff, give up trying to combat that. Because they ALWAYS find a way, and inconveniencing fair uses is not a solution to the problem.
- Additionally, There is a better approach to the matter OVERALL, and that is…SERVER SETTINGS! Really! Give server owners the ability to control how content in their server can be used out of it! Examples:
Generate Expiring Links: If ticked, any attempt to copy a link to the content will produce it with an expiration time or date. The time/date could be set by the server owner and range from 1 hour to 30 days, or could be set by the person when they choose “copy a link".
- Naturally, if this is turned on, opting to open it in browser will instead create a temporary link that lasts one hour at most.
Block Off-server Embedding: If ticked, any attempt to embed the content off Discord will produce a placeholder informing the content cannot be embedded as the server it came from disallows it.
- Perhaps there could also be an “Allowed Domains”, in case the server owner wants to allow the content to be embedded on specific domains.
- Generate Expiring Links: If ticked, any attempt to copy a link to the content will produce it with an expiration time or date. The time/date could be set by the server owner and range from 1 hour to 30 days, or could be set by the person when they choose “copy a link".
- OK, I will concede to expiring links in full in ONE THING regardless of how bad the link length is: Direct Messages. Of course, because they are being shared in a private manner. But in these cases I'd say they should have an expiration time of 1 hour.
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