Genuinely, the username change is a complete failure of Discord's management of the application.
If users don't know what a discriminator is, and that's not even the majority according to them, that is a failure on Discord's part to teach the user how to use their app.
If people can't remember their discriminators or have trouble saying their usernames/discriminators out loud due to typing problems, what's stopping them from simply showing the other person their Discord profile? What's stopping them from sending a screenshot to the other person?
Not to mention, how does this new change make it any easier for anyone to have usernames when someone can't have the username "john" because it's already been taken? Now they have to do something like "john12345", which is functionally the same thing as a discriminator in the first place, or even worse, if all those numbers are already taken up because there were already #9999 users using the "John" name on Discord already and now that username can't be transferred to the new update, then someone is going to have to over-complicate their username into something incomprehensible, like "x_jo_h_n_x45".
I'm sure Discord thought about the change a lot and only did this to appease shareholders or something along the lines. They do not care about what the userbase actually wants.
If you want to improve the username system, then how about starting with not allowing strange fonts that people can't normally type in? Allow other languages, but don't allow people to make fonts that just do not exist on a keyboard so that people can ping them or add them as a friend. THAT is one of the biggest problems in Discord usernames right now. But will they fix that? No.
This is all just showing that Discord doesn't care about its userbase at all. People are already showing that the username failure was *supposed* to prioritize older users, but when someone who has been on Discord for many years tried to type in the username that they've had on every social media profile for years, it didn't work. When they tried to add the person, there was nobody with their username.
On every account, this is a display of Discord fumbling and failing to provide the kind of application that users signed up for in the first place, and I am deeply disappointed.
I am legitimately considering canceling my Nitro subscription over this.