As a lot of people might be aware, there's methods to modify your Discord client so you can install a lot of interesting and useful plugins.
Now, as you might also know, this is against Discord's ToS and hasn't changed from back in August when I last asked them about it on Twitter.
I can definitely understand why they think this is bad - there's developers with malicious intent that could end up stealing specific ways of authenticating as yourself to do very dangerous stuff, ranging from removing friends, spamming servers, all the way to deleting entire servers.
This is where this idea kicks in:
Basically, instead of having to rely on a method to modify the Discord client that is against the ToS, why not implement a way to let users install plugins directly from Discord's client?
To ensure better safety, they should be hosted on Discord's own CDN.
Any update the plugin developer uploads would need to go through screening (as in, comparing the previous version with the new version to see if they have put malicious code in)
This way users could already use features such as Server Folders up until you eventually implement that yourself.
A few notable Discord plugins that are available right now include:
- Character Counter - Adds a character counter to your textarea
- Complete Timestamps - Replace all timestamps with complete timestamps (customizable)
- Creation Date - Displays the Creation Date of an Account in the UserPopout and UserModal (very useful for Moderators of servers to check for potential multiaccounts / ban evaders)
- Edit Users - Allows you to change the icon, name, tag and color of users (good to keep track of people that keep changing their username)
- Server Folders - Adds the feature to create folders to organize your servers
- Show Image Details - Displays the name, size and dimensions of uploaded images (does not include embed images) in the chat as an header or as a tooltip
- Personal Pins - Similar to normal pins. Lets you save messages as notes for yourself
Some of these are simple plugins, like the Character Counter, but others are a bit more in-depth, like Server Folders.
All in all, I feel official plugin support would only really benefit Discord in the long run - there's a reason games with decent modding capabilities are still so alive (e.g. Skyrim)
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