Create step-by-step interactive guides for how to use Discord
Having used Discord for just over three years now, there's one thing I've noticed that's been missing all this time - there's not much in the way of guides about every feature that aren't just text and images. While the support articles on Zendesk are great, they just don't have the edge that covers everyone's needs.
But there is a way that could enhance that... By making them interactive in-app. Not everyone is comfortable with learning new things by reading giant walls of text and a few images, some people learn by doing things or seeing them happen in front of them.
So, my idea is to take support existing and future support articles and transform them into interactive step-by-step in-app guides that not only show the user how to do something by walking them through a task, but also completes the task at the same time.
Here's an example scenario of how this could work.
Imagine I was a brand new user who had just discovered Discord for the very first time and didn't have a clue what everything does. I've just got my account and installed the apps, but now there's all these weird fancy buttons and things that I've got no idea what to do with them... And what's all this about "Servers", "Invites", "Channels", "Discord Nitro" and all these other strange things I cannot figure out?
This is the kind of situation that I regularly see a huge number of new - or even experienced - users facing on a daily basis.
But then all of a sudden, a friendly message from Nelly comes up that says "Hi Blastoise186, welcome to Discord! You look a bit lost, need a hand to get the show on the road?"
Little do I know it, but I've just activated the first of many available interactive step-by-step guides. I click yes and Nelly walks me through the basics of how to use Discord, such as setting my Avatar, going through some basic account settings, helping me join my very first Server and finishes up by saying something like "Ok then, you're all set and ready to go. I'll be here with more tips anytime you get stuck. Simply click the Help button in the top right whenever you need me."
Well, that really helped me out then, I think I'll check out more tips later.
Little would I know however, but going through that guide wasn't just a demo - I really did just set everything up how I'd like it right within the app.
And that's one example of how this idea could work. Just about any of the support articles could be transformed into an interactive step-by-step in-app guide that can be accessed anytime a user might need them.
Over the last four years, Discord has really evolved and has become easier, but it's still overwhelming for some users to learn the platform, so just having that little extra help would go a long way.
I think this is a marvellous idea and would really be useful for new discord users.3
Thank you mesub, this idea is something that I've been considering for some time, but never got the chance to write until now.
It's inspired by two things in particular:
- Experience I've gained from showing a lot of users how to use various Discord features and setting up servers
- A project I'm currently doing at work which aims to create step-by-step guides for a variety of purposes to benefit charities
I often come up with new thoughts and ideas based on my experiences, but even now one of the biggest barriers that a new Discord user faces, is that you're effectively "dropped in at the deep end" without much in the way of a welcome or guidance about what to do next.
Support articles are useful, but they don't have much value if I don't know they exist! So that's where this one comes in1
I love this idea to pieces, and I truly hope it gets noticed!1
Thanks for your support!
There would probably have to be one or two minor limits on such a feature to help prevent abuse or because of some other reason, but pretty much everything in the existing support articles could be transformed into something much more powerful0
This is exactly what I need for new server members! I’ll be creating server specific ones in the coming months
Edit: by server specific, I mean my own JA-ES server so they won’t be available outside my server0
Hm.. have a look at the support site (blog)-1
I just signed up today, and am extremely overwhelmed. I do NOT know how to use this site at all for help or support, or even just setting up the simplest things. IS there a tutorial anywhere that won't freak me out? I am 65 and am mildly technologically impaired ;-) I probably won't even be able to find my way back here to look for an answer!0