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06-04-2023

Discord servers and open-source projects

Just read this cohost post about a common phenomenon in online projects: Discord servers for help & support, and just service lock-in in general, I suppose.

I specially like this quote:

[...] we've normalized not logging in. At this point, I don't think you can get anyone to log into anything, ever again, unless they believe that "all their friends are there." Whether that's literal - as in a new social network - or figurative - as in "1200 users, wow, this must be a great resource" - the friction of getting someone to sign up has to be colossal in this foul year of our lord.

I've read a related blog post a couple days ago - this one. ("Please don't use Discord for FOSS projects")

Only slightly related, I've been hanging out on the melonland forum, and it's been really fun.

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