How can we improve Discord?

Make it open source

There is so many that have declined to use this app with me just cause it's not open source.

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  • tydog98 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There wouldn't be "millions of clones", and the original Discord would only die if it started to suck and people made bad enough decisions to warrant a fork.

  • PassTheMayo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    People must not realize that this is a bad idea. There would be millions of clones running around everywhere, and the original Discord would die.

  • Rarity ♥ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Oh yes it would be awesome if it would be open source. I do use it but if there was a good open source alternative I'd use this one instead because it's open source so I can actually know what's running on my computer.

  • CamB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Matrix/Riot has most of the same features as discord and is completely open source and federated.

    Until Discord becomes open source I'll stick with Matrix.

  • mewlord commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This, This, oh my god this. While i find discord a great application and tool, my main laptop is a fully free system, and for good reason. An open source program is a free program. If you allow the end user to view your code, not only are you not losing out, but gaining massively. It will allow well wishing programmers to fix flaws with your infrastructure, and help develop new and exciting features as a community. This will allow you to cut down on staffing and development costs and put more funds towards the servers running more effectively, keeping your customers happy! We've already seen some amazing bots with the API you've released, with the sorce released, the community could do more to help their own servers, and the system as a whole. You could increase your update frequency, and the impact that each update would do. For such a "app of the people" application, it shocks me you have not made the change. This is a must, whether it is currently realised or not.

  • RMS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Linux,
    is in fact, GNU/Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux.
    Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component
    of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell
    utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

    Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day,
    without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU
    which is widely used today is often called "Linux", and many of its users are
    not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.

    There really is a Linux, and these people are using it, but it is just a
    part of the system they use. Linux is the kernel: the program in the system
    that allocates the machine's resources to the other programs that you run.
    The kernel is an essential part of an operating system, but useless by itself;
    it can only function in the context of a complete operating system. Linux is
    normally used in combination with the GNU operating system: the whole system
    is basically GNU with Linux added, or GNU/Linux. All the so-called "Linux"
    distributions are really distributions of GNU/Linux.

  • Comrade Pingu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The ability to audit the source code for security flaws would be a large win for security. Programs like PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) have their source code available for the public to audit.

    What this could mean for Discord would mean a well meaning developer or security enthusiast could look for flaws in security, contact the staff, and stamp out any problems within a short span of time. There are risks (like a hacker trying to find out how to exploit discord), but the rewards would be massive for the security team.

  • The Anonymous Linux User commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yeah, I would love it If they become open source! So that we can do stuff with it more easily, so more eyes would be kept on the code (such as lets say Ubuntu Linux, it gets loads of updates compared to closed source OS's like Windows.),so it would be more customizable and so on! Such a shame... that's just the reason why I'm not on discord a lot. So basically, if they became open source, it would be better in many ways. I'm more on open source software and OS's, and less on closed source. I would be more on discord if it became open source. And yes, more developers would want to contribute to discord. So overall, discord would be a better place if it was open source.

  • Poetastrophe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be lovely if Discord became open source and came under a permissive license that ensures the users' freedoms to protect themselves against malicious practice. People are becoming increasingly aware of the consequences of closed source and it will affect apps like these.

  • Midgy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I too believe that Discord can be great if it became Open Source, there will be a large influx of new developers that will attempt to contribute, cheapening operating costs and allowing talent to reveal itself, that is guaranteed to happen as most people who use Discord are geeks to begin with, It would most certainly be a unique selling point as both TeamSpeak and Skype are propietry, with Skype being a spying galore.

  • Black Tortoise commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So sad this isnt open source. Unfortunately I have to use it to communicate with some online groups i am a part of. Very sad that in 2017 a product like this isnt FOSS by default. Discord not being open source is a step backwards towards the dark ages.

  • nitram commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    discord is lovely, only thing stopping me and many others from using it: not open source

    what a pitty :/ really do not see any disadventages of making it open source..
    some one commented that it would make other people easier to monetize the work others put into. it is indeed a risk, a very small risk. Why would someone pay for a discord clone and not just use the official discord application. I feel like the conversations app is a good example of an open soruce chat application. sure there are many open source clones, yet the main app is still the one mostly used.

    i also think that making discord open soruce would add a strong unique selling point. and people that use it will more likely want to donate to the project. It is easy to attach a gratipay or liberpay link to discord and encourage people to donate.

  • duxck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would love this as well, though I understand if they don't. atm they aren't monetizing in any way and just making it all open source would make it easy for others to start monetizing on their work.

  • TheTruthBell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Everyone _should_ care, gameslayer9999. Even someone like you.

    If it's proprietary, it's not superior to anything.

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