Make it open source
There is so many that have declined to use this app with me just cause it's not open source.
Ralph (UANode) commented
I was so impressed when found that Discord is not open source.
Our company will stay with Matrix (riot.im) while Discord is undefined on its path decision.
I know a ton of companies that refuse to put their data in someone else's data center. Opensourcing will allow those orgs a chance to use an amazing application while maintaining their own data and security.
"There is so many that have declined to use this app with me just cause it's not open source."
Im in a large developer group chat and we wanted something like a Teamspeak or Discord Server.
At the end for choose Mumble for the sole reason that it's free/libre Software.
Also people could easily create custom clients based on the original Discord, look at Telegram, there are some awesome custom clients based on the original app.
If you are worried about clones of Discord, just Open Source the client, not the server (Telegram also does it this way), but look at "Wire", both their server and client code is free and it works for them too.
Crazy Nerd commented
I just want discord to be able to open without having to fight it every single time, is there another service I can go to?
I'd personally like Discord open-source in order to discover the API and possibly do some really cool things with it. For example, you know, when you play something on Spotify, your profile background becomes green. I'd like to do that with the API and mess with it.
The Bee commented
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.
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
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.
This needs to be open source.
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.
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.
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.
Any progress here?
bumped, this would be nice.
Comrade Pingu commented
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.
Time Warner will see to it that this doesn't happen.
The Anonymous Linux User commented
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.
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.
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
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.