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Discord for Developer Communities

In recent years, Discord has sort of exploded as a community platform. It has since been adopted as a core platform across technical and non-technical communities. What once primarily was used in the gaming industry has now been more widely adopted across communities of all types.

Let’s explore a little bit of the platform’s history, how it’s being used today, and why (or why not) it makes a fit for your community’s needs. We’ll also go over tips and tricks to using the platform, basic bots and platform features, and the possibilities of what you could do with this in the future.

Join this workshop if:

  • You are considering Discord as a solution for your technical community
  • You want to get the most out of the tool
  • You feel like you’re not getting the most out of this tool

What you’ll learn

Discord History

  • Gaming
  • The Move to Community
  • Critiques of the platform

Practical Application

  • Types of channels
    • Audio
    • Video
    • Events
    • Forums
  • Settings
  • Safety + Things to note

Possibilities + Potential

  • API
  • Use Cases
  • Customizability

Erin Mikail Staples is a very online individual passionate about facilitating better connections online and off. She’s forever thinking about how we can communicate, educate and elevate others through collaborative experiences.

Currently, Erin builds community and thinks about the philosophy and tooling of the community and developer advocate world. Much of her day is spent empowering individuals to build, foster, and embrace healthy communities. Outside of her day-job, Erin is a comedian, graduate technical advisor, no-code content creator, triathlete, avid reader, and cat parent.

Most importantly, she believes in the power of being unabashedly “into things” and works to help friends, strangers, colleagues, community builders, students, and whoever else might cross her path find their thing.

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