For starters, I need to define a few things to answer the question, “Why does everyone have a personal chat, and why is it stupid?”
On Discord, you can create your own server, or “chat”. For this post, “server” and “chat” mean the same thing, will probably be used interchangeably. In these servers, you will most likely find multiple text channels and maybe multiple voice channels. So to distinguish the two terms above, Biohazard is the name of our Discord chat, and #boz, #biohazard and hunting fields are names of channels on the chat.
Why is any of this relevant?
Well, to me, I don’t understand why everyone feels the need to own a personal server on Discord just for themselves, especially while also being in other personal chats and other clan chats, where the same exact people on their personal server are. Cool, you have a lot of friends and want them all around you in one given area, but what is the point to having your own personal server when you are already in other clan chats on Discord, and have the ability to talk to the same people there? Did you also forget that Discord has a private messaging feature, where you can message friends, as well?
Just so I’m clear and I’m not being too vague in my last paragraph, there aren’t just a few of these personal chats. There’s a good amount, literally, where the person that created them either manages a clan and can just make a channel on the clan chat for , or is in all of the other other personal chats and clan chats in the community.
Maxydude0 has personal chat, says its for town of salem/hangout, a game that a good amount of people in GeNo play >>> why the fuck not just make a ToS channel in GeNo Discord Chat?
iSpyder has a personal chat, probably just labeled a “hangout chat”, but literally the majority of the people on her personal chat are in GeNo, or on GeNo server. You needed your own personal chat JUST TO TALK to the same people that are on GeNo clan chat?
I’m not trying to call out iSpyder or maxydude, or anyone else who has personal chats, because there are a lot, like Cyko’s, Vlad’s, Prothean’s, Digidix’s, Bananareaper’s, etc. I’m not trying to make anyone feel ashamed, but I just personally see no point in having personal chats when the people who own the personal chats share many common servers with others.
Let me give a more realistic example as to why I’m opposed to personal servers:
I currently manage the Biohazard Discord server, and another person in Biohazard, let’s say Roxxar, decides to create his own personal chat. He gives people the invite link to people on the Biohazard Discord server, and he also gives it to his other friends who aren’t in Biohazard. Seems harmless, because it totally is to begin with. Well a few weeks go by, nothing really changes. Here comes along Michaelhero, and he creates his own discord chat, and invites a lot of people from Biohazard and the community. A few weeks go by, and now there’s a decline in activity on the main Biohazard server that causes people to question if the clan is going inactive internally.
Can you start to see why personal chats are detrimental to clans?
While the clan itself isn’t going inactive, it’s perceived as it is by members inside of the clan because clan members themselves are going to personal chats made by clan members. I’m not really sure why people create personal hangout chats when, like I said earlier, there’s a PM feature, and the people in their hangout chats are also in nearly every other server they are in.
Now here’s the whole counter argument:
“I made a separate chat so I wouldn’t bother the rest of the clan/group.”, “It’s just a hang out chat for people.”
I’m sorry but did you forget that there are channels on Discord!!! Yep, that’s right, this is when those words I defined earlier come into play! Why do you need a personal chat when you are in a clan, when you can just have different channels on your clan chat, say for other games, or for other purposes? Now, as a matter of fact, most clans do have multiple channels that serve separate purposes, such as member only channels, announcement channels. Now the second “counter argument”, it’s just a hangout chat, again, what is the point to having a hangout chat when the majority of the people in the hangout chat are from your clan/ex-clan/your clans discord server/other discord servers you are on with these people?
Not to mention, the more chats you are in, the more likely it is to be balancing multiple conversations at once. I literally spent 30 minutes last night arguing with tburn that he is ChemicalX while he’s trying to play the politician card and deny everything known to existence.
Now to answer the original question, “Why does everyone have a personal chat, and why is it stupid?”
I cant answer the first fragment, but I sure can answer the second one:
- It’s redundant to own your own personal chat when you are in all other personal chats, and all other clan chats.
- It can make a clan that you’re already in seem like its going inactive, when more users are on more personal chats.
- Will cause lack of unity within a clan, especially when there’s multiple chats with majority of people from your clan on there.
- There’s a private message feature.
- Lastly, there’s a private group message feature coming on discord, already on discord PTB…