Community Building August 1, 2020

Discord vs Slack for building my own community?

John Yeung @jhlyeung

I am looking to start my own community. Free for now, but planning on charging for access at some point.

Would Slack or Discord be better suited for this?

In my research I found sites like Launchpass that looks like it can take care of the charging part.

Also looked into other platforms like Mighty Network, but it seems a little heavy for now.

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    I actually asked a very similar question here recently. You might find this thread useful: https://www.indiehackers.com/post/discord-vs-slack-vs-discourse-where-do-you-build-your-community-6e98ba658e

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      Thanks! That is helpful :)

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    The only thing discord is missing is threads. In my opinion it is much more usable than Slack. If a community is on slack, I am very unlikely to use it.

    I'm a developer and a gamer though so I lean towards discord heavily. I think just ask yourself where would your average member most likely already be ? Slack or Discord ?

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    I'm trying slack for xoxo.vc. I use slack for my day job and it's great. But for group chats, I'm not sure if I'll stay on it long term. We put 5-10 people in a single channel (for the 30 day bootcamp) and have shared general channels.

    • main channels quickly become flooded / useless / good stuff get's lost quickly
    • threads vs everything in the channel is kind of annoying for people (should I comment in the main thing, start a thread?!?)
    • people that come into a channel late have no good way to "catch up" besides doom scrolling back in time.
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    I have been through a similar struggle. Penned down my thoughts on Slack v/s Discord for building a learning community here : https://medium.com/novasemita/online-learning-communities-slack-v-s-discord-9f290a69f51a

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    I wonder why Twist is on nobodies radar. It‘s a Slack alternative that fixes the broken parts. Threads are in the center of each conversation. It helps you to keep context and focus on the conversation. Something I really appreciate.

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    Good question @jhlyeung. I recently made a post about community tools that you might find helpful Here. You might find it helpful.

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    Telegram.org. They got more of a professional appearance and very clean UI compared to Discord and a bigger userbase than Slack. You can create public/private groups, bots, and announcement / blog channels.

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    Hey, @jhlyeung I am working on habitate.io, you can test our product new UI at community.habitate.io. Would love to join hands with you and build a community for you, let me know what you think. Thanks.

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    @jhlyeung - outside of Discord, have you looked at:

    Xenforo
    Peerboard
    Tribe.so
    Vanilla Forums