Exclusive: Discord is getting threads – this is what it looks like

Update: We added a video of the Discord threads — embedded via YouTube below — in action, and it looks sleek.

The discord continues to grow and grow, especially as its user base grows during the pandemic, and the app is finally adding threads – we just don’t know when.

The Discord Threads update is still in its early testing phase, and it’s being phased out right now for bot developers to make sure their work is consistent whenever the feature actually launches.

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According to the Discord Threads developer documentation, they are meant to be temporary sub-channels that should help people keep up with conversations across busy channels.

This is in contrast to the answers, which was a feature added back in November 2020. While these help a bit to keep the conversation going, when 30 people are talking about different things, it can still be difficult to keep track of the conversation, and it looks like the Discord Threads feature can counter it. should do.

We don’t know when this feature will go live, as right now it is limited to bot developers with less than 5 users and 1 bot server. We’ve contacted Discord for comment on when to expect this feature, and we’ll update this story if we hear anything.

how does it work?

I got invited to a test server for this feature, and I played around with it a bit. The way it works now – and again it’s in an early testing phase – is that you can mouse over a message in a channel that has thread enabled, and there will be an icon that looks like a speech bubble on the lower right. Looks like a hashtag with corner.

Click on it, and you will be taken to a new thread window. There you can name the thread and choose how long it should be before it is automatically archived. The longest period you can choose right now is one week, which means conversations older than this will be archived. However, admins can undo this at their discretion.

I only tested it on desktop, so I can’t say how it will work on mobile right now, but it will open on the right side of your Discord window so you can see the thread next to the main chat. However, if you accidentally turn it off, don’t worry. Below the main channel where the thread was started, you’ll see a directory of threads that you can easily navigate to the conversation you were looking for.

Discord just released a quick video for developers that gives a good idea of ​​what it looks like in practice. And, hey, walking in the park Does Gags.

How does it matter?

If you’re part of an active Discord community, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes things can get a little… out of control. I know when I’m trying to talk with friends in my Final Fantasy XIV community, especially when, say, a new expansion is being announced, hundreds of messages about a variety of different topics can go through. Huh. Threads should fix this.

Especially if you’re trying to organize an event, or say, a raid in Final Fantasy XIV, and you have a bunch of people having irrelevant conversations, it can be easy to lose details in the chaos.

There are also conversations you’ll want to revisit from time to time. One thing I love to do is talk about a new movie or TV show, and come back to it when I have new ideas or whatever. With threads, that conversation is pinned at the bottom of the channel, so it’s easy to go back to it after the main Discord channel is full of hundreds of other messages.

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