Discord with a Side of Salt
So when I was looking through this website, I wanted to make sure that I gave a solid review about how I feel about Discord.
Discord is really good. No joke, it is probably the best thing to ever come out. Does it have it's downsides? Yes, not every program is perfect, but before I get into that, I wanted to talk about the good things.
1. Discord is something everyone can use.
Discord promotes gaming activity, which is completely understandable considering that a lot of online discord groups are comprised of gaming content; however, you can use the app like if it was just Skype. Discord not only allows you to chat through text and voice-chat, but it also allows you to share your computer's screen and computer's camera (if you have one). I'm also able to stream an app so it also plays the audio from the application I'm streaming into my discord call (you have to be in a call in order to stream/share screen).
2. Discord is better than Skype.
Skype is a more kid-friendly platform, but there is a reason I pick Discord over Skype. 1) it allows you to stay in calls when someone leaves. Skype has a very big issue where if you get off it by pressing the red button, everyone in the call leaves. That's a very irritating issue, but Discord allows you to join and leave a call with ease and not disrupt anyone else in the chat. 2) You can join communities. Skype is mainly used to chatting with close ones and friends. That's good, but Discord allows you to chat with full communities that have interests in things you like (in the case that you found a Discord server with things in common). You want to join a group for a game you like? There's probably a Discord group already made for fans and you can join it, chat with others, and share your interests.
There are things that I do like Skype having that I wish Discord did, one of which is keeping track of how long you've been in a call (on mobile, it does show the time length of the call, but not on PC).
3) Discord has more variety of things you can do.
Discord Nitro, not a big fan of it myself, but is a perfect upgrade to your account. It allows you to have a .GIF image as your profile picture, allows you to use custom animated emojis, allows you to make your own custom emoji, increases the maximum capacity of dropping an item on your PC into discord that's bigger than 8MB (It can go up to 50MB with Nitro), and much more.
Now are you personally scared of your child being witnessed bad things on Discord? Not a problem
4) Discord has direct messaging blocking.
You have the choice of "Keep me safe" which scans direct messages from everyone and filters any kind of bad pictures sent to you. Next is "My friends are nice" which scans direct messages from anyone that isn't your friend. Your friend can send bad pictures, but outsiders can't. Now there is the "I live on the edge" which the name does have a understanding child. Once on, it does not scan for anything that is sent by any user, either it be friend, or some random person that's just sending you a meme.
5) Discord is for laid back people.
The Discord team is very laid back with how they manage Discord. The updates on the phones always have nods of what is considered "teenager talk," the "I live on the edge" is a big giveaway of how less they could give a damn about running the platform. They can be serious, but not CEO Business serious.
Okay so now that I've gotten all that out of the way, let's dive into the things that makes Discord not a great app.
1. Discord takes up a lot of CPU.
If you are on your laptop right now and talking to a friend while sharing your screen, go to your control panel and see how much CPU is being used, I guarantee that Discord is taking all of it away. Why? Both talking to your friend and your screen share takes up memory on your PC, you can't do anything about it. Is there a way to minimize this? You can decrease the amount of apps that are open on your PC, and decrease the amount of screens that are being shared at once. This CPU usage doesn't destroy the computer, it only makes it run a little slower, and increase the sound of the fan on your PC.
2. Discord doesn't minimize cursing.
Now yes, cursing is allowed in general because of one of the first amendment's laws: freedom of speech. It does not matter if you are a Christian, people can speak against it. It's called "living." Now with Discord, the fact that you can't censor some words is pretty ridiculous, but is there an easy solution? Yes. Stop talking to whoever the hell is sending the messages in the first place. If it's a community Discord, leave it, or mute it so you don't get messages from them.
3. Censoring bot is not always good.
Believe me, you don't know how annoying it can be when you get bombarded with messages that can be explained with a simple gesture with your hands, and sometimes, the censor bot doesn't detect it. It even sometimes blocks images that aren't even inappropriate. I don't know why this is, but it's apart of the system.
(Parent talk) Now if you're proceeding with caution about installing this app because of this because you don't want your kid to be seeing salad tossing, there is something on Discord servers that says "Not Safe For Work (NSFW)" before opening it. It'll ask if you're over 18, if you're not, then don't click "continue" or whatever it says. If you are, then continue with caution. I've been on servers with some really messed up stuff that could be considered bannable by the Discord admins.
So here begs the question: should you use Discord?
Discord might have things that can be bad, but they are very avoidable at best and should be taken precautions when using it. Reminder: Discord is a platform that allows you to talk online, if you don't like how people talk on Discord, you don't like the internet. If you're that scared of being exposed too much, use Skype. It's as simple as that.