So what exactly is discord? I’ll quote their site, discord is an “All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone. Stop paying for TeamSpeak servers and hassling with Skype. Simplify your life.” (no download required)
We have two main rules for joining our discord that we would appreciate if you would follow:
1. Your name shouldn’t be used in malice against another member.
2. NSFW names don’t belong in the general members list.
Now, let me quote me. Discord is like a glorious combination of social media, it has a rich feature list, clear voip, pleasing layout, easy to use interface and all around good style. We’ve all used teamspeak, mumble, ventrilo, razer and on and on.
While we’ve all had lots of fun on these systems, discord takes what these have done and is taking it a step further. Don’t like voice chat? No problem, want to see what people are talking about in a different channel? No problem, you can see any channel at any time and the server remembers the history. It offers private messaging. It supports a large set of emojis. It shows you what members are playing what games to help you group up with people that like what you like. It will offer an in-game overlay in the future.
Discord is currently still in alpha, works extremely well and new features are being added all the time. The developer(s) are very aware of features the community wants and we’re excited to be able to offer this experience to our members on PC, Mac, Linux (coming soon), Apple IOS and Android or simply use the browser version if you don’t wish to download it. It can be found here https://discordapp.com, If you want to connect with the browser version, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Starting at the top left, there is an icon that looks like a group of people. This is the private messages section of the interface. You can go here and click the + symbol to bring up a list of everyone you are able to message on Discord. This is also where you’ll go to check new private messages you receive. When someone sends you a new message or replies to an old one, you’ll see their picture pop up below this icon with how many replies that person has sent you. You may click on the icon of the person to go directly to that conversation.
So here we’ll go over the basics of discord, what means what and how to get around in the application. I’ll start at the top left and go top to bottom, then left to right until everything is covered. The layout is fairly intuitive and only a few basic things are necessary to get started.
Directly below the private messages icon is the server list, here you can see every server that you are currently participating on. The Oddysee community members simply use one server for all of their interactions. If you have used discord before or have joined a separate discord server, it will appear in this list. Simply click on the icon that represents the server you wish to speak in and it will load the channels and members of that particular server.
Text and Voice
To the right of the server list are all the text and voice channels on the server. You can tell the difference between a voice or text channel by the hashtag symbol. Our default text channel is #general. Below all the text channels are our voice channels, with our default voice channel being Lubby 3.1, simply click on a text channel to read what is being discussed in it, or click on a voice channel if you want to enter it.
Below the text and voice channels are your options. If you are in a voice channel, you will see a phone icon with an X below it. Click this icon to disconnect to voice. If you aren’t in a voice channel, you’ll only see, from left to right, the mute mic, mute headphone and mic, or options cog. These are fairly self explanatory, you can mute your mic only, or headphones and mic here, or go into the options window which will be featured in the next section.
Front and center you’ll see the main chat area. This is where the bulk of discord related things happen. In this section you can simply type, or paste links from music, video’s, web pages or images and it will load them in the chat. Note that only media smaller than 5mb will be preloaded into the chat. The server keeps a history of the chat that takes place so you can always scroll up or down to see what has been going on since you last logged in.
On the far right of the application, are the members currently logged into the server. You can see who is on, what community role they are apart of and if they are active or inactive. An active member will have a small green circle on their image, an inactive member will have a small amber circle on their image. From here you can click on a member to mute their voice or send them a private message. Currently there is no way to block a member from text in discord, the discord community certainly wants this feature and the developers of discord are aware of this and are working on those features (among others). Contact a community manager if you need assistance in discord.
You can mention a person by name, it will give them a notification on their application if they have notifications enabled, to mention someone simply type @ followed by that persons name. If you find that you have the ability to use @everyone in any given room, do not use it, this is prohibited from everyone except the community Administration level, you will get in trouble if you do so. For more information on the community rules, please visit this link.
Clicking the cog, or gear icon at the bottom of the screen (to the left of the chat area) will take you into your settings, from here there are a few areas I will take the time to point out. I won’t cover all of the settings, you can do so from the discord website, but I will cover some of the settings that might make your stay here more enjoyable. In the main account section you can choose your name, password or change your profile picture, pretty standard stuff. Below we’ll cover some of the more nuanced things about discord.
This is where you setup your headphones and mic at. If you’re mic doesn’t have any noise cancellation, please consider using push to talk for the input mode. Input sensitivity is how much noise (background or otherwise) has to be generated to trigger the mic. Try to move it up above the level of the television volume in the background.
The advanced tab is one of my personal favorites. There is a setting in here called attenuation. This automatically lowers other sounds on your pc when someone else keys their mic so you can hear them. I turn this off because I find it annoying and it makes it difficult to setup sounds on your pc if they are constantly changing levels.
Personally I only get notifications for @mentions and I turn text to speech completely off. Since I only get notifications on @mentions, I leave the message sounds checkbox checked. If I wanted notifications for everything, I might turn that off. It’s up to you of course. I find too many sounds and notifications distracting, but that’s just my preference.
Personally, again, I prefer the dark theme for discord, I think it’s more pleasing on the eyeball. Yes, singular. This agrees with me more in low light settings and again, just something I prefer but you might also want to see which one you like better. I don’t bother with the compact view as I like the style of the normal setting but it’s there if you want. We would like to thank you for taking the time to read this and hope you enjoy the Oddysee discord community.