In the Warcraft3.info team, we've decided to make our Discord public starting from today (link at the end of the article). With this article I'd like to elaborate on this decision and explain why we have decided to do so.
You might be asking yourself, why do we feel the need of yet another Warcraft 3 Discord. We already have several awesome Discord servers such as Warcraft3United, Warcraft3 Gym and Back2Warcraft. I think this is a very fair question to ask. On the team we are well aware of the issue that this can cause: an unnecessary separation in the community. After having given it thought we have, however, arrived to the conclusion, that the upsides outweigh the downsides by quite a margin. So let's look at said upsides!
When putting in effort working on a website (be it development, writing articles, uploading replays, etc.) it can, unfortunately, often feel like one-way communication. Interaction with the users of the site is a big desire of ours. That's why you might have seen us eagerly encouraging you to write your thoughts about the article and topic.
But why is interaction so important? I think there are two main answers to this question:
The Warcraft3.info team has been working within this Discord group since the creation of the site. We figured that opening the group to the public would get us closer to our readers and allow for direct conversations and feedbacks, something we are somewhat lacking at the moment. I personally hope many of you will join and participate in this group!
As I mentioned earlier, Discord is already quite well-embraced by our community, which is why we have several different severs. Many of you are probably already using more than one of said severs. When we publish an article we want to notify all our regular users, so we often post it in a lot of different Discord severs. This is both a slight annoyance to people who gets the same notification on several different severs, people who don't care for our content and even ourselves. In the Warcraft3.info Discord we can keep these posts to one single channel, so people who wants the notification know when we release something while we don't annoy others.
We intend to keep our server quite simple, so as a baseline we only have three different channels:
Hopefully this article have given you some insight in our decision to go public on Discord. We in the team strongly feel that it is the correct direction to go.
I hope you want to join us on our Discord and help us improve the website!