Discord is a freemium proprietary chat room program available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. A Discord server contains both text and voice channels used for real-time discussions and to share other forms of media between the members of that server. Discord is similar to IRC in that it provides live chat capabilities with other users.
The Wikimedia community server is used for English discussions about Wikimedia projects in general. There are dedicated channels for Commons, Meta, Wikidata, English Wikipedia, English Wikiversity, and Simple English Wikipedia, although discussion on other Wikimedia projects also often happens. Other servers are primarily divided by language and can be used to discuss Wikimedia projects in those languages.
The server can be reached through an invite link by clicking the
Join Server button at Wikipedia:Discord.
Wikiversity Discord Channel[edit source]
Creating a Wikiversity specific Discord server is an interesting idea, but will it actually be useful in application?
- @GreenTeaForPreT: Please expand on this idea. For those who are unfamiliar, what advantages does Discord provide? Does it have to be monitored in real time? Does it provide notices of updates or a daily or weekly digest, etc.? How do you see Wikiversity using Discord? -- Dave Braunschweig (discuss • contribs) 01:14, 12 November 2021 (UTC)
- Discord combines live chat features with voice/video in rooms all organized in various channels that can be sectioned off and moderated by whoever the creator of the server likes.
- There are options for automatic moderation (especially in regards to inappropriate language)
- And for more specific moderation, you can customize the permissions of your administrators through server settings (in the roles option) in order to do the occasional manual cleanup.
- In terms of notices for updates or a daily/weekly digest, I have seen people add automatic announcement widgets that are hooked up to their website of choice, that give updates on a certain topic when the page updates. (Which I feel would be useful in regards to Wikiversity news, or recent changes.) As a matter of fact if I am no mistaken, the Wikimedia server already does this.
- As for how I see Wikiversity using Discord, I have seen the platform used as an excellent place for collaborative learning, because of it's wide range of features, as a matter of fact the reason discord comes to mind so fast is because of a server called tutor together, which hosts 44,000 members last I checked, which served as a collaborative learning center mostly focused around helping your peers with your homework. And that server alone had a mainly highschool/underclassman in undergrad class focus, imagine how it could improve collaboration and communication on projects here.
- Wikiversity seems to have a mostly adult majority, with a large amount of administrators teachers or professors (especially here), I feel like being able to work with peers like that would be an incredible tool to improve coursework on this website as well as introduce a new generation of younger editors to this Wikimedia sister project. GreenTeaForPreT (discuss • contribs) 17:54, 12 November 2021 (UTC)
See Also[edit source]
- Should we have a Wikiversity specific discord server?
- Wikipedia:Discord (software)