In May, Discord launched a brand refresh of sorts that saw the corporate roll out a replacement logo, color scheme, and new features. At the time, Discord said that chat threads – one among its most-requested features – would be arriving later within the summer. Fast forward to today, and it’s just like the big launch is here, as Discord has unrolled Threads during a new update.
Discord Threads can best be described as breakout chats that will help server moderators and users stop off-topic conversations from taking up. While Discord servers allow you to make a bunch of various rooms supported any topic you would like, it doesn’t take much for off-topic conversations or debates to derail the conversation, especially in larger servers. the answer to the present problem is Threads.
As explained on the Discord Blog, Threads are often posted as sub-rooms attached to a talk channel. This splits the conversation into a separate feed that permits on-topic conversation to continue as usual within the main channel. Threads are often created by highlighting a message and selecting the “#” shortcut that pops up, but they will even be created without a message prompt by selecting the “+” next to the chat bar at the rock bottom channel. Opening a Thread will create a split-screen view with both the Thread and the main channel it belongs to.
Discord says that Threads will be archived after a particular period of inactivity, which is about 24 hours by default. Boosting a server to level 2 will allow users to make private threads, which won’t be visible to the other members aside from the participants. However, new users are often added manually or by pinging them from the Thread. This may allow users to essentially create private group DMs without adding every other user as a lover first. Level 2 servers also can extend the inactive period before a thread is archived up to at least one week.
Moderators also will be ready to set permissions concerning who is allowed to make threads, use private threads, and manage threads. Once they’ve been updated, bots will have all the equivalent capabilities in Threads that they are doing in regular chats. Threads are launching today on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and web apps. For now, Threads are going to be an opt-in feature for Community servers, but only until August 17th, when they’ll go live for all servers no matter status.