Serious question & seriously not trying to troll: how come the Ethereum community likes Discord so much?
It seems like an anti-thesis to the mission and ethos of Ethereum … Discord is closed source software, they discourage anonymous usage (request phone number, ban VoIP numbers, ban people who use Tor, ban certain burner emails, …), they discourage development of alternative open source clients (it’s against their ToS and there have been many instances of Discord bricking alt-clients and banning their users), etc.
It seems like the exact opposite of what an “open, permissionless Internet Money / world computer community” would want to use. Yet even the technical conversations take place on Discord and people in the community are virtually expected to have a Discord account if they want to participate in daily matters.
Interestingly, certain other cryptoasset communities (e.g., Bitcoin / Lightning Network, Monero, …) avoid Discord and have chosen open/free alternatives (e.g., Matrix, Telegram, or even IRC).
So, how come people here don’t drop Discord for something more “free”? How could it even get so big in the first place?