The goal of this post is to provide a discussion about how to reorganize Discord and how SCRF can best benefit from Discord. Discord is meant to be a place to help this community grow and so your voice is an important part of how we shape that. Please consider this effort as a starting point of taking a collective approach to re-organizing our shared space.
Discord is a communications platform that integrates chat, media, events, live streaming & meetings.
A primary value add for SCRF is the Discord ecosystem of servers and their overlapping communities. It is common for users to discover related Discord servers to the ones they are in already. There are two steps SCRF can take to better take advantage of this ecosystem and bridge into adjacent communities.
First is to overhaul our existing Discord server channels, streamline events, use Discord to host virtual meetings, and integrate a variety of bots as needed to automate as much as possible.
Secondly is to bridge community outreach via ambassadorship, co-hosting events, specific channels for other communities, and lots of other ideas.
SCRF Test Discord
In order to achieve the first step with as little disruption as possible I’ve set up a test Discord server.
The SCRF Test Discord server is available for anyone interested in helping me beta test things. Just send me a message and I’ll invite you.
Once the test server has been approved the live server will be updated to match.
In this process existing channels will be moved and some collapsed. The intention with this process is to be as non-destructive as possible. If anyone has a particular concern about how this content will map please do reach out.
When a new user joins Discord they will receive a welcome message from the bot. The default role will be restricted to the #rules and #start-here channel only. This channel will feature a Reaction Role requiring the user to click a specific emoji verifying agreement to the SCRF community guidelines. Pretty much don’t be a jerk, we don’t want to add more rules. There can also be more roles a user can self assign.
New user welcome messaging is less about detail and more about the roadmap. Brevity is important at this step as it’s best to let the user choose their own path of interest and then reveal more granular content. Having pinned messages in each channel is one way to provide a call to actions that leads back to specific SCRF Forum endpoints for example.
It’s also important to have a very clear organization of content and community. It should be easy to at a glance see where people are talking, what events are coming up, what kind of content (webinars, forum content, etc) is available, and what stuff can be followed along to be notified about.
This will help create a comfortable landing for our traveling Discordians.
Community interaction on the SCRF Discord will drive engagement back to the SCRF Forum. It will help serve as a water cooler chat, a place for nebulous ideas to form and be shared. Less formality than the forum but still a place of serious discussion.
A primary goal of the SCRF Discord is to elevate discussions, ideas, and community engagement back to the SCRF Forum as quality and qualified content.
Discord is a great place to host less serious conversations that would otherwise might be considered a distraction on the SCRF Forum. These light hearted conversations can lead to real value and so it’s important that they are nurtured. These kinds of discussions take a life of their own within the community context of Discord and have the opportunity to mature. It’s a kind of digital equivalent to a water cooler chat. Remember those?
Threads allow multiple topics in a channel to exist and grow with their own dedicated space temporarily without having to commit to a new channel for the server. They make it easier to follow along with an unexpected topic that gains popularity and eliminates confusion when multiple, big topics are happening within a single channel.
As an open community SCRF invites anyone with a vested interest in a project to join the discussion. We do ask that when people post their own projects, or projects of interest, that they post research to qualify and validate the content. We should consider a dedicated space on our Discord for people who want to bring attention to their own projects.
The goal of this reorganization is to provide a clear structure of community and content.
The use of announcement channels allow users to subscribe and be notified whenever content from that channel is shared (published). This is a great way for users to find where content gets posted and stay up to date.
#Introductions are introduced as a dedicated space to allow people to introduce themselves. Currently, introducing in #general has a few drawbacks. It can be intimidating for new folks to interrupt and chime in and it’s hard to get a feel for the room. With a dedicated #introduction channel we can suggest a template of information to help get people going. Also, it will be nice to scroll through the #introduction channel and see who exactly is part of this community. As such, I would recommend that everyone in this community take the time to do so once this launches.
#research is the chatroom where the SCRF talk of this community is conducted. It’s a great place to post links and content from the SCRF Forum.
#opportunities chat combines the topics of SCRF mentorship, bounties, and grants.
#water-cooler-chats is the everything else channel. A place for casual but respectful posting. It’s comfortable here.
#events is a feed of events posted by a bot for all SCRF related events. This is an announcement channel.
#community a place for people to share content of any kind that would be of interest to the SCRF community. Anyone can post here.
#youtube, #twitter, #linkedin
Each announcement channel is an official SCRF social media end point. A bot will automatically post in the channel whenever content is added to the social media property.
This category is mostly the same as it is currently on Discord but changing each forum thread to an announcement channel.
A dedicated space to host all our virtual meets. Currently we use a mixed combination of Google Meet and Zoom. Discord is a great platform for virtual meetings and will further drive community building on Discord.
There will also be further categories for internal use defined by user roles.
In order to better provide a clear taxonomy of content to the community of SCRF it would be useful to have dedicated Categories for events that SCRF attends such as ETH Denver. Around the time and during the event, the specific event channel can be moved up to be high on the Discord list of channels - probably at the top. This will help capture and organize the energy and ideas around that event year over year. It is common for Discord servers to have many Categories of content. Ours will certainly grow over time.
SourceCred is a Web3 based tool for communities to measure and reward value creation. It features a plugin for both Discourse and Discord. It will enable actions taken within Discord such as reaction roles or chatting to award Cred, the token of SourceCred. This will help demonstrate a way in which Web3 can touch both our Discord and Discourse community.