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Alternatives to Discord

Slack, Skype, Zoom, Gitter, and Google Hangouts are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Discord.
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What is Discord and what are its top alternatives?

Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover.
Discord is a tool in the Web and Video Conferencing category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Discord

  • Slack
    Slack

    Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together. ...

  • Skype
    Skype

    Skype’s text, voice and video make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter to you, wherever they are. ...

  • Zoom
    Zoom

    Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems. ...

  • Gitter
    Gitter

    Free chat rooms for your public repositories. A bit like IRC only smarter. Chats for private repositories as well as organisations. ...

  • Google Hangouts
    Google Hangouts

    Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group. ...

  • WhatsApp
    WhatsApp

    It is a cross-platform mobile messaging app for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. It allows users to send text messages and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share images, documents, user locations, and other media. ...

  • Telegram
    Telegram

    Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type. It provides instant messaging, simple, fast, secure and synced across all your devices. ...

  • Google Meet
    Google Meet

    It is the business-oriented version of Google's Hangouts platform and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. It allows users to dial in phone numbers to access meetings, thus enabling users with slow internet connection to call in. ...

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Slack

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Bring all your communication together in one place
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PROS OF SLACK
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    Easy to integrate with
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    Excellent interface on multiple platforms
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    Free
  • 694
    Mobile friendly
  • 690
    People really enjoy using it
  • 331
    Great integrations
  • 315
    Flexible notification preferences
  • 198
    Unlimited users
  • 184
    Strong search and data archiving
  • 155
    Multi domain switching support
  • 82
    Easy to use
  • 40
    Beautiful
  • 27
    Hubot support
  • 22
    Unread/read control
  • 21
    Slackbot
  • 19
    Permalink for each messages
  • 17
    Text snippet with highlighting
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    Quote message easily
  • 14
    Per-room notification
  • 13
    Awesome integration support
  • 12
    IRC gateway
  • 12
    Star for each message / attached files
  • 11
    Good communication within a team
  • 11
    Dropbox Integration
  • 10
    Jira Integration
  • 10
    Slick, search is great
  • 9
    New Relic Integration
  • 8
    Asana Integration
  • 8
    Great communication tool
  • 8
    Combine All Services Quickly
  • 7
    XMPP gateway
  • 7
    Google Drive Integration
  • 7
    Awesomeness
  • 7
    This tool understands developers
  • 6
    Twitter Integration
  • 6
    Replaces email
  • 6
    Google Docs Integration
  • 6
    BitBucket integration
  • 5
    Guest and Restricted user control
  • 5
    GREAT Customer Support / Quick Response to Feedback
  • 5
    Jenkins Integration
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    Gathers all my communications in one place
  • 4
    Clean UI
  • 4
    Mention list view
  • 4
    GitHub integration
  • 4
    Excellent multi platform internal communication tool
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    Threaded chat
  • 3
    Easy
  • 3
    Visual Studio Integration
  • 3
    Easy to add a reaction
  • 3
    Easy to start working with
  • 3
    Timely while non intrusive
  • 3
    Android app
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    Perfect implementation of chat + integrations
  • 3
    Great on-boarding
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    Markdown
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    Message Actions
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    It's basically an improved (although closed) IRC
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    Great Channel Customization
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    Simplicity
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    Great interface
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    Eases collaboration for geographically dispersed teams
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    So much better than email
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    Intuitive, easy to use, great integrations
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    Community
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    Integrates with just about everything
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    Better User Experience
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    Very customizable
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    Great API
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    Flexible and Accessible
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    API
  • 1
    Multi work-space support
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    Easy remote communication
  • 1
    Get less busy
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    Dev communication Made Easy
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    Great Support Team
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    Targetprocess integration
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    Finally with terrible "threading"—I miss Flowdock
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    Complete with plenty of Electron BLOAT
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    Archive Importing
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    I was 666 star :D
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    Travis CI integration
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    It's the coolest IM ever
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    Easy to useL
  • 0
    Platforms
CONS OF SLACK
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    Can be distracting depending on how you use it
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    Requires some management for large teams
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    Limit messages history
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    Too expensive
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    You don't really own your messages
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    Too many notifications by default

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Lucas Litton
Founder & CEO at Macombey · | 24 upvotes · 195.1K views

Sentry has been essential to our development approach. Nobody likes errors or apps that crash. We use Sentry heavily during Node.js and React development. Our developers are able to see error reports, crashes, user's browsers, and more, all in one place. Sentry also seamlessly integrates with Asana, Slack, and GitHub.

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Yonas Beshawred

Using Screenhero via Slack was getting to be pretty horrible. Video and sound quality was often times pretty bad and worst of all the service just wasn't reliable. We all had high hopes when the acquisition went through but ultimately, the product just didn't live up to expectations. We ended up trying Zoom after I had heard about it from some friends at other companies. We noticed the video/sound quality was better, and more importantly it was super reliable. The Slack integration was awesome (just type /zoom and it starts a call)

You can schedule recurring calls which is helpful. There's a G Suite (Google Calendar) integration which lets you add a Zoom call (w/dial in info + link to web/mobile) with the click of a button.

Meeting recordings (video and audio) are really nice, you get recordings stored in the cloud on the higher tier plans. One of our engineers, Jerome, actually built a cool little Slack integration using the Slack API and Zoom API so that every time a recording is processed, a link gets posted to the "event-recordings" channel. The iOS app is great too!

#WebAndVideoConferencing #videochat

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Skype

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Voice calls, instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing
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PROS OF SKYPE
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    Free, widespread
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    Desktop and mobile apps
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    Because i have to :(
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    Low cost international calling
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    Good for international calls
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    Best call quality anywhere, generally
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    Beautiful emojis
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    Chat bots
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    Translator
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    Skype for business integration with Outlook
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    Not the Best, but get the job done
CONS OF SKYPE
  • 5
    Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
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    Not always reliable
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    Outdated UI
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    Birthday notifications are annoying
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    The worst indicator noises of any app ever
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    Finding/adding people isn't easy

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Dmitry Mukhin

Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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Mark Nelissen

I use Slack because it offers the best experience, even on the free tier (which we're still using). As a comparison, I have had in depth experience with HipChat, Stride, Skype, Google Chat (the new service), Google Hangouts (the old service). For self hosted, Mattermost is open source and claims to support most Slack integrations, but I have not extensively investigated this claim.

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Zoom

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Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing
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PROS OF ZOOM
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    Web conferencing made easy
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    Remote control option
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    Draw on screen
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    Very reliable
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    In-meeting chat is pretty good
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    Free
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    Pair programming sessions with shared controls
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    Easy to share meeting links/invites
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    Good Sound Quality
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    Cloud recordings for meetings
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    Great mobile app
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    Virtual backgrounds
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    Recording Feature
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    Other people use it
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    User Friendly actions
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    Reactions (emoticons)
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    Auto reconnecting
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    Chrome extension is great to easily create meetings
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    While sharing screen, you can still see your video
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    Mute all participants at once
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    When ending the videocall, everybody gets kicked
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    Different options for blocking chat
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    Easily share video with audio
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    /zoom on Slack
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    Registration form
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    Meant for business and education
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    Zoom
CONS OF ZOOM
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    Limited time if you are a basic member
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    Limited Storage
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    Hate how sharing your screen defaults to Full Screen
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    Quality isn't great (Free)
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    No cursor highlight on screenshare.
  • 8
    Potential security flaws
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    Onboarding process for new users is not intuitive
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    Virtual background quality isn't good
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    Security
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    Editing can be improved
  • 4
    Doesn't handle switching audio sources well
  • 4
    The native calendar is buggy
  • 4
    Dashboard can be improved
  • 3
    Pornographic material displayed
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    Any body can get in it
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    Not many emojis
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    Past chat history is not saved
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    Recording Feature
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    En In reality,the chat in the meet not is excelent,noo
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    Zoom lags a lot

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Dmitry Mukhin

Uploadcare is mostly remote team and we're using video conferencing all the time both for internal team meetings and for external sales, support, interview, etc. calls. I think we've tried every solution there is on the market before we've decided to stop with Zoom.

Tools just plainly don't work (Skype), are painful to install for external participants (Webex and other "enterprise" solutions) can't properly handle 10+ participants calls (Google Hangouts Chat).

Zoom just works. It has all required features and even handles bad connections very graciously. One of the best tool decisions we've ever made :)

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I want to host an online Jeopardy game with less than 30 participants. During each round of the game, I'll stream some videos. The point is to gather friends together to play the Jeopardy game and watch random stuff. Please let me know if there's a more suitable platform other than Discord and Zoom. Thanks, everyone!

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Gitter

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Messaging for people who make software. Integrated with your team, projects and your code.
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PROS OF GITTER
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    Github integration
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    Free
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    Markdown support
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    Markdown
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    Graceful integration
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    Project-oriented
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    MARKDOOOOWN
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    IRC bridge
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    Integrates with everything
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    LaTeX
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    Apps available for most platforms
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    Cross-repository issue reference
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    Github login
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    IRC support
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    My new fav'rite thing is on it
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    Very fast work
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    Very open
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    Now open source
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    Open source
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    Free unlimited archives
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    Open access (no invitation needed)
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    Single account for all communities
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    Free, open & free hosting
CONS OF GITTER
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    Sends data to US Gov

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Josh Dzielak
Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 19 upvotes · 405.1K views

Shortly after I joined Algolia as a developer advocate, I knew I wanted to establish a place for the community to congregate and share their projects, questions and advice. There are a ton of platforms out there that can be used to host communities, and they tend to fall into two categories - real-time sync (like chat) and async (like forums). Because the community was already large, I felt that a chat platform like Discord or Gitter might be overwhelming and opted for a forum-like solution instead (which would also create content that's searchable from Google).

I looked at paid, closed-source options like AnswerHub and ForumBee and old-school solutions like phpBB and vBulletin, but none seemed to offer the power, flexibility and developer-friendliness of Discourse. Discourse is open source, written in Rails with Ember.js on the front-end. That made me confident I could modify it to meet our exact needs. Discourse's own forum is very active which made me confident I could get help if I needed it.

It took about a month to get Discourse up-and-running and make authentication tied to algolia.com via the SSO plugin. Adding additional plugins for moderation or look-and-feel customization was fairly straightforward, and I even created a plugin to make the forum content searchable with Algolia. To stay on top of answering questions and moderation, we used the Discourse API to publish new messages into our Slack. All-in-all I would say we were happy with Discourse - the only caveat would be that it's very helpful to have technical knowledge as well as Rails knowledge in order to get the most out of it.

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From a StackShare Community member: “We’re about to start a chat group for our open source project (over 5K stars on GitHub) so we can let our community collaborate more closely. The obvious choice would be Slack (k8s and a ton of major projects use it), but we’ve seen Gitter (webpack uses it) for a lot of open source projects, Discord (Vue.js moved to them), and as of late I’m seeing Spectrum more and more often. Does anyone have experience with these or other alternatives? Is it even worth assessing all these options, or should we just go with Slack? Some things that are important to us: free, all the regular integrations (GitHub, Heroku, etc), mobile & desktop apps, and open source is of course a plus."

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Google Hangouts

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A communication platform
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PROS OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS
    Be the first to leave a pro
    CONS OF GOOGLE HANGOUTS
      Be the first to leave a con

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      I own an Escape Room. Since right now everyone is practicing social distancing, I would like to run my Escape Room games virtually. I would like to allow approx 4 users to log in to play. They can chitchat a few minutes before their game to get to know each other. Then once the game begins, I will introduce myself and give them the plot to their escape game. I will have a wide-angle camera mounted to the wall to show the room, and as the game master, carry a tablet or webcam around as players talk to me and direct me to show them certain items in the room, move in for closeups in certain areas, try lock combinations, etc. I will be their hands while they solve the puzzles. I am not sure if Google Hangouts Google Meet or Zoom is better for this. I did try it yesterday using google hangout meet and it was good, but I think there may have been a wifi issue where it was choppy. Just trying to figure out the best option. Thank you! Catherine

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      WhatsApp

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      A freeware, cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service
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      PROS OF WHATSAPP
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        Free
      • 2
        Easy to carry on with contact
      CONS OF WHATSAPP
      • 0
        Maximum to 8 person video call

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      Telegram

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      A cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service
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      PROS OF TELEGRAM
      • 13
        Lightweight
      • 6
        Great bot API
      • 6
        Free
      • 5
        Unlimited history
      • 2
        Can hide phone number
      • 1
        Media editor
      • 1
        Delete without a trace
      • 0
        Great bot
      CONS OF TELEGRAM
      • 2
        Notification customisation is limited
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        Requires phone number
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        No video call

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      Google Meet

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      A video conferencing app
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      PROS OF GOOGLE MEET
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        Free
      • 15
        Integrated with G Suite
      • 14
        Group video call
      • 10
        Gmail server integration
      • 10
        Good to make phone calls
      • 9
        Instant Messaging
      • 9
        Easy to add and remove contacts
      • 7
        Unlimited Storage (Premium version)
      • 6
        Record (Premium Feature)
      • 6
        Easy setup
      • 6
        User friendly mobile app
      • 5
        Accessible from the Browser
      • 5
        Saves the chats for future reference
      • 5
        Browser extension
      • 3
        No pornography
      • 2
        Cool emoji extensions
      • 2
        Meet has the best quality in terms of participant view
      • 2
        Google Meet is never buggy
      • 2
        Amazing captions
      • 2
        16 people show at the same time
      CONS OF GOOGLE MEET
      • 9
        Quality isn't great
      • 5
        Really high CPU utilization during video/screenshare
      • 2
        No client annotation on shared screen
      • 2
        Not great sound quality
      • 2
        Difficult to share video with audio
      • 2
        Needs to take measures to improve the ecosystem
      • 1
        Auto-added to G Cal invites
      • 1
        Needs better support and rollout process
      • 1
        No interactions activities
      • 1
        Overheat cpu on Android
      • 1
        No desktop client
      • 1
        No desktop client

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      I own an Escape Room. Since right now everyone is practicing social distancing, I would like to run my Escape Room games virtually. I would like to allow approx 4 users to log in to play. They can chitchat a few minutes before their game to get to know each other. Then once the game begins, I will introduce myself and give them the plot to their escape game. I will have a wide-angle camera mounted to the wall to show the room, and as the game master, carry a tablet or webcam around as players talk to me and direct me to show them certain items in the room, move in for closeups in certain areas, try lock combinations, etc. I will be their hands while they solve the puzzles. I am not sure if Google Hangouts Google Meet or Zoom is better for this. I did try it yesterday using google hangout meet and it was good, but I think there may have been a wifi issue where it was choppy. Just trying to figure out the best option. Thank you! Catherine

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