Discord, a Slack-like chat app, recently said it was going to shut down its Stage Discovery tool on October 4, less than six months after it launched. Launched in June, Stage Discovery was designed to help users find their own social audio rooms called Stage Channels. It uses machine learning to generate a list of channels that the user might be interested in.
The Stage channels have been a hit, Discord said, but it is eyeing Stage Discovery to evaluate whether it is fulfilling its goal of helping people find community.
“In listening directly to our communities and administrators, we have learned that we still have work to do regarding server onboarding and moderation,” Discord said in a release announcing the decision.
“We’re going to take some time to rethink the Discovery aspect of Stage and how we can better build a space that connects people to the communities most relevant to them,” the company said.
Discord has said it will continue to invest in Stage channels, which will include a number of new features, including the ability to schedule events, additional screening capability and improvements to its moderation tools, “to help moderators on Discord keep things organized and to help promote healthy engagement within their communities”. “
With more than a million Discord communities running a stage as of October 1, the company has used it to host Ask Me Anything, open-mic competitions, art conventions, and even discuss “pineapple-type foods.” done for.