As our community grows, optimization of Discords could help expand its effectiveness as Index Coops’ primary collaboration tool.
I wanted to share this post to get the community’s views on “Discord Roles” and crowdsource ideas for how they could be used at the Index Coop.
What are roles?
Discord includes a powerful set of permission features that can be configured through the use of roles. Each role can be assigned to multiple people and each person can have multiple roles. Each permission setting has two values, “Granted” and “Not granted”.
How I would like to use roles?
I have admin rights for Discord and over the coming days am keen to establish a role and channel for “copper owls” - those individuals who have attended the New Joiner call, but haven’t completed their bronze owl quest. This would allow me to engage this group and stay connected with them after they have attended the New Joiner call.
Further opportunities to use “contribution level (i.e. Gold Owl)” as a role?
We could set up roles based on contributor status (gold, silver, bronze) as a broad proxy for trust. Greater trust (and so a Silver / Gold discord role) could give access to some none public channels, for example:
- Set up the Index Market Research group as a channel accessible to all Bronze Owls and above. This would give much greater visibility on what this group is working on, without making some of this sensitive and valuable data publicly available. It would also allow relevant community members to be tagged in questions and requests for input, OR
- Establish a Silver Owl channel to replace the current “Silver Owl Networking Club server’’. This would then automatically add new silver owls to the channel when their role is updated.
My concern with this is it would potentially dilute some of the conversation happening in public channels or direct messages. It would work best if these roles could be used to occupy the middle ground between Discord private DMs and fully public channels.
Keen to get your thoughts. How have you seen roles used well before? Do you have any ideas for how Index Coop could use roles going forward?
Based on the discussion below, I have pulled out some guiding principles for Discord optimization:
- All optimisation should increase transparency and visibility, not reduce it
- Optimization should not be “gatekeeping”