Discord to shut down Stage Discovery tool for social audio rooms


Discord, a Slack-like chat app, recently announced that its Stage Discovery tool will be retired on October 4, less than six months after its launch.

According to The Verge, Stage Discovery was launched in June to assist users in finding the social audio rooms known as Stage Channels. It curated a list of channels that a user might be interested in joining using machine learning.

Stage Channels have been a success, according to Discord. Still, the company is keeping an eye on Stage Discovery to see if it’s meeting its goal of assisting people in finding community.

“We’ve learned that we still have work to do in terms of server onboarding and moderation after listening to our communities and admins directly,” Discord said in a statement announcing the decision.

“We’re going to take some time to rethink the Discovery aspect of Stages and how we can better connect people to the communities that are most relevant to them,” the company said.

Discord has announced that it will continue to invest in Stage Channels, adding new features such as the ability to schedule events, expanded screening capabilities, and improved moderation tools “to help Discord moderators keep things orderly and foster healthy engagement; within their communities.”

According to The Verge, more than a million Discord communities have used the Stage as of October 1 to host ask-me-anything discussions, open-mic competitions, art conferences, and even “discussions over what kinds of foods pineapple should be on.”