- The Stage Channels can come in handy for voice-based ask-me-anything (AMA)s, interviews, reading clubs or virtual karaoke.
- Stage channels will have stage moderators who can add, remove, or mute an existing speaker.
- Listeners will have the raise-hand functionality if they want to seek permission to speak on a Discord Stage Channel.
The growing popularity of audio-only platforms in recent times has seen companies like Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram roll out their own such spaces or channels. The trend began after the audio platform Clubhouse gained immense popularity when Tesla CEO Elon Musk posted about it on Twitter. Clubhouse CEO has noted that it will roll out for Android in the coming months. Now, Discord, the voice, video, and text-based platform, too has introduced its audio-only platform for community servers called Stage channels.
Discord has introduced Stage channels to make it easier for users to run audio-centric events. The Stage Channels are available for Community services and to enable a community on Discord, users will have to go on Server Settings > Community.
The Stage Channels can come in handy for voice-based ask-me-anything (AMA)s, interviews, reading clubs, or virtual karaoke. It will be like a podcast where the audience will also get a chance to interact. The Stage channels are currently live on all platforms where Discord is available including Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and other browsers through the web app.
A Discord Stage channel will enable users to have a focused conversation with select individuals to an audience of listeners, as Discord puts it. This is similar to how Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces work. The growing popularity of audio-only platforms has led many platforms like Instagram, Telegram, Twitter, and now Discord to create their own.
"Now it's easier to understand who's the focus of the conversation and who's waiting for their turn to speak," Discord noted in a blog post. Members from the audience can raise their hands to get into the "spotlight" and there are "stage moderators" who will help interested speakers get on and off the stage or back to the audience. Stage moderators have admin-like functionality and can add, remove, or mute an existing speaker.
Meanwhile, Twitter has started making audio-only feature Spaces available for more Android users. As of now, any Twitter user can join in on a Twitter space to listen to a conversation. However, only a select number of people can create their own space. A host could restrict space to only invited people or open it to everyone or the people you follow. While n number of users can join in and listen to speakers, at a time, only 11 people can speak in a Twitter Space. Twitter is also working on making Spaces available for the web app.