Discord said last Friday that it will shut down its Stage Discovery tool on October 4, less than six months after its official launch. Launched in June, Stage Discovery was designed to help users find their social audio rooms called Stage Channels.
Discord used the machine engine to select a list of channels a user might be interested in joining. Stage Channels have been a success, Discord says, but it's keeping an eye on Stage Discovery to assess whether it's really achieving its goal of helping people find a real community.
"In listening to our communities and administrators directly, we've learned that we still have a lot of work to do regarding server integration and moderation," Discord said in a statement announcing its decision. "We'll take some time to rethink the discovery aspect of steps and how we can better build a place that better connects people to the communities most relevant to them."
Discord says it will continue to invest in Stage Channels, adding several new features including the ability to schedule events, extra screening capability, and improvements to its moderation tools "to help moderators on Discord keep things organized and thus promote healthy engagement among their communities."
The truth is, more than a million Discord communities have used a Stage since Oct. 1, the company added, used it to record discussions, questions about anything, open mic competitions, art conferences and "discussions about what kinds of food ananas should be.