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If a 8 years old child can use Matrix perfectly for their friends and is not a gifted child, your friends should be able to use it too.
However, I don’t know your friends.
Fair. I’m just unsure about how well they would take to wanting to move to Matrix. Also I have the issue of my own Discord server set up for my content creation. I’m not sure what I would do about that personally. I link to it from my other social media pages (that reminds me, I should link my Beacons page on Mastodon) and could ostensibly do something similar with a Matrix server (I don’t personally have any experience doing server management, but I wouldn’t necessarily be opposed to figuring it out with my Computer Science minor).
Discord Server != real server, it is just a community or space and you have spaces in Matrix too.
In the begining, you could bridge rooms between Matrix and Discord using https://t2bot.io.
Sorry about that, my apologies. I’ve been using Discord for like 6 years so I’ve gotten used to the terminology surrounding the platform.
I could looking into using a Bridge bot…I’d wonder about self-hosting my own instance. I don’t necessarily need to host my own instance of Matrix, right? I suppose there are certain things that hosting my own instance of Matrix would allow me to do, I’m just not currently in the right mind to come up with those. Neither do I really have the experience with server hosting as I said before.
Yeah, you don’t need to selfhost your own server if you don’t what or you can’t.
About the bridge, it is not just a bot because it has puppeting for Discord.
It creates puppets which represent each user of your rooms in the other platform (either Matrix to Discord or Discord to Matrix).
It’s not that I wouldn’t want to or that I can’t; I’m sure I would be able to figure it out after reading some documentation. I have some very basic experience coding a Node.js server as well as other general-purpose coding experience, so I could probably figure it out eventually.
My main thing about hosting is that I’m not sure I would need to host my own instance because, at least in my head, the kinds of things that hosting my own instance would enable me to do I wouldn’t necessarily need since I’m just trying to create my own space for people to chat.
Although, I do enjoy the whole compartmentalizing part of Discord where I can go to one space to talk about movies, another to talk about music, and another for my D&D group to have our role-play and other session-related things. Is there a way to achieve something similar in Matrix?
That sounds really cool! I’ll definitely have to look into that tomorrow when it’s not almost midnight. Also since this is for my content creation, I set limits for myself for how much I work to try and maintain some kind of work-life balance and I’ve kind of already hit today’s limit.
It’s probably best if you download element/schildichat and check it out yourself.
I have actually downloaded Element and started to play around with it, but the only communities I found to join were pretty empty, only flooded with join/leave messages, and I didn’t necessarily see the platform being used well (at least in my opinion, I will fully admit that I could be wrong there). It’s possible I just have the wrong community. I’m going to go try and find a lemmy or FOSS related community over there to join. I feel like something under those two would be more active.