I remembered and tracked down this comment made by Matthew on HN 4 months ago - I’ve been trying to pay attention to pain points that prevent my friends from trying out federated services. He seems to acknowledge the issue / distinction between discord’s voice channels and what matrix is lacking:
And further down:
Thanks all for the responses - the whole “matrix doesn’t have voice channels” thing is much clearer now: it’s not the hard bit (voice/video conferencing!) but just the UX of how it’s hooked up. This we can fix :)
I’m not sure if there is anything more recent about it though.
I like this extension which works with a handful of big news sites: https://github.com/iamadamdev/bypass-paywalls-chrome - there’s a firefox build there too
This aged well.