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discord is a corporation 

the developer of discord.py is formally deprecating the project, and the only path forward would be for someone else to make a different version under a new name.

essentially, they've been in a constant battle with Discord staff and had their requests completely ignored, and with the latest changes to the API, they have lost all motivation to work on the project. because no one else they trust was able to take over ownership, they're shutting it down.

they made a big post on GitHub about it if you want to read the full story. it's a mess: gist.github.com/Rapptz/4a2f627

from what it seems, there's a good chance that a lot of major Discord bots will not work when the deadline in April 2022 comes by and Discord wants all the bots to switch to the new API. and there's not much you can really do about it

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey and thus continues discord making terrible decisions that will slowly push everyone off the platform

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey What's also "fun" is that if I'm reading correctly, this'll make bots like mine which attempt to appear more human by using phrases rather than commands impossible entirely, along with chatbots, currency/unit converters, and, well anything that needs to react to arbitrary text

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey how is deprecating API related to corporation? Idk what is their goal in this case but it just… happens.
I'm asking in good faith 💚

discord is a corporation 

@charlag basically it's them acting in their own interests to the detriment of the community

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey changing API is usually a long-time health on the expense of immediate pain but you are right here

re: discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey Did people learn nothing from Twitter when they did the same thing? Or pretty much all other proprietary social media services?

I have been burned on this more than once, and I have no plans to integrate with any other proprietary system unless someone is willing to pay me good money for it.

re: discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey I wonder if this will be the fall of github.com/sm00th/bitlbee-disc and related services . If so, well, there goes my ability to easily communicate with folks.

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey goddamn. gotta move to matrix a bit faster

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey Interesting the parallels with Twitter’s API and how they screwed developers too. Almost as if venture-capital-funded correlations are asshole or something.

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey * corporations

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey

> and there's not much you can really do about it

Sure there is: leave Discord. There are alternatives, and some do *not* view the user as a datapoint to milked.

discord is a corporation 

@clarfonthey Time to switch to Matrix. You can even bridge existing Discord rooms for seamless migration t2bot.io/discord/ #matrix #discord

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