Discord's Stage Discovery tool is being phased out, but Stage Channels are doing well, according to the company.
Discord announced on Friday that its Stage Discovery tool will be retired on October 4th, just six months after its launch.
Stage Discovery, which launched in June, was created to assist users in finding Stage Channels, which are social audio rooms. It culled a list of channels that a user might be interested in joining using machine learning. Discord says Stage Channels have been a success, but it is keeping an eye on Stage Discovery to see if it is helping people find community.
Discord said in a statement announcing the decision, "We have learned that we still have work to do in terms of server onboarding and moderation after listening to our communities and admins directly." “We're going to rethink the Discovery aspect of Stages and how we can better build a place that best connects people to the communities that matter to them.”
Discord says it will continue to invest in Stage Channels, adding new features such as the ability to schedule events, expanded screening capabilities, and enhanced moderation tools "to help Discord moderators keep things orderly and foster healthy engagement within their communities."
As of October 1st, more than a million Discord communities were using Stage to host ask-me-anything discussions, open-mic competitions, and art conferences, according to the company.