FSDL - Discord Tips
By Charles Frye
August 25, 2022
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Hey folks, Charles here, this video is an overview of the FSDL 2022 Discord for registered cohort members.

So we use the course website, fullstackdeeplearning.com, to release information publicly for folks who are taking the class asynchronously. And we use the Discord for synchronous events and communication with the paid and registered cohort members.

We've chosen Discord as our virtual space for this course. And while we have experience with the Discord platform and with online education in general, this combination is new for us. So we're trying out different workflows to find out what works best. As many of us learned during the pandemic virtual spaces for working and learning and socializing bring really cool opportunities, but they also bring lots of challenges and speed bumps.

So we ask for your patience as we figure this out. And we really truly value your feedback. So you can post feedback in the course-qna channel about the structure of the Discord, if you have some ideas for how to make it better.

Some of the info that I'm gonna share today is also on the course website. So you can find it at that link.

And let's start with a quick tour of the Discord interface for folks who are new to this platform. There's a server list all the way on the left hand side. That's all the servers that you are a part of. So we are the one with the stack of pancakes logo. And then right next to that is the channel list.

These are the sub pieces of our server. So they're kind of like, channels in slack.

They have different themes and purposes. If you can't tell what the purpose is just from the name of the channel, click on it and check this area in the top center of the screen that has a short description of what the purpose of the channel is. And then in the middle of the screen, that's the content.

The content of the channel will appear there. If you're in a voice channel, that's where the interface for working with the voice and video and screen sharing components of the channel will appear. All the way on the right hand side, you'll see a list of users, the course staff, bots that we use to automate features of the Discord.

and then also your fellow students.

You can post freely in lots of channels in the lobby category, like this ingress channel where new users appear, or you can post in the hello-iam channel, say hello to the other folks in the full stack deep learning community.

Cohort specific info is gonna be in the course-2022 category. the course-announcements channel is the most important channel to follow in course-2022. This is where we'll post major announcements about the content and schedule of the course. It's locked down. So you'll notice that you don't have permission to send messages in the channel and only course staff do.

So you can leave notifications and mentions on for this channel. You can trust that we'll be good stewards of your notifications stream. If you want more information about how to handle notifications in Discord, check out the guide on the course website.

And then in the top left, you can see there's a tab for events right here. these come from a Google calendar So you can subscribe to that calendar, if you'd like. There's a message about it in course-announcements, or you can just follow the events on Discord. You can click to indicate that you're interested here.

And it includes links to where the event's gonna occur in Discord or on another platform. We'll also post in-person events here when those happen.

There's also automated reminders about events that come in through the schedule channel. So you can follow that channel if you're interested.

From this point of the video, things are a bit more experimental and subject to change. If you notice anything that looks wrong, post in the course-qna channel, and we'll make sure that this video gets updated.

To help keep our conversations more organized, we're trying out thread only posting in some of the channels. So what this means is that when you type in a message and send it, it'll get automatically converted into a thread by a bot. So here's how that works.

So you'll see a thread's been created underneath the message in which the conversation can continue.

You can change the title of the thread with /title, and of course you can always open your own threads through the normal thread creation tools / thread and the create thread button at the top of the screen.

We've also got a couple of voice channels

where you can meet up with and chat with, share screen, talk about course material with your fellow students. They range in size from study rooms that can only hold up to five people, study spaces that can hold up to 10 people, and study halls that can hold lots of folks.

In order to help folks find people to work on course material with, to organize meetups in the study spaces, we have this study buddies channel where you can create a thread. to organize folks around working on the material together.