One of my biggest ongoing challenges is giving my community -both Patrons and not- an awesome place to connect with one another. Currently I use a private facebook group, which is the best solution I’ve found.
I’m not sure why Patreon chose to go with Discord, over Slack or another integration. I suppose Discord is very popular among the gaming/twitch crowd?
I’ve tried setting up my own Discord and got lost in the complexities within a short space of time.
Currently I’m debating whether or not to create my own forum on my website, which would keep everything under my umbrella, and also not be one more app for my community to install.
Saying all that, I’d much rather have the community chatting and connecting directly on Patreon. I don’t know if it’s in the pipeline, but a truly in-house community forum function would be amazeballs.
Anyways, for now I’m just leaving the facebook group, as most -though not all- of my patrons do use facebook, whereas a very small percentage already use Discord/Slack/insert random chat room name here.
Let me know how it goes, I’d be interested to re-look at Discord in the future if I can make sense of it!