Discord is a (rather invasive if you let it) service that allows you to live chat and voice chat. It’s usually for gamers so you can talk to each other while playing, but this particular server is more of an adjunct to the Patreon account because the Patreon chat interface just plain sucks. They also use it for live streaming as they dropped Youtube as a service for that due to restrictions.
Patreon, you become a patron (older term was “angel”) where you donate to the artist. What they do with it to produce more content is up to them. If you don’t trust them or don’t see the content, you stop. I can see where it could become the “cool kids club” if the patrons are rude people. This one is really really tame to begin with and has open channels for people unable to pay through Patreon. A lot of the kids have even less money now than before covid, so a lot of former members are in the open channels. That cuts down on holier than thou attitudes a lot.
If you just go to Discord without a destination in mind, it assumes you want to set up a server. That’s why you see a blank screen probably.
But it’s a whole culture. I’m a little too old, but there are a few of us over 40 in the server and the youngsters think its fun to explain it all to us so it’s all cool. The format takes a lot of getting used to.
A line return is an immediate post. That’s the scariest. Which is why I was laughing this morning as my posts here were just sitting there doing nothing.
It’s actually been kind of fun.