I am already a Discord user for gaming, one of the reasons I chose the platform was the ability to assure my members of absolute privacy from each other, I locked it down to prevent people being able to see each others emails or phone numbers.
Even then there were a few holes left open by discord on private messaging and I had one user harassing another who was female and turned out to have lied about her age.
In Scam Baiting we are dealing with some very serious people, they have built a criminal enterprise and have the money to “deal” with anyone if they can identify them. If you look at the sister videos of Jim Browning’s recent video where he had the video of the bosses, you might have seen the effective kidnapping of the employee who planted the RAT. The boss took control of the employees phone and messaged the baiter on Whatsapp with threats.
We have to assume that some members here are scammers or scammer bosses, so I was very disappointed to see the requirement to provide a phone number to join the Discord. I do not see any point in doing this as people can get fake numbers on Google Voice or other VoIP services.
Anyway, I would advise that you give serious locking of threads and and categories as you really have to be explicit with Discord permissions.
Let me know if there is any change to the policy of requiring phone number or email to join the discord of this website.