As PC said: "If you're NOT in the channel and want to get in, then you will need to speak with one of the people I previously mentioned." This means invites can also be handed out by Cat, Maslab, or Delta as well. It's a step up from one and only one person deciding whether or not someone can join the chat, at least.
And I wasn't there when the trolls invaded the Discord, but I've nonetheless read about instances of online chatrooms with public links being visited by less-than-savory people before, so to some extent I can actually understand where PC is coming from. Sure, this probably isn't the best option for keeping our community open and welcoming, but in light of recent events I honestly feel that it's better to err on the side of caution. A chatroom that can guarantee the locking out of bad people is, in the long term, actually a more welcoming option than one that's open at its own risk, at least in my opinion.
I disagree vehemently with the idea that any portion of the PPC community should be members-only. We are an open community. We welcome everyone who doesn't stir up trouble. We don't say 'no, you... more
I was present during the troll invasion; at first they acted just crazy, cracking lame jokes, so we (or at least I) thought "Oh, just one of those 'lol-so-random' newbies", not unlike a potential... more
1- Yes to all of that. The Discord should be wide open, for all the reasons you've stated. 2- Judging by the message I got from Discord itself, the trolls were posting links to child pornography. I'm ... more
I missed the words "right now" in PC's post. So yes, I read this as a permanent measure. I'm sorry for not reading more carefully. I stand by all my arguments, but they didn't need to be made, and... more