IFATC’s move to Discord and what it means for you

October, 28, 2020 by Kai Malcolm

As many people are now aware, the Infinite Flight ATC team has moved to Discord from Slack, for communications. Here are two reasons why.

  1. More features. Discord offers a range of features that are made specifically for gamers. Things such as user roles, welcome screens, advanced moderation tools, channel permissions and much more.
  2. The Slack Terms of Service requires that all users be 16 years or older. The IFATC has a minimum requirement of 14 years or older, and due to the fact that the audience of Infinite Flight tends to be younger, moving to Discord was considered to be a better option than increasing the age requirement to meet Slack’s requirements. Discord’s age requirement varies depending on the country you live in, but the minimum age requirement in the vast majority of the world is 13 years or older. The IFATC is an official entity of Infinite Flight, hence the move to remain fully compliant.

Big changes like this can be challenging but this will allow the IFATC to grow even further while providing more cool features. The team has now fully made the move and resumed smoothly without any disturbances to operations.

What about trolls?

It’s a common myth that Discord is full of troll users. Under the correct circumstances this is can be true to an extent, but well moderated servers that have strict rules on invite links are near impossible to spam or otherwise troll. The leadership within the IFATC have fully thought this through. Tyler Shelton, the ATC Community Manager, remarked that this move “was months in the making”. The IFATC remains to be a safe space for Infinite Flight controllers across the globe.

Will there be voice channels?

The IFATC plans to implement voice channels for controller communications while controlling, for use in training sessions, and testing in the near future. There has been no indication that the use of these voice channels for controlling or other uses will be mandatory and no member will be forced to use them. Text channels will still always be available.

Do I as a local trainee have anything to worry about?

No, nothing to worry about. You may want to check if you still meet the requirements to join because as I said, some countries have different age restrictions to use Discord. If you have any concerns or questions, contact your recruiter.

What is the IFATC Education Group doing?

As you know, our group uses Slack and will continue to for team wide communication. Since our writing and video editing team’s minimum age requirement is 16 years of age or older, we are in the clear. Our community was also in the clear, but we’ve decided to move to our blog to be able reach even more people. We’re happy to report that we’ve successfully fully made the move.

We elected to use our blog because it will allow us to broaden our audience even further with less friction to join in. There is no sign up process to participate, zero. There’s no age requirement. You can join in the conversation from any part of the world. It’s easier to share. Tons of positives with this move. We’ve successfully had two fantastic AMA’s on our blog to test the whole process, you can read them here and here.

For those that are in our Slack already, they will be allowed to stay and we’ve turned the general area into more of a VIP chatroom for our most engaged followers. Our Slack will now remain invite only for our team and group members only, for the foreseeable future.

Big bonus. Our group has now also created a Discord bot that you can add to your server. Go here to learn how to add our Slack or Discord bot to your workplace or server.

Kai Malcom is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. Kai is an IFATC Specialist, student pilot, web developer and third-party developer.