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Implement private chosts / direct messaging

I'm not really picky on how this is implemented but not having any sort of private/direct posting option on cohost seems like a glaring omission. All I want is something that will let me send my Discord information to someone if I have to.

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A simple direct messaging system would definitely be nice, especially for creative types

Tricky situation. On one hand, I totally get why they're averse to implementing it- on the other, like people have said, I don't want to just throw my discord handle out there. The closest I've been able to get is by messaging the other person my discord handle via twitter dms

Hmm, why a strong opposition? But honestly that might work for me too. Discussion can happen in comments and then you'll politely say you initiated some sort of silent handshake procedure and when you've both hit the little button on each-other's accounts you both get the contact info, or something.

as a recent signup (signee?) of co-host i'll say this is the main feature absence that is stopping me from really loving the site as much as i want to - i love chatting with people one to one in private convos/group chats with friends and it's really not convenient at all to have to link to another platform (eg. discord) to message off-site, particularly when certain people don't have their other socials connected, or might not even have those socials at all. sure, messaging has its problems, but to me it feels like it's a common staple of basically every platform for a good reason. just my two cents.

the new feature with the contact info list solves that problem – you can put your discord info there and make it only visible to people you follow, for example. It's on the edit profile menu.

 ^ you can also use the new ask box system, assuming the person you're sending stuff to decides to enable it.

 This shit sucks. If I want to become friends with someone here, my options are A. go to tumblr, B. dox my discord or C. get fucked.

I disagree with that Katie. You can control who sees your contact info in the contact section of your sidebar so that only mutuals can see it, if you prefer. I know people who have set up burner e-mails for Cohost. I would also encourage you to get Telegram for this purpose

What if I want to share that contact with only one person? And, using another middleman site just complicates things further. Now I would have to share my telegram first. That doesn't fix anything.

Well, there is a solution. You already use email and Telegram is a great service. Cohost is being developed and run by like, four people, who have decided that DMs are hard to moderate, pose legal issues, and take too much development time that could go to other things. Maybe in the future contact sharing can be run on custom whitelists. The site is young and small. Pillowfort I believe has DMs.
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