I have just been introduced to a few hundred (maybe more) of Discord users that would like to break free of the constraints there.
These users are made up of academics that, for the most part, are not technically savvy. They have tried to make use of what is currently available to them with Discord. On the other hand, they are increasingly becoming frustrated by its limitations and the fleecing of monies in order to do certain things.
I've looked at their concerns and if I had better than a DSL connection to the Internet, then I would host a server my self and call it a day.
Do you have any initial recommendations for a platform that they could move to? Should I consider self-hosting more?