Well, I did say that I was doing just that haha. ..
But no, it would not be the same. Videos from YouTube are allowed because they are moderated here. YouTube is something known by parents and guardians, and if you go ask, I'm sure you'll find that many of the Aetherlighters here have restrictions on such.
Discord, however, is different. It does have the capability for private conversation, in fact, that's pretty much what it's meant for. So, this isn't show-a-cool-video-but-there's-a-chance-you'll-find-something-bad. It's introduce-a-tool-that-can-be-dangerous. I know all this because it has HAPPENED. Not on the World Journal or the Washington Post, but to people I know in real life.
Besides, YouTube videos have been posted by moderators before. I don't see any of them posting links to Discord server. Is Discord something that you've gotten express permission for? Or is it just something you think can help? Because, from past experience we all here know, it's that the staff can't have places with the potential for unmoderated chat. No matter how safe or "trustworthy" whoever's in control of it may be.
Again, this is setting an example. If you let people know that having safe and moderated servers on Discord is okay, how long is it going to be before someone else gets the idea that they want to get some more popularity by making their own server. It's only natural that, eventually, one of them is going to be not so safe. What will you tell them? That only you can make Discord servers? Only you can post the links? That seems a bit restrictive for something you recommended in the first place, doesn't it?
Point is, and I won't restate it, Discord and things similar to it have much potential for good. But just as much for bad. And if you can't control people, how would you control things if something bad really did happen? That would be on you because it wasn't the Aetherlight staff who okay-ed a Discord server, it wasn't them that started it. People will be treated accordingly for what they do, because that's what they did. But I can tell you from experience that parent's don't usually just stop at punishment, they go forward and take away what was causing the problem and possibly more. Is that going to be Discord? Is that going to be the Aetherlight itself?
And on the slight chance that the blame is put on you- it's not going to look good when someone says "That Aetherlight moderator posted a link to something that eventually got my child hurt." Not good, at, all. Not for us, not for them, not for you, not for Aetherlight.
I don't plan on posting any more about this here, if I have to, I will, but if possibly, let's just let this stop here. And, hopefully, this will stand to be a warning (even a forewarning because I've seen this before), so that maybe you'll think twice before opening the community here to things that can get out of control.
If anything, I think we should get @Coop_Blimppenny or @Anakin_Steamwalker to have the final word about it.