I totally see the point of the other commenters here. There is value to staying pure/true to the cause, so to say
But I wanna throw in that especially right now you could totally argue that this choice of an additional platform is in line with Frameworks mission on the aspect of outreach.
Without (new) people getting to know (and engaged with) the company and its product, Framework won’t go far.
It’s not even about open alternatives providing a worse experience per se than commercial platform XYZ - but their userbases are comparatively tiny and made up of people who more are likely to (get to) know Framework anyway.
The product itself is so obviously trying to be something anyone could by, as in not only the people who already care a huge amount about right to repair etc. And I really like that, because it gives me a bit more confidence in the potential and longevity of the company.
Thus to me it seems consequential that the community management also adopts an approach where (at least in the beginning) you try to find some acceptable compromises to get the message out there.
People are just more likely to join a new server/group/whatever on a service they’re already using than setting up with a totally new network.
Simple platform economics - unfortunately, as I totally see why in a perfect world open alternatives would be better. But having some professional experience with such decisions myself, there might also be more reasons why Discord might be especially interesting for the Framework team like e.g. targeting a different demographic than the one that is likely to participate in this forum.
Although I have it easy on this topic 'cause I use Discord, based on the last few months I’d say Framework has probably earned some trust that they at large will actually practice what they preach.