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Discord has a pretty indepth permission system that allows per-channel/per-user setup.

If a server allows a user to view the message history (which basically mean, when you enter the channel, you can see previous messages and scroll up), then yes, that user can write a bot to save all the messages. I don't really see what the issue is here.

That to me really is one of the main reasons I prefer Discord to IRC. It's the fact that you can join a channel from any device and see past conversation. But of course, if for security reasons you don't want that, you can very easily disable message history and have it act like IRC does.

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