@selfisekai gotta work on it, then!
Whatever the pros and cons for relatively technical users, the discord audience don't care.
They want integrated voice, chat, and fun social spaces with minimal cost, financial and effort. IRC will never be that, and that's why discord has absolutely smashed IRC/Jabber and TeamSpeak/Vent/Mumble use in gaming.
@ocean @lumi by a good alternative I meant really good. look at the discord, with avatars, emojis (including custom guild-specific and even animated for paid users), playing statuses, images, videos, rich embeds, easy http/websockets api for bot developers, one account for everything, chat history, voice chats...
I could say many more advantages for user. Matrix is much better for it, but still lacks some more features, fully functional clients and servers.
I agree IRC is a very good thing, now we just need a Discord-like app that's as good but like GNU (using IRC or XMPP for text, and other stuff for voice and all)
Until then I'll keep using Discord