However, when it comes to most standard text channels, sometimes a conversation can get lost in the stream of messages that a large community server can often have.
Discord has an amazing solution to this problem: Forum channels.
In this article, we are going to cover everything you need to know about the Forum Channel feature in Discord, from what they are, how to add them to your community server, and some specifics as to the best way to set up these channels to facilitate discussions for all the users in your community.
What is a Discord Forum Channel?
A Forum Channel is similar to any Text Channel you see in a Discord server, with some meaningful differences.
First, only Community Servers have access to Forum Channels. To set your server as a Community, go to Server Settings > Community > Enable Community > Get Started section and follow the steps prompted by Discord.
Now that your server is a community, you can create Forum Channels.
Just like other text channels, moderators can set up which roles can interact with the channel.
However, unlike regular text channels, users can create separate threads for discussion. This allows for a lot more engagement and in-depth conversation since multiple topics and lines of thought can take place simultaneously without overlapping other ongoing conversations.
Users can jump to different conversations by navigating the list of topics in the forum thread.
Moderators can also set up Post Guidelines for users creating new threads to follow. This can help ensure the discussions in the forum post stay on topic and make the posts easy to navigate by other users looking to join in.
How to Set Up Discord Forum Channel In Community Servers
Now that you know the benefits of using Forum Channels and think they would be an asset follow these steps to create a Forum Channel in your Community Server.
Open the drop-down list by clicking on the server name and select Create Channel.
Select the Forum channel type in the Create Channel window, enter a name, and click the Create Channel button.
Your new Forum Channel is now ready and can be accessed through the channel list.
To move the new channel into a category that better suits the discussion, click > hold > drag forum into the proper channel category.
Note: you can also create the forum in the correct category by clicking the Plus (+) sign next to the category name
Complete the Get Started steps to customize your Forum Channel for the conversation you want to take place.
Setting up Your New Forum Channels for Organized Discussions
Making sure your forum settings are clear is essential for achieving the best engagement in a forum channel.
How to Set Channel Settings for Forum Channels
Aside from the guidelines you set out when you create a forum channel, additional rules, and forum structure options are available to ensure your forum channel facilitates organized discussions.
Right-click the Forum Channel name to access these channel settings and select the Edit Channel category.
Select Overview and scroll down to the bottom. Here you will see a few options that can be changed to determine how users can interact with the forum channel.
Best Settings for Forums
Creating a forum that is best suited for your server is ultimately up to you, but below, we will cover a few things you might want to consider when creating a Discord forum channel.