A post in your own Discord server outlining the server rules can not only help to keep server members in line, but also allow new members to clearly understand the guidelines of the community they are joining.
This guide will cover the basics of setting up a rules channel as well as a few options for server management to ensure that new members will see the post.
Creating a Rules Channel in a Discord Server
These steps will help you create a basic rules channel for your discord server.
Only you will be able to add rules in the rules channel
For the Desktop Discord Client
Click the arrow next to the server name.
In the drop-down list, click Create Channel.
Select Text Channel and type the name of the channel (ex. Server Rules).
Type in the rules for your server and hit enter
Click the gear icon next to the channel name
Click Permissions, scroll down to Text Channel Permissions, and select the X on the Send Messages option
For the Mobile Discord Client
Tap the three-dot icon next to the server name
Tap Create Channel
Select Text channel and type the name of the channel
Tap the checkmark in the top right corner
Type your server’s rules in the rules channel
Tap Edit Channel at the bottom
Tap Add a Role
Scroll down to Text Channel Permissions and select the red X for Send Messages.
Server Rules Template
Aside from some specific rules applying to your community, most people can agree on some fairly obvious guidelines
You can use this basic rules template to get started on your own server
- Be kind
- NO Hate Speech
- No Inappropriate Profile Pictures
- No Harassment or Stalking
- No Posting Accounts / Personal Information of other users
- No Discussion of Politics
- No Spamming
- Keep activities to the appropriate channels
If you have an issue with another server member, send a direct message to a Moderator explaining the situation.
Moderators reserve the right to kick or ban any user that breaks the rules.
This is just an example list of rules, so feel free to add rules as you like that fit your server or community.
This can include specific rules for voice channels, membership screening, where to send feedback about the server, or more specific rules about what kind of posts are and are not appropriate.
However, keep in mind that more rules are not necessarily better. A long list of much too specific guidelines may cause people to leave your community.
If you add rules unnecessarily, your moderators may have trouble enforcing them, as well as other members finding them hard to follow.
So try to limit your server rules page to only what is important to address.
If your Discord server is frequently accepting new members, the guide above may not be quite what you are looking for.
An in-depth application process that new members must complete gaining access may be helpful to keep your Discord server filled with the members you want.
Users Must Agree to Server Rules
To force new members to agree to your server rules you must have member roles set up.
This method requires a lot of manual work on the part of the Discord Moderators but can create a really organized server.
- Make the Server Rules channel available to be viewed by @everyone
- This Rules Channel should be the only Channel a person without a Server Role can access
- Include a step in the rules that requires the applicant to message a moderator
- The moderator assigns the new member a role that fits the membership status
Managing and setting member roles helps to keep a community server organized.
For more information and detail on how to create and assign member roles, check out our article How to Add Roles on Discord.
If you want an automated system for assigning new member roles, check out MEE6 – The Discord Bot. Their guides can get you started customizing your server organization.
Managing Server Settings and Member Roles
Managing server settings, such as where members can send messages and how much control your moderators have, can be really helpful to enforce the server rules without direct moderation.
There are quite a few options to look through, as well as specific options applying to user management.
In a community server, there will be an eventual need (as mentioned above) to assign different roles to old and new members.
How to assign these roles can be determined through membership screening or an interview process.