Some users might have their direct messages closed, so the best way to get the attention of a specific user is by sending out a ping. This post will teach you how to ping someone on Discord.
How to Ping a Username on Discord
The first way of getting the attention of someone on Discord is by just using their Discord username or nickname together with an “@,” hard pings on Discord always start with an “@.”
It will look like this:
The easiest way is just to put @nickname in your message. However, you can also right-click on the profile picture or nickname of the person you want to ping. You will get a menu, and at the top, it says mention.
This is mostly handy if there are multiple people in the respective server with the same name or nickname, as it is allowed for two users to have the same name. When you type it out, it will give you a drop-down list of all the users with the same name, so you can make sure you ping the right person.
Another way to ping someone on discord is by replying to a message they have sent to the server. Discord will automatically ping the user that sent the initial message unless you turn it off.
How to Ping a Tag Role on a Discord Server
If you wish to ping multiple people but don’t want to ping individual people, you can also use the role feature to ping someone on Discord. This can be handy if you need multiple mods quickly, and this way, you don’t have to go around pinging individual mods. Moderators can also use this to send out notifications to a specific group. All members will be notified if they’re part of the group pinged.
Pinging a group will look like this:
Bigger servers will sometimes also have ping roles that people can give themselves, so they will only receive a ping for that specific type of ping. You can often see these in servers about a content creator; they will have a go-live role, new video role, or a role for any other type of notification.
Discord Ping Etiquette
There is also an unofficial Discord ping etiquette, although some servers will put the ping etiquette down in their rules. It mostly comes down to not ping roles unnecessarily or pinging a particular user excessively.
Many servers will also mute, kick or even ban you if you ping users or roles unnecessarily. As no one likes unwanted pings, large servers even turn off the possibility to ping certain roles, @everyone or @here, to at least keep some of the peace. Also, when you want or need to ping users, make sure you ping them in the correct channel.
Different servers will have different ping rules, so read these before you chat about and ping people on a server.
Types of Pings and Examples
There are various types of ping someone on Discord besides the two listed ping types above.
Soft pings pop up in phone notifications or on your desktop Discord app, but aren’t directed at a specific user. These are the notifications that someone has sent a normal text message in a specific channel. Some servers might have soft ping-specific channels, where these soft pings are supposed to be sent out.
This type of ping only shows up for people with the app running on their phone or computer desktop, so it will ping only online members. So if you need a quick response on a vote, for example, you can use @here to ping all the online members on your server on Discord.
The last type of ping is the @everyone ping; this is also one of the most disliked types of pings that are used on Discord, so if you want to use it, make sure not to overuse it. However, this is the ping you can use when you want to notify everyone on the server of something.
This can be an announcement or a reminder that is important for the entire server and will ping offline users. Since this type of ping pings everyone on the server offline and online, Discord will always ask if you’re sure you want to ping this many people in one go.
Some users might also have changed these ping notifications in their default settings, so they won’t receive pings on their phones or computer. Users won’t receive any pings if they put their Discord in do not disturb mode.
What Does Ping Mean on Discord?
You now know the different ways of pinging people, but what does it mean to ping people? A ping is nothing more than a notification; it can either be a pop-up on your phone or a notification from the computer desktop Discord app, which essentially means to be notified. As stated before, this can be a notification directed to you or a notification addressed to multiple people. Even instant messaging someone on Discord can be seen as one.