Discord servers NEED rules, and that’s not an open-ended discussion. Without rules, everything goes to hell…
So, here’s how to create fresh rules for your Discord server:
- Click on your server’s name
- Go to “Server Settings”
- Select “Enable Community” – “Get Started”
- Set up the community by clicking on “Next” several times
- Go to “Membership Screening” and click on “Set up Membership Screening”
- Under the “Server Rules”, click on “Get Started”
- Enter your rules and save them
Confused? You shouldn’t be! Just keep up with the steps outlined below and consult the screenshots if you can’t find a setting.
Let’s start, shall we?
First Things First: How Can You Add Rules to Your Discord Server?
Adding rules to your Discord server may seem like a hard process, but it really isn’t. Trust me (bro).
Plus, they’re kind of necessary if you don’t want your server to descend into absolute chaos (and get suspended by the Internet Gods).
Go through the steps below, follow the steps in the screenshots, and you’ll be fine:
1. Click on your server’s name and select “Server Settings.”
Your Server Settings can only be accessed by clicking on your server’s name (somewhere in the top-left corner of the Discord window).
If you’re having trouble finding it, check the screenshot above. Make sure not to open the Discord settings. That’s a different thing entirely.
Once you open the server settings, look below:
2. Select “Enable Community” and click on “Get Started.”
Once you’ve opened your server settings, you’ll see a list of options on the left-hand side. Scroll through them until you find the “Enable Community” option (it’s under the “COMMUNITY” heading – heh).
Select it to reveal a new interface in the middle of the page – the “Are you building a Community?” title.
Under it, you should see the blue “Get Started” button. Select it and see the next steps:
3. Click on “Next.”
Clicking on “Get Started” will open a pop-up window where you can customize your server… rules included.
On the first tab, check both to the “Verified email required” and “Scan media content from all members” boxes if you need these features on your server.
If you don’t, then simply ignore them. Less strict servers won’t use these, either way.
Then, select “Next” to move to the next phase. Easy stuff for now!
4. Select “Next” again
In this next phase, you’ll see two options – “Rules or Guidelines Channel” and “Community Updates Channel“.
Select an option for each setting (“Create one for me” is the default one – leave it as is if you want to). Check the screenshot above if this is not that clear.
I also recommend reading the information provided during the set-up process because you’ll better understand what those options do.
Click on “Next” to move to the last part of this guide when you’re done setting these up.
5. Check all three options and click on “Finish Setup”
During the last step of the setup process, you’ll need to enable three settings:
- Default notifications to Mentions Only
- Remove moderation permissions for @everyone
- I agree and understand
Check the second setting if you want only moderators and owners to have moderation permissions (a necessary option unless you want chaos on the server).
I also recommend checking the first option because it improves the overall experience for all members, which you should clearly care about.
Lastly, check the “I agree and understand” and click on “Finish Setup” if you’re done with this part.
But hold your horses, there’s more…. See below:
6. Select “Membership Screening” and click on “Set up Membership Screening”
After you’re done with the Community setup process, a new tab will appear in the server settings (check the screenshot above to see what I mean).
The “COMMUNITY” tab will have several new options, and one of them is the “Membership Screening” option. This is where you’ll be adding them rules.
Select it and then look for the “Set up Membership Screening” option (the option is colored in blue).
7. Click on “Get Started”
After you select the “Set up Membership Screening“, you’ll see a new page with various security steps for your server.
Scroll down until you see the “Set up server rules!” box. Inside, you should find the “Get Started” button in blue. Click it to finally set up your server rules.
Check the screenshot if you’re having problems locating the “Get Started” button!
8. Enter your rules and save the changes
This is where you’ll be adding your server rules, one by one…
Begin by writing a rule and then click on “Add a rule” to confirm it.
Keep doing this until you create a complete set of rules for your server. If you’re confused about which rules to enforce, you can look up examples on Google.
Or check out Discord’s example rules (see screenshot above). Almost all servers use the same outline for their rules (maintaining civility, mutual respect, restrictions on NSFW content, etc.)
Once you set up all the server rules, click on “Save” to save the changes.
And now to the (finally!!) last step in this (honestly kinda messy…) process:
9. Click on “Enable.”
You’ll now be taken back to the “Membership Screening” page. DON’T close this window yet. Look for the “Enable” button next to the notification that says “Your changes are saved automatically. Don’t forget to enable when you’re finished!”.
You must enable this option if you want your changes to be applied. Tedious, I know, but necessary. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Once you do this, your server will have a fresh set of rules, and you’ll have a bit more peace of mind, just like any self-respecting server owner should!
Now, if there’s something you didn’t understand or if you can’t find an option I talked about in this guide, let me know in the comments section, and I’ll check it out.