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(Unofficial) Discord server rules suggestions list

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(Unofficial) Discord server rules suggestions list

Author's Note

I'll start off with letting you know this is a fork from someone else. However, for some bizarre reason, this is the one everyone finds, so I better get round to updating this. Credit to Cristiano#2233 for the original idea.

Also, I've had a lot of people saying the rules are to strict. If you pick all the rules here, you're right, it would be very strict. However the rules below are guidelines! They are there for you to pick the ones you desire, you can ignore ones you don't want. Hopefully they might help with rules you wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

I'm now also deleting messages that aren't actully feedback. Getting to many "This list is shit" from people who clearly haven't actully read it. Chances are those people also won't read this, but hey, what can you do. It's likely I'll shift this to a proper repo at some point just to get better control over the commenting.

Introduction

You just had a great idea for a new Discord server and immediately created it but now you need not only to set up the channels and permissions but also to grind through the daunting task of coming up with a list of rules.

There are so many things to consider, so many possible ways that people could ruin your server, and you also wonder about how you can design your rules in such a way that the members will be able to enjoy their time on your server but also not go overboard.

Wouldn't it be so nice if there was a template or a list of rules that you could quickly copy, paste and tweak? Fear not, you just found it!

With this simple list—which I intend to keep updating as I find good ideas on more servers—you can get some inspiration for your own server rules. Feel free to copy and modify. No crediting is required.

It's also recomended not to create to large a list of rules, as it can be harder to keep users attention, and they'll navigate away before finishing. If you need a larger list, try to write in a style that'll keep their attention. Not easy I know, hence the recomendation to keep the list shorter whenever possible.

If you would like to suggest more items or recommend a server that has a good set of well-structured, well-thought-out rules, feel free to leave a comment below.

Note: Some of the rules may sound contradictory. That's because I just made a list of all the rules that I could come up with. Whether you keep or take out any of them is completely up to you.

Note 2: A lot of the text chat rules can be used for voice chats as well, so I didn't repeat them.

TODO

  • Overhaul the below list.
  • Link/Make guides for server administration and staff learning tools.
  • Create some server templates to help people get into things and see how perms work.

General server rules

  • No blank nicknames.
  • No inappropriate nicknames.
  • No sexually explicit nicknames.
  • No offensive nicknames.
  • No nicknames with unusual or unreadable Unicode.
  • No blank profile pictures.
  • No inappropriate profile pictures.
  • No sexually explicit profile pictures.
  • No offensive profile pictures.
  • No membership granted to minors (under 18 years).
  • Moderators reserve the right to change nicknames.
  • Moderators reserve the right to use their own discretion regardless of any rule.
  • No exploiting loopholes in the rules (please report them).
  • No DMing other members of the server.
  • Rules apply to DMing other members of the server.
  • No inviting unofficial bots.
  • No bugs, exploits, glitches, hacks, bugs, etc.

Text chat rules

  • No questioning the mods.
  • No @mentioning the mods.
  • No asking to be granted roles/moderator roles.
  • @mention the moderators for support.
  • Contact the moderators under #channel for support.
  • No @everyone/@here mentioning without permission.
  • No @mentioning spam.
  • No sexually explicit content.
  • No pornographic content.
  • No NSFW content.
  • No illegal content.
  • No piracy.
  • No modding.
  • No homebrew.
  • No hacking.
  • No publishing of personal information (including real names, addresses, emails, passwords, bank account and credit card information, etc.).
  • No personal attacks.
  • No witch hunting.
  • No harassment.
  • No sexism.
  • No racism.
  • No hate speech.
  • No offensive language/cursing.
  • No religious discussions.
  • No political discussions.
  • No sexual discussions.
  • No flirting.
  • No dating.
  • No flaming.
  • No flame wars.
  • Agree to disagree.
  • No trolling.
  • No spamming.
  • No excessive messaging (breaking up an idea in many posts instead of writing all out in just one post).
  • No walls of text (either in separate posts or as a single post).
  • No CAPS LOCK.
  • No overusing emojis.
  • No overusing reactions.
  • No external emojis.
  • Keep conversations in English.
  • Use #channel for conversations in another/other language(s).
  • Moderators reserve the right to delete any post.
  • Moderators reserve the right to edit any post.
  • No advertisement.
  • No advertisement without permission.
  • No links.
  • No linking to other servers.
  • No memes.
  • No pictures.
  • No gifs.
  • No bot commands.
  • Bot commands only under #channel.
  • List of allowed bot commands:
  • No channel hopping.
  • No offtopic/use the right text channel for the topic you wish to discuss.

Voice chat rules

  • No voice chat channel hopping.
  • No annoying, loud or high pitch noises.
  • Reduce the amount of background noise, if possible.
  • Push to talk only.
  • Moderators reserve the right to disconnect you from a voice channel if your sound quality is poor.
  • Moderators reserve the right to disconnect, mute, deafen, or move members to and from voice channels.

Bot specific rules

  • No command spam.
  • No macros.
  • No hacks.
  • No adding/changing/removing commands.
@TenGrinches
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TenGrinches commented Oct 16, 2020

Thanks very much for the rules template :) I used it and tweaked it to better suit my own server. I will post it here with the edits, maybe someone else will make use of it too !! :)

Use the appropriate channels for posts and anything related.
We aim to be an ever-growing Community Discord, organisation is KEY to keep everyone connected as smooth as possible.
Any open suggestions you may have for new channels and additons to our server, message the MODS directly.

  • No spam *
    This includes obnoxious noises in voice, @mention spam, character spam, image spam, and message spam.

  • No unnecessary explicit content *
    This includes scary, gorey or sexual content. NO pr0nz / nudity, death, etc.
    NO Screamer Links for the love of god. Please. My heart can't take it anymore.

  • No harassment *
    This includes any form of harassment or encouraging of harassment.

  • No self or user bots *
    These are some cases that go against Discord Terms of Service.
    Any questions about the bots or any others not used in our Server please message the MODS directly.

  • No inappropriate language *
    While swearing is allowed, refrain from directing it at another member unsuspectingly.

There may be situations not covered by the rules or times where the rule may not fit the situation.
If you have a complaint about another group member, you may message either of the MODS directly.

We are a chill, and very easy-going group, and we actively strive to maintain the comfort within our "home".
Any issues related to spam, messages, or members specifically will be taken into action without hesitation.
Members causing problems will be "Warned" and then "Removed" if issues persist.

@ShockAwer
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ShockAwer commented Oct 16, 2020

That's better.

@arriianaa
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arriianaa commented Oct 24, 2020

@Ryonez
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Ryonez commented Oct 24, 2020

Lets try to keep it civil.

he could’ve named some type

Honestly, there's a limit to how far I'd go with offering suggestions. And that's what this list is, suggestions and ideas that you may not think of to give you a little boost at the start.
If you don't agree with having a complete no memes rules, and prefer something a little less strict you're completely able to.

Treat this as a starting point, and tweak to your hearts content.

@Syneiro
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Syneiro commented Nov 5, 2020

Rule Tip: As a professional server maker, keep your rules simple and short to read. Having long rules or having too many sets of rules, will discourage people from reading them.

@Syneiro
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Syneiro commented Nov 5, 2020

If you are making a hangout server or something of such sorts, having a designated memes channel is a requirement. You can even mark the channel as NSFW, so that others could know that some memes could be offensive. You could also write in your rules about the usage of memes, and the types of memes you don't want your members sharing.

@Ryonez
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Ryonez commented Nov 5, 2020

I've added in a bit about trying to keep the rules list shorter, as the idea does have merit. I'll leave out expanding on the rules as that's something for the person using the rules to do. This is more of a short quick start/reminder list.

@lovertown
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lovertown commented Nov 7, 2020

Oh damn, thanks for the list! This is super useful fo Discord servers! 💬

@TempestWallflower
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TempestWallflower commented Nov 11, 2020

I think it's amazing! All of these rules really do help create a starting point for beginners in search of assistance. You've certainly helped me, so hopefully that gives you some peace of mind.

@Syneiro
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Syneiro commented Nov 14, 2020

Another important thing to keep in mind, your rules channel should look appealing. No one likes looking at a messy channel. You can use Discord's markdown language, or embeds with bots to write fancy rules with. More people will read your rules if the channel is well made.

@Syneiro
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Syneiro commented Nov 14, 2020

You can also mark a memes channel as NSFW if you have a memes channel, as some memes can be offensive or disturbing to some. This way, you won't have to punish users for sharing memes as strictly.

@PrinceSimp
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PrinceSimp commented Nov 23, 2020

Can i use this?

@Ryonez
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Ryonez commented Nov 23, 2020

Can i use this?

Of course, it's what it is here for!

@AlanCh4n
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AlanCh4n commented Nov 24, 2020

"No memes"

xD

@SheepCommander
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SheepCommander commented Nov 24, 2020

This is great but the comments gave me cancer holy fuck

@TempestWallflower
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TempestWallflower commented Dec 1, 2020

Ghost-pinging is annoying as hell, haha.

@samkovaly
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samkovaly commented Jan 4, 2021

Guys I think this list is a joke lmao. Obviously sarcastic.

@Mahund
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Mahund commented Jan 9, 2021

Thanks for you fork!

@SheepCommander
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SheepCommander commented Jan 13, 2021

Guys I think this list is a joke lmao. Obviously sarcastic.

I can't tell if you're being sarcastic yourself but no this is the comprehensive list of every possible rule, but it's not recommended to use all of them. Pick and choose etc.

@pokemon-devteam
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pokemon-devteam commented Mar 7, 2021

Confused why there's a no minors rules as servers are generally meant to be SFW by default.

@Ryonez
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Ryonez commented Mar 7, 2021

Confused why there's a no minors rules as servers are generally meant to be SFW by default.

Not all are though.

@pokemon-devteam
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pokemon-devteam commented Mar 7, 2021

Confused why there's a no minors rules as servers are generally meant to be SFW by default.

Not all are though.
True enough as well. I guess that's more of a 'depends heavily'. Thanks!

@CreepersNeedHugs01
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CreepersNeedHugs01 commented Mar 10, 2021

Huh, people are commenting on this? Lets clear some shit up.

1: This is a fork
2: I did this for my use as it has some things I might forget.
3: I did forget about this anyway. I can make my own rules, I don't need this list.
4: This isn't a public gist by choice. I think it was made public because of the fork, but in any case I don't see an option to hide it now.

How did you guys even find this? I treat gist as a little notebook of gists I find here.

TL;DR, Go bug the original owner. This is a fork and doesn't represent my views. It's just a list I decided to save for a few ideas. The list overall is way to much...

I'll give this a day and save the list elsewhere before deleting it here. Don't know why people are showing up here and even staring this crap.

I found it on Google xD

@lovertown
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lovertown commented Apr 2, 2021

I don't even know why the hell people complain about the "No Memes" rule. It's just a rule that can be used for any of your servers. This gist is NOT someone's server rules. They're just rules that you can pick for your server. You really gotta read the entire gist though..
(why do i sound like im minimodding?)

@callmeUmer
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callmeUmer commented Apr 20, 2021

This rules list is quite extensive and useful to be honest!

@SheepCommander
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SheepCommander commented Apr 20, 2021

I almost forgot about this and was jsut re-wring my rules until I got a notification! This is definitely useful

@emile-2005
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emile-2005 commented May 8, 2021

this is sush a great idea! gg :)

@Ryonez
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Ryonez commented May 21, 2021

While I don't mind suggestions for rules to put on the list, for now lets avoid posting the options you've picked out for your server. This will help to prevent just a wall of rules people picked.

@RedcodesDev
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RedcodesDev commented Feb 26, 2022

Would suggest implementing rules for inappropriate profile banners.

@prakarsh17
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prakarsh17 commented May 22, 2022

Nice but this needs much improvement

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