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Discord is a chat app with a following of millions of users. It's simple to use and can be accessed on any device. Whether you're a gamer, musician, artist, or just need to talk to friends. Discord is a great way to communicate with communities that you are interested in.
On the other hand, Discord can also be a nest for rude members and violators. This is why you need to have a moderator on Discord to help at these cases. Here's why:
By taking the required steps to make sure that our community rules are being obeyed, moderators are accountable for protecting community values. For instance, moderators may need to delete posts from users who break our rules or steer the discourse away from hot-button issues. Moderators acts as a subject matter experts for the community and offer advice to staff when members need help or when changes need to be made. In terms of hierarchy, moderators will report directly to the staff, administrators and server owner.
What are the responsibilities of a Moderator on Discord?
The responsibilities of a moderator might vary, but their overall role is to ensure that their Discord server is a safe, healthy environment for everyone. The best moderators typically are seasoned and enthusiastic participants in one or more communities. Moderating a Discord server is a great way to keep the chat clean and organized, and to keep the conversations flowing.
They can do things like:
- Moderate or delete messages: If the moderator deem the message as inappropriate, they can delete messages at will and give a warning to whoever sent that message, suspend them or worse ban the user from the server.
- Invite Community Members : One of the most common task of moderator is to invite community members to their server. They cannot moderate if there's no community to moderate, right? So the moderators are inviting friends, sending links to other discord communities that may be interested to join in yours, etc. Moderator also onboards and welcomes new community members.
- Suspend Community Members: The moderator is tasked to keep the Discord server away from people who violate the server’s rules and away from toxicity. One way to keep the server clean is to suspend the community member. A community mamber can be kicked out of the server but they can join back again as they only need to cool themselves down or collect their thoughts.
- Ban Community Members: Banning is the last resort a moderator can consider if things gets out of hand. This is more severe than just being suspended because the person banned cannot be invited back to the server.
Qualities of a good Moderator on Discord
Here are a few tips on how to be a good Discord moderator:
- Be active in the server : This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's important to be active in the server you're moderating. This means being active in the chat, and being available to answer questions or help out with problems. This doesn't mean that you need to be online 24/7, you just need to be there, interacting or be there when needed the most.
- Be fair: As a moderator, it's important to be fair. This means being impartial in your decisions, and making sure that everyone is treated equally. As someone as high in the ranks of a Discord server, you need to be respected as someone who gives importance to equality.
- Be consistent: It's important to be consistent in your moderation. This means enforcing the rules evenly, and not making exceptions for anyone. As stated above, you, as a Moderator need to be fair at all times.
- Be patient: Patience is a virtue. Not all of your community members will obey the rules at all times. Be patient and look for the best way to handle things.
How to make someone a Moderator on Discord?
Step 1. Open your app
You have to open your application or web browser and go to the server that you intend to create an Moderator role.
Step 2. Go to Server Settings
Click on the Server's name and on the drop down you will see "Server Settings".
Step 3. Go to Roles
On the left side menu, you will see the Setting's list. Under the name of the server, you will see a "Roles" tab. Click on it.
Step 4. Click Add Role
Upon entering the Roles tab, you will see the list of roles that you have created. You have to create a new one for the Moderator role. Choose "Create Role"
Step 5. Create a Moderator Role
You have to create an administrator role to give. For this instance, I will name the Moderator role as "Mod". You can also have the option to tweak this role so it wouldn't appear as a normal role. You can change its color.
Step 6. Separate from Online Members
Scroll down and toggle the option "Display role members separately from online members". This will help the community to distinguish the Moderator roles if ever they need help or report something. This would also help in lessening the scams in the server since scammers mostly impersonate the staff or the moderators.
Step 6. Save Changes
Click on "Save Changes" to save the Administrator role that you've created. This will save everything that you've edited so far. If you leave without saving, the changes will revert back.
Step 7. Give the Administrator Role
Choose a member in your community that you would like to give the Mod role to. Note that the member should be in the Discord server and that after you give him the Mod role, he will then be automatically given the permission to access everything in your Discord server, including kicking, muting and banning of community members so choose wisely who to give this role to.
Click on the member's profile and look for the "+" sign below the Role.
You will then be given the list of the roles you can give. Choose the admin role that you just created. For this instance, I created the role "Mod" so I'll be giving this role.
You will now see the newly appointed Moderator will have the role "Mod" and will be located separately from other online members
And there you have it! You already created a Moderator role and assigned someone on the role
Being a moderator is not an easy task. This can be as challenging as it gets since you will need to have certain amount of patience to moderate the community. If you own a Discord server or an Administrator, you can give someone a Moderator role to help you in managing the server. Moderators are a great help in keeping your Discord server clean and maintained. They can help with kicking, banning and suspending violators. They can also invite and onboard more community members so that you would have a bigger community.