Basic Rules for Your Discord Server

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After starting a Discord server for your online community, you need to set basic rules to ensure high-quality conversations and create a sense of community from de ground. In this post, we explore de most essential rules for any Discord server.
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After starting a Discord server for your online community, you need to set basic rules to ensure high-quality conversations and create a sense of community from de ground. Otherwise, if the community is full of spam and unrelated discussions, it will probably not be long before you end up with an inactive group.

In this post, give you a free template with the most essential rules to add to your server 👉 Jump to copy and paste basic Discord server rules.

Why Do You Need Rules for Your Discord Server?

There are many reasons why you might want to create a rules channel. Some of the most common reasons include:

Organizing rules into one area makes it easier for new members to find them. It also helps new members find their way around your server more quickly since they have fewer channels to look through.

Having all of your rules in one place makes it easier for staff members (or even non-staff) to check whether or not these rules have been broken; this means that someone can easily report anyone who breaks the rules without having to go through each individual rule first. And, as you can imagine, it’s a great way to fight against spam in online communities.

Besides, there are too many new Discord servers listed every day, but not all of them succeed in building a place where people want to return. Having a clear set of rules can help you define your community culture, and avoid uncomfortable situations for members. By stating what is allowed and what is not, you are setting the moral boundaries that will lead the community spirit. 

And, with over 14m active users, rules channels have become essential to build a niche and distinguish your community from others.

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What Rules Should a Discord Server Have?

According to Discord Guidelines, to ensure everyone is safe on your Discord server, your rules must cover:

  • Prohibit harassment and threats.
  • Prevent hate speech or hateful conduct.
  • Stop the promotion or support of violence.
  • Prohibit grooming.
  • Prohibit sharing sexually explicit content with other people without their consent, or if they are under 18. 
  • Prohibit the use of Discord channels to share content that violates intellectual property.
  • Prohibit Illegal distribution of unlicensed material such as copying or claiming other people’s art.

Copy and Paste Basic Discord Rules

If you don’t want to create your own rules from scratch, just copy and paste our template on the “Rules” channel of your Discord server 👇

  1. Be respectful
    This means no mean, rude, or harassing comments. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

  2. No inappropriate language
    Use of profanity should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Any derogatory language towards any user is prohibited. Swearing is permitted in casual channels only, while the official help and code channels should be kept free of any profane language.

  3. No spamming
    Do not send a lot of small messages right after each other. These disrupt chat and make it hard to scroll through the server. Please keep your messages at least 5 words long while chatting.

  4. No pornographic/adult/other NSFW material
    The idea behind the server is to provide a safe place for us to share art, videos, and other kinds of creative material – not to share the aforementioned NSFW material.

  5. No advertisements
    No invasive advertising, whether it be for other communities or streams. You can post your content in the media channel if it’s relevant and provides actual value for the community.

  6. No offensive names and profile pictures
    Keep your names and profile picture appropriate.

  7. Server Raiding
    Server raiding is against the Discord terms of service. Any attempt to circumvent or bypass them can result in a permanent ban.

  8. Threats are forbidden
    Threats are prohibited and disallowed.

  9. Follow the Discord Community Guidelines
    Respect the general Discord Community guidelines.

  10. Do not join voice chat channels without permission of the people already in there
    If you see that they have a free spot it is alright to join and ask whether they have an open spot, but leave if your presence is not wanted by whoever was there first.

  11. Don’t share your personal information
    Do not share your personal information or the personal information of other users without their consent. This includes phone numbers, addresses, and any other sensitive information.

  12. Don’t share illegal or pirated content 
    Do not share links to illegal or pirated content, such as copyrighted material or stolen software. This is against the Discord terms of service and can result in a ban from the server.

  13. Avoid false or misleading information
    Make sure to fact-check any information that you share and only share reliable sources. Spreading false or misleading information can be harmful and undermines the trust and integrity of the community.

  14.  Follow the channel-specific guidelines
    Each channel in your server should have specific guidelines for the type of content that is allowed. Make sure to follow these guidelines and respect the purpose of each channel.

  15. No sharing or distributing hacks, cheats, or other unauthorized tools or services
    Sharing or distributing hacks, cheats, or other unauthorized tools or services is strictly prohibited on the server.

  16.  No sharing or distributing viruses or malicious software 
    Sharing or distributing viruses or malicious software can harm the server and its members, and is therefore strictly prohibited.

  17. No sharing or distributing illegal drugs or controlled substances
    distributing illegal drugs or controlled substances is strictly prohibited on the server.

  18. No sharing or distributing counterfeit or fraudulent items
    Sharing or distributing counterfeit or fraudulent items, such as fake IDs or fraudulent financial documents, is strictly prohibited on the server.

  19. No sharing or distributing stolen financial or banking information
    Distributing stolen financial or banking information, such as credit card numbers or bank account information, is strictly prohibited.

  20.  No sharing or distributing unauthorized keys or serial numbers for software or games
    It is strictly prohibited to share or distribute keys or serial numbers for software or games that have been obtained illegally

**The Admins and Moderators will Mute/Kick/Ban per discretion. If you feel mistreated DM an Admin and we will resolve the issue.**

All Channels will have pinned messages explaining what they are there for and how everything works. If you don’t understand something, feel free to ask!

**Your presence in this server implies accepting these rules, including all further changes. These changes might be done at any time without notice, it is your responsibility to check for them.**

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Frequently Asked Questions About Discord Rules

To add a rules channel, follow these simple steps:

  1. Open your Discord server.
  2. Click on the drop-down in the top-left corner and select “Create Channel”
  3. Give your new channel a name and description, then click ‘Create Channel’. Make sure your channel is visible to all and do not turn it into a “read-only” channel.

If you want to ask people to agree rules before accessing your server, you need to enable membership screening. You can do it by following these steps:

1. Go to “Server Settings”

2. On “Community” section go to “Membership Screening” and select “Get Started”

3. Add rules by clicking the “Add a Rule” button


In today’s post, we made a list of the basic rules to add to your new Discord server. You can read our article with ideas to grow your Discord server and explore more about how to keep your community engaged. If you’re in the process of setting up new moderators, don’t miss our checklist of the best staff application questions for Discord moderators.

Victoria Mortimer

Victoria Mortimer

I'm a journalist with a Social Communication degree, community manager, and content creator with over five years of experience. Now, I'm working as an independent writer passionate about community building, entrepreneurship, and social media.

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