Are you looking for a good Discord server rules template that you can just copy and paste to your server?
Then, you’re in the right place!
Creating rules is not easy. There are many things to consider, and you have to think about all the possible ways users can attempt to ruin your server.
At the same time, the rules should be designed so that members enjoy the server and can interact with other members freely. This helps to grow a community of like-minded users.
Creating rules is a delicate balance between creating an engaged community vs. chaos.
Because it is not easy to come up with such rules, this article lists the most often used rules that you can start using right away.
⚡ What to Know ‣ There is no restriction on the type and number of rules a server can have, but it is best to keep the server theme in mind when coming up with the rules. ‣ Use the Discord Community feature to ensure that new users read and accept the rules before joining the server.
How to Come up With Good Discord Server Rules
It’s your server, and so you can make any rule, but to have an engaging community, it helps to keep a few things in mind while creating rules:
- Server’s topic or niche – rules should match your server’s topic or niche to be relevant to your members.
- Understand your audience – you should know what kind of members you want to attract and their age, interests, language, country, etc.
- Avoid large rule lists – no member will read a rules list with hundreds of rules, so it is best to highlight the most important ones in a separate section or at the start.
- Rules should be fair and transparent – avoid ambiguous rules or rules that discourage community building.
- Don’t create unenforceable rules – a rule that cannot be enforced is no rule at all.
- Rules Enforcement – give some thought to how you would want to deal with rule-breakers and list the action taken against them in the rules channel as well.
How to Create a Rules Channel in Discord
You can create a rules channel by simply creating a text channel.
That’s right, a rules channel is just like any other text channel, with the difference being that in the rules channel, only the owner or admins can add text.
The channel is locked and is read-only for the rest of the members. We do have a guide to walk you through the steps to lock a channel in Discord.
To create a rules channel, follow the steps below:
Step #1: Start by clicking on the ‘+’ to create a new text channel
Step #2: Give it a name that indicates that this is the channel for all the rules. You can name it as ‘rules’, ‘server-rules’, ‘rules-you-must-read’, etc. Do not make it a private channel.
Step #3: Once the channel is created, go to the channel settings by clicking on the gear icon next to the channel name.
Step #4: Click on the ‘Permission’ option in the left sidebar, select the @everyone role and turn off the ‘Send Messages’ permission.
Now only you can add text to this channel. You can also optionally give someone admin permissions to add text and rules to the channel.
How to Force People to Read the Rules in Discord
Rules are no good if no one is going to read them.
Therefore, to ensure that users read your server rules, you need to use the Discord Community feature and set up membership screening.
This essentially is a way to ensure that users have to read and agree to the rules before they join your server. Only then can they start sending messages and participate on the server.
It is pretty easy to set up, and we have an article that guides you through the process of adding rules to your Discord server.
Good Discord Server Rules
Below is a list of some of the best server rules, divided into sections.
General Server Rules
- Follow the Discord Terms of Service and Community Guidelines
- You need to be at least 13 years old to use Discord.
- Follow all staff instructions immediately and at all times.
- Moderators reserve the right to use their own discretion regardless of any rule.
- Be respectful to our staff team.
- Do not exploit loopholes to get around the rules (please report them)
- Please refrain from back-seat moderating.
- Discriminatory language and hate speech is forbidden.
- Be respectful and welcoming as toxicity is disallowed.
- Remain civil and considerate towards other users.
- No advertising, self-promotion, or general solicitation of any kind
- Encouraging rule-breaking is an offense
- The primary language of this server is English, so only communicate in English.
- Leaking the personal information of others, including owners and admins, is prohibited.
- Coordinating or participating in a server raid is forbidden.
- Bullying and harassment are not tolerated.
- Do not send any sexual, gory, scary, or explicit material.
- Do not send medically triggering, strobe-effect, or severely flashing media.
- Do not file false reports using our Support Ticket System or create troll / blank tickets.
- Discussions about controversial topics (political, religious, etc. talk) should be avoided at all times.
- Do not evade any punishment (e.g. ban, mute, etc.).
- Personal attacks are not tolerated.
- Anything to target specific groups/individuals is prohibited
- Be mindful of channels and their uses; read the channel descriptions and don’t go off-topic in any channel.
- No cursing and profanity
- Do not use it as a dating server.
- Trading of any kind is prohibited. This applies to any services and begging as well.
- Any form of harassment such as blackmailing, doxxing, inappropriate DMs, results in an immediate and permanent ban.
- Don’t ping without legitimate reasoning behind them.
- Do not buy/sell/trade/give away anything.
- Do not send unsolicited direct messages.
- XP-Grinding is prohibited.
- No personal drama or drama from any other Discord community is allowed to be brought into this Discord.
- Intentionally making people feel uncomfortable is not tolerated in the server.
- False accusations will be followed up and handled accordingly.
- Regardless of age, strive to treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves.
- Leaking the personal information of others is prohibited.
- Avoid topics regarding banned members.
- Avoid all uppercase messages and messages with a lot of text art.
- No bribing, blackmailing, or doxing other users.
User Account Rules
- Do not impersonate public figures, bots or staff.
- No Inappropriate status and usernames with profanity or blank names are not allowed.
- Please do not make your nickname ‘everyone’.
- No offensive and inappropriate profile pictures.
- Having an alternate account is forbidden.
- Catfishing and any sort of fake identities are forbidden.
Text Channel Rules
- Moderators reserve the right to delete or edit any post.
- Do not misuse or spam the channels.
- Do not flood chat by continuous messaging
- Do not send large messages that take up the whole screen (no more than 7 lines)
- Engaging in message chains is prohibited.
- Do not send copypastas.
- Using Discord Stickers excessively is to be avoided.
- Do not try to mass mention users.
- No asking to be granted roles/moderator roles.
- No overusing emojis and reactions.
- No publishing of personal information (including addresses, emails, bank account, credit card information, etc.).
- Do not use several lines to say very little (“line splitting”).
- Do not say the same message repeatedly.
- Spoilers should be labeled appropriately using Discord’s built-in formatting, sufficiently disclosing what topic is being covered.
Voice Channel Rules
- Moderators reserve the right to disconnect, mute, deafen or move members to and from voice channels.
- Do not record voice channel conversations
- Obnoxious, excessive, or inappropriate sounds are disallowed.
- Do not scream, play loud music, or make disruptive noises.
- Using voice changers and soundboards are disallowed.
- When connected to a voice channel, do not mic spam.
- Do not loop or queue the same song with music bots.
- If a large group of members is silently listening to music, please kindly mute yourself or move to an alternative channel.
- Do not play music or other audio through your microphone.
- Streaming movies or other copyrighted content is illegal.
- No NSFW, suggestive or offensive content
- Do not copy or claim other peoples art
- Illegally distributing unlicensed material is prohibited.
- Do not send any malicious and harmful links or files, or anything that jeopardizes the security of others.
- No epileptic content (gifs, vidoes, emotes).
- Do not send Discord server invites on the server or in DMs.
- Do not send online meeting links.
- Do not share copyrighted material as your own.
- Do not sell any illegal or copyrighted material.
- Do not request, post, or disclose piracy instructions.
How to Enforce Discord Server Rules
You need to have a penalty system in place as well, that is fair and visible to all members to enforce the rules.
You can come up with any penalty scheme yourself or start by referring to the official Discord documentation on the subject.
Typical penalties are:
- Ban – permanently remove a user from the server. Bans their IP address.
- Mute – Permanently mutes the user so that they cannot chat and send messages.
- Temporary Mute – only mute for a specific duration of time as a warning.
- Warning – Send a message or a note to a user to ask them to stop. It does not prevent the user from any action.
👋 We cover more such tips and tricks in our extensive Discord guide.
Wrapping up Good Discord Server Rules
It is always a good idea to start your server with some rules, even if these are just the basic rules.
This avoids chaos and brings some order to your server, and you can keep adding more rules as you go. A few simple rules are better than no rules at all.
A good set of rules helps you manage a server, and a well-managed Discord server attracts more users to join.