Every Discord server needs to have clear and understandable rules to keep the community healthy and engaged.
Rules might seem trivial and unnecessary, but as your server grows they’ll become more and more important. They dictate the feel and climate of your community. Simple things like a rule against swearing can completely change the kind of audience you attract.
Possibly the most important reason for having clear rules on your Discord server is moderation. The job of moderators is to make sure chat is following the rules. All decisions they make should be made on the basis of the server rules.
Whenever rules are ambiguous or not clear there’ll be some users who try to argue with your staff. Usually, this leads to accusations of unfairness and nepotism.
It is important to prevent this from the start as to not compromise the integrity of your staff and the health of your community.
Server Rules template
The rules template below has been tested and used over many months in Servers ranging from a few hundred to 20.000 members. Modify it as you see fit. The text preformatted so you can just copy and paste it into chat.
**1. Be respectful** You must respect all users, regardless of your liking towards them. Treat others the way you want to be treated. **2. No Inappropriate Language** The use of profanity should be kept to a minimum. However, any derogatory language towards any user is prohibited. **3. No spamming** Don't send a lot of small messages right after each other. Do not disrupt chat by spamming. **4. No pornographic/adult/other NSFW material** This is a community server and not meant to share this kind of material. **5. No advertisements** We do not tolerate any kind of advertisements, whether it be for other communities or streams. You can post your content in the media channel if it is relevant and provides actual value (Video/Art) **6. No offensive names and profile pictures** You will be asked to change your name or picture if the staff deems them inappropriate. **7. Server Raiding** Raiding or mentions of raiding are not allowed. **8. Direct & Indirect Threats** Threats to other users of DDoS, Death, DoX, abuse, and other malicious threats are absolutely prohibited and disallowed. **9. Follow the Discord Community Guidelines** You can find them here: https://discordapp.com/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. **The Admins and Mods 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.**
If you’re looking the expand the template above I recommend taking a look at this list by Ryonez and copy the ones you like.
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Do you have any suggestions for these rules? Please let me know your feedback in the comments down below!