How do I grant permissions for Discord

How to create, configure and manage your Discord server

Discord is a rapidly growing text and voice chat application that is particularly aimed at gamers. Its sleek and simple design makes it a great alternative to older apps like Teamspeak and Skype. Discord took a lot of inspiration from Teamspeak's extensive customization and management options, but buried some of those options in the user interface. Fortunately, getting started is easy.

How do I create a Discord server?

Creating a Discord server is straightforward. First, you need to download Discord (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS or Android) or open the Discord web interface. In either case, you'll need to create a free user account to get started. So do everything first.

The first time you open Discord and sign in, you'll be asked if you want to create or join a server. If you're already using Discord and skipped this entry-level screen, you can create a new server by clicking the large plus sign in the Discord interface.

The same screen is displayed in both cases. Click the Create Server button to create a new server.

Give your server a name, select a different region if your region was not recognized correctly, and then click the "Create" button.

Your new server will be created and you will be automatically connected to it. Select your new server on the left and click the drop-down arrow next to its name for options to invite friends, change server settings, create channels, and more.

Set up user roles to simplify the management of permissions

Roles in Discord give users certain permissions. For example, you can create a role for moderators and give that role the ability to block users and delete messages. All users you assign to this role inherit these permissions. By using roles, you don't have to assign permissions to every user. You can also use roles to give your friends a cool rank and color.

To manage roles, open the server settings and click on the "Roles" category on the left. You can add new roles by clicking the little plus button next to the Roles title on the page. Select a role to manage permissions. There is a long list of permissions, but the main ones deal with the functions of managing the server by creating new channels or roles, managing users by locking or deleting messages, and moving users in and out of voice chat. There is also an administrator role that grants all permissions except server owner-specific (e.g. deleting the server).

The first setting - "Show Role Members Separately" - People in this role appear in their own category in the Users panel. You can do some neat tricks by leaving this setting off for certain roles. For example, if you have a group of administrators but would like to change your color, you can assign a new role and set it via admin. However, leave this option unchecked so that a new category is not created.

Here we have created a "Cool Color" role and assigned a color to it.

Every user assigned to the “Cool Color” role is now displayed in blue.

You can also use this trick with permissions. For example, you could use administrator privilege to set up a server administrator role and issue it selectively rather than distributing it to everyone.

After you have set up the roles you want, you can assign users to those roles by right-clicking their name and selecting the appropriate check box in the Roles menu.

If you have a particularly large server, you can use the Members tab in the Settings panel to search for people so you don't have to scroll down or @ through the list.

How do I organize channels?

Each channel on your server is organized intocategories. To create a new channel or category, right-click anywhere in the channel window and select the "Create Channel" or "Create Category" command.

When you create a channel, give it a name and choose whether you want it to be a text or voice channel. Channel names cannot contain spaces (entering a space creates a hyphen) or capital letters.

When you create a category, all you have to do is give it a name. Category names can contain spaces, and while you can type uppercase and lowercase letters, they will appear in uppercase no matter what.

Channels also have their own channel-specific permissions, which you can access by clicking the gear next to a channel. By default, these permissions are synchronized with the category the channel belongs to. However, if you change them, they will stay that way until you sync again.

You can also mark categories and channels as private. When creating a channel, simply select "Private Channel" and then enable the roles that you want to access the channel.

If you only want to add a few people to the channel, you should create a new role for that channel and then add users to that role.

Avoid abuse

With large Discord servers, you need to take a few precautions when assigning roles and channels. For example, if you have created a private channel and a new role for it, but this role is under another role with the option "Manage roles" activated, the people in this role can give themselves the new private role and access your channel. There are many other cases like this. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • All channel-specific roles should be above the highest administrative role.
  • Custom color roles placed above admin give these administrators the ability to create new administrators as they are technically higher up than admin.
  • With "Manage Channels" people also have the option to delete channels, delete all messages in the process. For this reason, you probably shouldn't give this permission too much. The same applies to the administrator.
  • In read-only channels, members can still add reactions with emoji. Since there is a whole alphabet of emojis, people can spell things out in response to your messages. You cannot delete them. So if you have a problem with people who write things out that they shouldn't, you can disable this feature in the channel-specific settings under "Everyone". You can also hover over the reactions to see who put them there.
  • If you have unwanted administrators, click under "Audit log" In the server settings, all administrative actions are logged, e.g. B. deleting messages or blocking users. That way, you can find out who is causing problems and fix them.
  • If you have a problem with external spam, you can set the auto-mod level in the settings under "Moderation". This requires new users to verify their email address or be an active Discord user before joining.

If you really need help moderating, there are a few bots you can add to help. MEE6 is my personal favorite. It's a nice web dashboard and ranking system, and Dyno works very well too. You can browse other Discord bots on