Discord is probably the go-to VoIP app when you want to talk with your friends; we understand why. It’s definitely one of the best, if not the best, voice communication platforms of all time.
However, to truly utilize Discord, you should use all of its features. Many of these features are hidden or not explained to users, which is why we’re writing this guide.
We specifically want to explain what @here and @everyone do, how they work, and how you can use them to your advantage.
Let’s get to it!
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How Does @here Work?
How many members do you have on your server? Is the number in the dozens, hundreds, or thousands? However many users there are, you’ve probably looked for a way to get their attention quickly.
Well, the @here command does precisely that. Whenever you type @here in a text channel, every online member from your server will get a Discord notification. So it’s an easy way to get the attention of all online users on the server.
On the other hand, offline users will not get a notification from Discord.
This feature can be helpful when you need on-the-spot attention from your members. No need to bother users that aren’t active at the moment.
Keep in mind that users without permission to view the channel in which you typed @here will not get a notification.
How Does @everyone Work?
In situations when you need to share information/news with absolutely everyone on your server, the @everyone command is what you are looking for.
Whenever you type @everyone in a text channel, every member on your server will get a notification. Yes, this includes offline members.
This can be extremely useful because it also forces push notifications, so even offline members will get a notification on their phones. And, if there are members without push/desktop notifications enabled, they’ll get notified once they log back into Discord.
Difference Between @everyone And @here
So, @everyone and @here seem to be the same, but are they?
Based on what we said previously, you probably think these two commands are very similar. And you are correct since there’s only one slight difference between the two.
The difference is that @everyone notifies all members of a server, no matter their status (online, offline, idle, etc. while @here notifies only the members online at that moment. Also, @here does not ping idle users.
When To Use @everyone
We suggest you use this command only when you want to make some big announcements to your server. So, if you have a big event or tournament nearing, use @everyone to ensure that all members are aware of this.
When To Use @here
You can use this command when you need to quickly gather a certain number of users. For example, you’re getting ready for a tournament/competitive game and missing a couple of players. Just ping with @here in any text channel to see if anyone is interested in a game.
Should You Disable @everyone?
This command can be beneficial for servers but can also easily be abused to annoy users on a server. For example, if people start spamming @everyone in chat, you’ll quickly lose tons of members.
Of course, you don’t want that to happen, which is why it is best to disable this option for most users.
Leave @everyone available only for your closest friends, admins, or mods.
Should You Disable @here?
If you disable @everyone for a user, @here will automatically be disabled too, so keep that in mind.
Either way, we believe that @here also has the power to spam/annoy people, so yes, we also recommend disabling this for most “basic” members. Mods and admins will need access to this command.