Moderating a Discord server is not easy, especially if you have a lot of members. Handling hundreds of users can be bearable. Handling more than that can become a real hassle.
This is why it is always a good idea to assign a few members as admins or mods. This guide will tell you how to do that.
Making A Member An Admin
Admins or administrators are an important part of every Discord server since they can provide you with the necessary support to handle members, text, and voice channels. Think of them as the policemen of your country (server). They exist to uphold the “law.”
Without them, a server can quickly become hectic and out of control.
To give someone the role of an admin, you will first have to create the necessary role.
Creating a role is pretty simple, and we already have an extensive guide on this topic. However, here’s a guide on exactly which permissions you should enable or disable to create a solid admin role.
- Administrator – One option to enable all permissions for the selected role. This is the easiest way to create an admin role, but we recommend going through all of the permissions to see which one you should leave disabled.
- Kick/Ban/Move/Mute Members – An admin should have the power to move, mute, or deafen members. You could also provide them with permission to kick and ban users, but we recommend keeping that disabled unless you know your admin personally. If a user needs to be banned, they can always consult with the owner (you).
- Manage Channels – You should probably leave this disabled as channels don’t need to be modified often. You can do that by yourself.
- Manage Roles – It might be useful to have it enabled.
Those are the main permissions you have to consider. Everything else is optional and won’t hurt the server whether you leave them enabled or disabled.
Once you have your admin role ready, it’s time to give it to someone you trust. Head over to your Discord friends list or the server’s member list. Open your server and use the search function to find the person you are looking for. Right-click their name, hover on Roles and select the admin role.
Congratulations, you’ve recruited your first admin!
Now, let’s have a look at how mods are different than admins.
Making A Member A Mod
Mods are another essential piece of every Discord server because they can handle the micro-managing part of the whole process. They can handle problematic users, mute/deafen the right people, inform you of spammers, scammers, toxic users, etc.
For this, the mod role doesn’t require any serious permissions. So, here are some permissions you should enable or disable:
- Administrator – Off at all times. Mods should never have the same power as an admin.
- Manage Roles – Also off.
- Mute/Deafen Members – Important permission for mods, and it should always be enabled.
- Move Members – Another permission that is a must for mods.
- Kick/Ban Members – This permission should be enabled only for admins. Mods shouldn’t be able to kick or ban users from your server.
These are the permissions you’ll need to set up if you need a mod role. The process of assigning someone with this role is completely identical to the previous explanation. Just find the right user, right-click their name and assign the role.
That’s all there is to it! Now you finally have mods and/or admins that can uphold the rules in your server.
However, if you believe you currently don’t need mods, consider using moderator bots such as Mee6.