Occasionally, you may encounter a message or content on a Discord server that isn’t appropriate and goes against the guidelines of the platform. In these instances, there are two options to get the content removed. You can either report the user and the offense to the platform directly or you can contact a member of the specific Discord channel’s moderation team.
This post will give you the instructions on how to get content removed from Discord as well as go over some of the reasons why you may need to report.
Discord Report Options
Depending on the severity of the user’s actions, there are several ways you can handle the situation if you don’t want to deal with them. These are:
How to Lodge a Discord Report
To report a user on Discord, you will need to complete the following steps:
The first thing you will need to do is to turn on the “Developer Mode.” Click the user settings cog that is next to your name.
On the following screen, select the “Appearance.”
Scroll down the page until you find “Developer Mode” under the “Advanced” section. Click the toggle to the “On” position.
Return to the message in question. Right-click on the name of the user who sent the message, and choose the “Copy ID” option at the bottom of the list. Paste it somewhere for future reference. While a user can change their Discord name, this user ID will remain the same.
On the left-hand side of the screen, right-click over the Disord server’s icon and scroll down to “Copy ID” at the bottom of the list. Paste this ID with the other ID for future reference.
Right-click on the offending message and choose the “Copy ID” option at the bottom of the list. Paste this in the same location for future reference.
Visit Discord’s “Submit a Request” page and input “Trust and Safety” as the answer for “What can we help you with?”
Fill in the form as accurately as you can and include all three IDs where appropriate.
Click the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page when you have finished.
Discord TOS Explained
Reporting a user to Discord should be reserved for situations where the user is breaking the law or Discord’s guidelines. Don’t report someone for a difference of opinion (political, religious, or otherwise) or if they told you that you suck at Fortnite (unless they are continually spamming your or harassing you). You can block a user if they are bothering you too much.
Here is a list of a few of the reasons Discord wants you to report messages or content to them:
- Hate speech/harassment
- Sending a virus or malware to another user or a server
- Spamming messages or friend requests
- Sexualization of minors/child pornography
- Explicit images without consent
- Threatening speech or behavior including suicide/self-harm
- Animal cruelty and sadistic gore
- Support for extreme violence
- Drug trade
- Engagement or support for illegal activity
How to Contact Discord Moderators
Here is how you can contact a moderator in a Discord server:
Screenshot the offense, including the name of the offender and the content.
Locate the names of the admin/moderators in the server. Occasionally, you will find a list of these names with the rules or in a specific channel, but most often, you can find them by looking at the list of online users, located in the top-right hand side of the server. If you can’t figure it out, ask others in the server to help direct you to the appropriate person.
Right-click on the moderator’s user-name and choose “Message” from the drop-down menu.
Write the mod a message explaining the situation. Include the screenshot and let them know what channel on the server the message was sent in so that they can address the issue.
When to Contact Discord Mods
If someone has broken the rules of the Discord server, take a screenshot and send it to the admin or moderators of a server. Most servers set up for games or for the public will have their own list of rules and their own list of consequences for breaking them. Contact a mod if a rule is more serious than something you can block someone for but less serious than something that should be reported to Discord.
Blocking Users on Discord
If the person hasn’t done anything against the law or server rules, you can still avoid contact with them by blocking their profile. This will disable them from being able to contact you both through DMs or through joint servers (their messages in servers will show up as blocked messages, though you will be able to read the message if you choose).
When you block someone on Discord, it does not mute them in voice chats, though you can also take the step to mute them as well. Both blocking and muting someone on Discord are relatively easy tasks to complete and can help you avoid someone you find unpleasant to deal with.
Discord receives requests all the time. To help them keep up with serious issues, make sure to only submit important things that can’t be dealt with on a server level.