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How to Report Someone on Discord

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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.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way to report someone on Discord. You need to go through finding the message link and then submit it to the Discord moderators. Sometimes if you have issues with another Discord user it is easier to talk to server moderators rather than reach out to the Discord team.

That being said, if someone is doing something that goes against Twitter ToS or is illegal, you may want to take the extra steps to reach out to the trust and safety team.

This post will give you instructions on how to report someone on Discord. It will also teach you to get content removed from Discord and go over some of the reasons 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:

  1. Step 1

    The first thing you will need to do is to turn on the “Developer Mode.” On the desktop app, click the user settings cog that is next to your name. 

  2. Step 2

    On the following screen, select “Appearance.”

  3. Step 3

    Scroll down the page until you find “Developer Mode” under the “Advanced” section. Click the toggle to the “On” position. 

  4. Step 4

    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. 

  5. Step 5

    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. 

  6. Step 6

    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. 

  7. Step 7

    Visit Discord’s “Submit a Request” page and input “Trust and Safety” as the answer for “What can we help you with?”

  8. Step 8

    Fill in the form as accurately as you can and include all three IDs where appropriate. 

  9. Step 9

    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

If you see one of the above infractions on Discord, you will need to click on the message, then the three dots in the upper right corner, then click “Copy Message Link” from the drop-down menu to capture the link to that specific message. Include that message link with the user id, entire server id, and any other information when you message the support team.

How to Contact Discord Moderators

Sometimes if you see an offensive message on a Discord server, it is best to contact one of the moderators and give them relevant details. They may be able to deal with that same user or help you determine whether that behavior goes against Discord’s terms and conditions.

Here is how you can contact a moderator on a Discord server:

  1. Step 1

    Screenshot the offense, including the name of the offender and the content. 

  2. Step 2

    Locate the names of the admin/moderators on 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 on the top-right-hand side of the server. If you can’t figure it out, ask others on the server to help direct you to the appropriate person. 

  3. Step 3

    Right-click on the moderator’s user name and choose “Message” from the drop-down menu.  

  4. Step 4

    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 direct messages 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.

Conclusion

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. If someone’s behavior is beyond toxic and goes against ToS, you will need to contact support.

About the Author

Luci

Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content. When she’s not penning an article, coffee in hand, she can be found gearing her shieldmaiden or playing with her son at the beach.

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