How Do I Ban Certain Words on a Discord Server?


Heather Bennett

Discord is a popular platform for communication and community building, allowing users to create their own servers and join others. However, as a server owner or administrator, you may encounter situations where you need to regulate the language and content being used on your server. In this tutorial, we will explore how to ban certain words on a Discord server.

Step 1: Accessing the Server Settings

To begin, log in to your Discord account and navigate to the server where you want to implement word banning. Once there, locate the server name on the top left corner of the screen and right-click it. From the context menu that appears, select “Server Settings”.

Step 2: Navigating to the Moderation Section

In the Server Settings menu, you will find various options on the left-hand side. Scroll down until you see “Moderation” and click on it. This is where you will find all the tools necessary for managing and controlling your server’s content.

Step 3: Enabling Explicit Content Filter

Within the Moderation section, look for an option called “Explicit Content Filter”. By default, this setting is set to “Don’t scan any messages”. To enable word banning, we need to change this setting.

  • Click on the dropdown menu next to “Explicit Content Filter”.
  • Select either “Scan messages from members without roles” or “Scan messages from all members”. The former option is useful if you have trusted members who are less likely to violate any rules.

Enabling this feature ensures that Discord scans messages for potentially explicit or inappropriate content.

Step 4: Adding Banned Words

Now that we have enabled content scanning, we can proceed to add the specific words we want to ban on our server. Under the “Moderation” section, you will find an option labeled “Banned Words”. Click on it to open the word banning configuration.

  • Click on the “Add Word” button.
  • Type in the word you want to ban.
  • Press Enter or click outside the text field to add the word.

Repeat this process for each word you wish to ban. Discord allows you to ban whole words, phrases, or even parts of words using wildcards.

Step 5: Configuring Banning Actions

Now that we have added the banned words, it’s time to decide what actions Discord should take when someone violates this rule. In the “Banned Words” configuration window, locate the “Actions” section.

  • Select the desired action from the available options:
    • Kick: This action will automatically kick the user who violates the word ban.
    • Ban: This action will result in a permanent ban for users who violate the word ban.
    • Mute: This action will mute users who use banned words, preventing them from sending messages temporarily.
    • Delete: This action will delete any messages that contain banned words without taking any further measures against the user.

Step 6: Save and Apply Changes

Once you have configured all your desired settings for word banning and actions, make sure to click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom right corner of the “Banned Words” configuration window. This will save your settings and apply them to your Discord server.

By following these steps, you can effectively ban certain words on your Discord server, ensuring a more positive and inclusive environment for your community.

Remember to regularly review and update your list of banned words as needed, as language and context can evolve over time.

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