Discord is a great way to interact through voice and text chat with your gaming pals for free, but there will occasionally be times when someone says something in the chat that violates the guidelines. Depending on the severity of the message, you may decide to report the user directly to Discord so disciplinary action can be taken. However, it’s not as simple as it may appear at first glance.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to report someone on Discord.
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There are steps you need to take to successfully report someone who is harassing, spamming, threatening, or simply being abusive in chat. You might find an entire server is participating in harmful activity that violates community guidelines. Here’s what you can do to alert the moderators at Discord.
You don’t want to report someone unless their message actually violates Discord’s community guidelines. Activities and messages that are not tolerated on Discord include:
- Spam messages
- Violating IP rights
- Sharing child pornography
- Glorifying or promoting suicide and self-harm
- Distributing viruses
- Threatening another user
- Sharing images of gore or animal cruelty
If their message doesn’t fall into one of these categories, you likely shouldn’t report them directly to Discord. Instead, if possible, talk with the other members of the channel about their conduct. If you’re the owner or a moderator on the server, you can even kick them out and/or ban them yourself. You can also block or mute the user to avoid seeing their content while continuing to see what everyone else is saying in the server.
Please note: If the message is deleted after you send the report, disciplinary action can still be taken. However, there is no way to report a message that has already been deleted.
You can’t simply hit a “report” button on Discord, at least not on the desktop app. Instead, you have to find a few ID codes that Discord’s team can use to investigate the offending messages. Take the following steps to make a report on Discord:
Step 1: Click the Gear icon next to your name in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select the Appearance tab.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Advanced section of this page. You’ll see a toggle labeled Developer Mode. Turn it on.
Step 4: To get three different ID codes, go to the message in question and right-click directly on the user’s name.
Step 5: Select Copy ID.
Step 6: Paste the number you’ve copied somewhere and label it as “user ID” or something similar. Even if the user changes their username, the ID will remain the same.
Step 7: Right-click on the message itself and once again select Copy ID. This time, you’ll get an ID number for the message and channel. Paste it and label it as “message ID,” like you did the other one.
Step 8: Go over to the icon for the server on the left side of your screen and right-click on it.
Step 9: Select Copy ID a third time and paste it with the two others.
Step 10: Label this one “server ID” or something similar.
Step 11: Send your report.
With this last step, you will send your report to Discord via its Trust & Safety request center. Enter your email address, select your report type based on the option in the drop-down box that most closely applies to your situation, enter a subject, and finally describe the incident and provide all three ID codes in the Description box. You may also want to consider sending screenshots of the messages to Discord as well, which you can submit in the Attachments section of the form. Send the report along, and you’re ready to let Discord take care of the rest.
Reporting a Discord user on iOS is a much simpler process than doing it on a desktop. Maybe too simple.
All you need to do is use your finger to press down, hold the desired message, and hit Report. You won’t have to give any reasoning or ID codes. Discord’s support team declares that it does view these reports as with all the others. If an event is time-sensitive and needs urgent attention, but you don’t have access to a computer, you can also send an email to email@example.com. Simply type out the details of your specific situation, click send, and that’s it. Just beware that you may not get a reply. Be sure to link to the message within your email. To get this link, just click Copy Message Link from the same menu as above.
If you run into a situation where you need to cancel a prior report, we recommend sending a direct message to the Discord Twitter page. Send your situation’s details and ask that a team member erases your report. Also, to make it easier for the Discord team, you should make sure to give them the email address you use for your account. A few reasons why someone might retract a report could be that they mistakenly reported someone or reported them before realizing that the message did not violate Discord’s community rules.
We want to point out that filing false reports goes directly against Discord’s terms of service. Only report someone if you’re absolutely sure they are violating the guidelines, or you could face some negative consequences. Discord’s help team strives to work as efficiently as possible in replying to reports they receive. They often resolve issues in a matter of minutes.
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