How To Block Someone in Discord

Posted by Jamie on April 23, 2018

The internet can be a crazy place. Even within the closest-knit clans with friends, there can always be that one who makes life more difficult than it really should be. Whether that’s abusive messages, spam or just being a jerk, sometimes people just have to act up. On voice servers, that can get very old, very fast. If you use Discord, help is at hand as there is a blocking feature for just this purpose. Here’s how to block someone in Discord.

There is one thing to mention about blocking. It is different from muting. Blocking is for chat and muting is for voice servers. One does not affect the other so I will show you how to do both.

While Discord began as a tool for gamers, it has expanded into much more than that. Some companies now use it instead of Teams, Skype or Slack and more are joining each day. The ease of use, the ability to run it through a browser and the fact that it is free all help to widen its appeal. Apparently, Discord now has over 100 million users and not all of them are gamers.

Discord and the douche

Any public channel is going to attract jerks and even private clan or game channels will have one or two if they are large enough. Most behaviors can be handled directly with a polite but firm ‘chat’ between the channel moderator or admin and the person involved. This works most of the time but not always. If it doesn’t work, more stringent measures are required.

One advantage Discord has over those other chat apps is the ability to easily block users. Skype makes it easy to block but Teams and Slack do not. As they are both aimed more at communities and commercial users, their attitude is that if you need to block a company user for being abusive or worse, there are more pressing problems to deal with rather than just blocking them in chat.

Blocking someone in Discord

Discord has built in blocking to enable you to filter out the noise and block the inevitable user who wants to cause trouble for the rest of you. As the company behind the app are gamers themselves who used to make games, they know only too well how people can be online. Hence the ability to block.

If you need to block someone in Discord, here’s how to do it.

  1. Select the user’s profile name in the Direct Message app.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon to the right of the profile.
  3. Select Block.

The blocked person will still be able to see your messages and will still be able to see your status but they will not be able to reply or contact you using Discord. It is a fairly effective way of removing the unwanted noise from your experience but apparently isn’t foolproof.

Muting someone in Discord

Muting someone in Discord is different. As mentioned at the top, blocking is for chat or Direct Messages but won’t work in voice. To silence the idiot on a voice server, you need to mute them. Muting isn’t as simple as blocking and requires the server admin to create a Mute role. They will then need to add that user to the muted role, or kick them completely.

Adding the user to a muted role means the admin has the ability to give them a time out and a chance to get ahold of themselves before kicking them completely. It is a useful tool to help control the channel without kicking a user for good.

To create a mute role in Discord:

  1. As admin, navigate to Server Settings on the server.
  2. Select Roles and create a role by selecting the ‘+’ icon.
  3. Name the role Muted or something descriptive.
  4. Disable the ‘Send Messages’ permission within the role.
  5. Repeat for every server you manage.

To add a user to the role in Discord:

  1. Select Members within the server.
  2. Select the member and the ‘+’ sign underneath their name.
  3. Select the Muted role (or whatever you call it) from the dropdown list.

You can undo this change by repeating the process and deselecting the role. This is why having a muted role is a useful tool in managing users. You can also right click a user and select mute apparently.

Discord is an excellent way to interact either within games or other situations but you always get someone who wants to misbehave. While blocking someone in Discord is very straightforward, muting someone is a little more involved. It is a bit of a pain having to created a muted role for each server you manage, but once done it can be used to great effect.

One thought on “How To Block Someone in Discord”

Shay says:
Why would I want to block someone when they can still see my posts? That seems pretty backwards. I block people for Plagiarism. What’s to stop them from stealing my work if we’re in the same server?

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