Discord is a great place to communicate with folks all over the word via text or voice chat. How you use it is up to you. Some prefer to only dip their toes into the direct and group messaging portion of what Discord has to offer. Others may like to create their own servers and construct a community of like-minded members for conversations and good times. When considering the latter, the potential for building something great can come at a few costs. One of those being unwanted rabble who choose to rain on your community’s proverbial parade.
“That sounds like every community ever. That goes two-fold for the ones online. But what can you really do?”
Sometimes you’ll get that annoying guest, member, or raiding party that drop by your Discord server and cause all sorts of problems. You could take the diplomatic approach to the issue by asking them to knock it off, provide an “or else” ultimatum, or sigh heavily from your side of the monitor and let it go. There’s also the more obvious choice meant to deal with repeat offenders or the worst of the worst, and that is to permanently ban them from the server.
How To Ban Users From Your Discord Server
All bans are automatically IP-based. This means that as soon as you ban someone from your Discord server, no one using that particular IP address will be able to enter. Sadly, there are ways around an IP ban using a VPN but it’s currently all that Discord has provided. They’ve known about this breach in security for a long time now but have not yet figured out how to prevent it. So long as the offenders are not tech-savvy or understand how to use a VPN, your server should be safe from any future incursions.
A ban is not unlike a kick, it just happens to have a bit more weight behind it. Kicking someone from a channel or server is not considered permanent. Anyone with the ability to invite to your server can resend the invitation to the kicked member. When it comes to a ban, that member is removed from the server and their IP address is recorded to memory. So long as your Discord server keeps the IP address banned, the member cannot return using the same IP.
Understand that this too eliminates the chance for anyone else in that user’s household from accessing your Discord server as well. This means that if you have roommates who frequent your Discord server but one is always causing problems, by banning one you will technically be banning both. Be sure that that sits right with you before moving forward with the ban. It’s possible to get the “good one” to talk to the offender about the problem in order to resolve the issues without such a permanent solution needed.
In order to ban someone from your Discord server:
- Launch Discord from either the desktop app, mobile app, or https://www.discordapp.com.
- Any browser is capable of launching Discord. The more popular choices would be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.
- You’ll need to sign in with your credentials to access the server.
- The login button can be found in the top-right corner of the screen if using Discord in your browser.
- Once logged in, select the server from along the left side of the screen. They will be listed there starting just below the Discord icon located at the top.
- Locate the user you want to ban from the server by clicking on the channel they are currently in.
- Channels are located in the main panel and consist of text chat channels with a # prefix or VoIP channels with a volume icon.
- You should be able to see the members who are in the VoIP channels just by looking in the main panel. To find members in text chat channels, you’ll have to click on them.
- Doing so will show you all members currently online (as well as offline) off to the right of the screen.
- When you find the user, either in the VoIP channel or text, right-click that user’s name to pull up a menu.
- From the menu, at the bottom, you should see Ban (username). Left-click this to bring up another dialog box.
- The pop-up will ask you to confirm your decision to ban the user.
- Click Ban to confirm and permanently remove that user’s IP address from having access to your Discord server.
If you’re still being bombarded by raids or members who should be permanently banned, I suggest contacting Discord support and reporting them. You should also up the verification level for allowing new users into your server. There are raid prevention bots, like Lock Bot, that you can look into in order to create a safer environment for all members of your server community.
The ability to ban users via their Discord ID has been brought up in support but has yet to be instituted into Discord’s security measures. At the very least, an idea like this should give Discord a few ideas on how to handle IP circumvention in the future.