DISCORD ETIQUETTE This guide is being written a general rule of thumb for both text and voice channels in our Discord. Please bear in mind that every situation is unique and these are not hard-and-fast rules, but rather tips for wading through a general Discord with dozens of people.
All the entirely of our Discord, there is no bigotry, racism, sexism, or hardcore sexuality tolerated. Any of these actions will result in a ban from the server, and from the guild itself. Religion and politics are also not something we like to see in public channels, though obviously small groups can talk about these topics if you feel comfortable with it.
For both text and speech channels, tone is very important to keep in mind. As we are not face-to-face with each other, facial expressions to help guide the meaning of our words is not there, so it’s important to choose what you say, and how you say it, carefully. Many disagreements and arguments happen over misunderstandings over the internet, simply because one side didn’t understand what the other meant by something. Take a little extra time, use all the words necessary to say what you need to say clear, and don’t try to come off as short.
Here in the Sha’tor, our Discord has a lot of channels. Some would even say too many, but it is divided in such a way to keep multiple conversations separate and not talking over each other. If a conversation has organically evolved into another that would be best suited for another channel, it is usually best to take the conversation there.
Be considerate and don’t exclude folks trying to be part of the conversation. These are public channels for a reason. If you would prefer to have a private conversation with one or two other people, Discord has an option to make groups for that—but try not elbow people out of conversations that do not share your views.
On the flip side, don’t enter a conversation with a one-liner or meme picture, and expect a response. Those are difficult to come up with a response to, especially in the middle of a conversation. If you have to question if something is off topic, or add a disclaimer about it being related or, it may come off as rude and jarring to the people who were having the conversation.
Do not force yourself into a conversation just to be in it.
Try not to spam the chat channels with line-after-line of text. If you have a lot to say, collect your thoughts in a big post rather than 20 small ones. If you would like folks to wait on your response, let them know you have a lot to say and it will take you a moment to type. Conversations are not meant to be a race to see who can type the most, the quickest.
This is an adult guild, with adult language - be aware of that before coming into our voice channels. Refer to the guidelines above for what isn’t allowed, but be prepared to hear cursing or the occasional sexual innuendo. If something is said that makes you uncomfortable, you are by all means welcome to talk to an officer about it, especially if you feel it falls under the guidelines above.
Be aware of speaking over each other. As mentioned above, there are no physical cues as to know when other people are going to speak, so speaking over people is inevitable on Discord. Also, some people experience more lag than others, so they are typically at a disadvantage in a busy channel. So be aware of the people that are trying to speak, and try to be courteous to the more softer spoken or quiet voices. Furthermore, don’t dominate the conversation if others are trying to get a word in.
On the flip side, if you feel like you are being talked over, don’t be afraid to speak up, or turn your Output volume up. Sometimes, people really just can’t hear you at all, or know you’re trying to speak, so ask in a text channel or whisper someone else in the voice channel about it.
Don’t be put off if you hear silence when you’re trying to talk. Folks may have went afk, have their headsets muted for whatever reason, or sometimes just have nothing to add to the conversation. Though it can sometimes be jarring to hear nothing when you try to start a conversation, or make a joke, know that sometimes people are busy with a multitude of other things and aren’t always paying attention to voice chat.
Use Push-to-Talk in public channels. Folks don’t want to hear you typing, and most of the time background noises drown out other people trying to speak. It’s simply courteous.
In conclusion, we just ask folks to please be self aware and courteous to each other. Treat others the way you would want to be treated if you were having a conversation in real life—don’t interrupt, don’t say rude and problematic things, and remember that we’re all here to have fun in a safe environment.