Discord Basics

Discord Basics

Discord servers have a three-level structural hierarchy:
  1. Server
  1. Categories within the server
  1. Channels within each category

Servers

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The community spaces hosted on Discord.
They can be public or private, as large as hundreds of thousands of people or as small as two. Whether it's to connect on similar interests, hobbies, or a shared mission, you'll find servers of all shapes and sizes floating around the internet.
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Tip: You can join up to 100 servers for free, or 200 if you're willing to pay for Discord Nitro. We recommend engaging deeply with 2-3 max after exploring a few different servers.
 

Categories

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Groups of channels you can collapse/expand.
Categories are used to help organize the server and make it easier to navigate. In the image, 🏫 Live Campus is a collapsed category, and 🎓 Semester 1 is expanded.

Channels

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Spaces where members interact via text, voice, or video.
There are four types of channels: click on the triangle to find out more
  • Text channels (denoted by a hashtag) enable you to post messages, images, GIFs, stickers, and more
  • Voice channels (denoted by a speaker) are audio-based and allow for video and screen sharing
  • Announcement channels (denoted by a megaphone) are like text channels, with the added ability for other servers to follow it
  • Stage channels (denoted by a person speaking) are audio-only where some people can speak on stage while others can listen as the audience
 
Clicking into a given channel will present you with its details, including a name and description preview at the top of the screen.
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You can expand the Channel Description by clicking on the preview text. This shows you the full description.
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When you click on Pinned messages icon, a popup will open and it will show all the pinned messages in that channel.
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Tip: You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+P to directly see the pinned message of a particular channel.
 

 
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