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If you’ve found a community you love to call home on Discord, there’s a team of moderators dedicating their time to organizing and fostering that space for you and your friends to find belonging. But as a community grows, your mods and admins will need to buff up their defenses from those looking to sour the fun. 

And we want to help — to equip your moderation team with the tools to keep your community and conversations welcoming. To empower you to handle any bad actors whose sole intention being to litter chat with malicious language, harmful scams or links, and all sorts of spam. 

Community moderation should be a hobby you celebrate, and stepping away to make time for yourself shouldn’t rack your mind with guilt of what could be happening when you’re gone. Moderating your growing community should feel rewarding and fulfilling, not add constant stress from dealing with bad actors or unruly members.

Doing is better than saying, so we’ll be taking some of that moderation work off your hands and tackling it ourselves. Say hello to AutoMod, your new best friend in server moderation: up and about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, keeping your server clean and sleek!

Meet Your Newest Mod Team Member: AutoMod 

Community moderators currently have to tackle the majority of their daily duties, such as meticulously monitoring chat and removing any harmful content manually as it happens. As a server continues to grow and responsibilities shift from helping out in your free time to spending every waking moment making sure memes aren’t posted in #general, you and your team may not be able to keep up and could burn out from not only moderating, but participating in your community entirely. 

AutoMod is here to take some of the load off your shoulders, working to keep your community and conversations clean around the clock so you can take time to enjoy yourself without stressing about what's happening when you're out and about. As your one-stop-shop for content moderation filters, AutoMod lives under the Content Moderation tab within your Community-enabled Server Settings. (Don’t have Community enabled on your server? Check out this Help Center article to see what you’re missing!)

At launch, AutoMod comes equipped with keyword filters that can automatically detect, block, and alert you of messages containing harmful words or phrases before they're ever posted in your #text-channels, Threads, and inside your Text Chat in Voice. You can even have users who try to post harmful words or phrases be Timed Out automatically, so they won’t be able to continue posting until you’re back.

Two Discord screenshots side-by-side of AutoMod in action. On the left, a message posted by Rumi is caught by AutoMod for saying a prohibited word: “stinky”. On the right, Rumi’s message is reposted in a moderator channel for breaking the rule “General Rudeness”
On the left, what the user sees if their message is caught by AutoMod. On the right, what a relayed message to a moderator channel looks like.

If you’ve chosen to have AutoMod send you alerts about flagged messages, you can specify it to post the alerts to a text channel of your choice. There, your moderation team can view a flagged message to determine the best course of action, whether it’s removing the message itself, timing out the user who tried to post it, or allowing it to remain.  

You might be reading this and thinking, “who determines what a harmful message is?” Easy: you do! Upon setting up AutoMod’s keyword filters, you and your moderation team will be able to set up and configure up to three of your own custom keyword filters. You’ll also be able to quickly set up a “Commonly Flagged Words” filter which lets you use ready-made wordlists that filter out a variety of not-so-nice words in categories like Severe Profanity, handy for when you don’t know where to start.

A screenshot of AutoMod’s settings page, found within Server Settings.
You’ll find AutoMod inside your Server Settings, in Content Moderation. Moderators with the “Manage Server” permission will be able to adjust AutoMod’s settings.

Since AutoMod’s built directly into your Discord server, it’s a great starting point for new communities looking to proactively keep their server safe. For long-standing servers with a seasoned team of moderators and self-crafted mod bots, AutoMod acts as an additional layer of protection in case something goes awry. 

AutoMod’s Capabilities & How It Empowers Your Mods

As the newest moderation solution to safeguard your space, AutoMod lives inside Server Settings > Content Moderation on desktop.

AutoMod works by scanning your server’s written conversations — whether they take place in a traditional #text-channel, a Thread, or inside your Text Chat in Voice — for specific keywords, links or phrases. 

Of course, this won’t work without AutoMod knowing *what* to look for. That’s where your moderation team comes in!

A screenshot of AutoMod’s rules settings. Displayed are options to add words or phrases to a ruleset, specifying a moderation response, and choosing which users or roles are exempt.
You can specify what words AutoMod looks for, along with what actions to take. You can also exclude users or roles from the ruleset.

The content AutoMod searches for is completely customizable, from single words to complete phrases. Is your coffee server tired of people spelling  certain caffeinated liquids as “expresso?” Add the misspelling to one of your custom rule sets, and once someone says “expresso” again, you can step in and give them a polite lesson on how to actually spell  “espresso.” 

To start, you can set up a “Commonly Flagged Words” filter which allows you to toggle three readily available wordlists that are designed for instant protective coverage against commonly flagged words. Once you’ve gotten familiar with how AutoMods functions, you can get creative and build up to three of your own custom filters that better fit your server’s unique needs.

 A screenshot of AutoMod in action. A user named noisy blue bird has posted an incorrect spelling of “espresso,” causing the message to be reposted in a Moderator-only channel.
In this example, AutoMod has caught someone spelling “espresso” incorrectly.

As your community grows accustomed to your filters, you might discover people in your community trying to circumvent your filters and get harmful messages in circulation. So how can you block all kinds of words that partially match your keywords too? 

Wildcards are here to help: By placing a * wildcard character at certain positions around your word or phrase, you can designate those words or phrases to be flagged when they appear in the beginning, middle, or end of other words. 

  • bake* ⇒ Today, we baked some coffee cake
  • *milk ⇒ I add soymilk to my coffee
  • *press* ⇒ A Gibraltar is equal parts espresso and milk
A screenshot of AutoMod’s rules page. Four rulesets are shown, with a variety of actions taken as certain actions are taken. Some automatically block messages, while others send alerts or timeout users.
The flexibility of AutoMod allows you to specify what to do, to what messages, and where to alert your moderation team.

From relaying potentially harmful messages to your mod team as they appear to timing out users for posting shady links or trying to sneakily post “fr3e D!sc0rd Nitr0,” AutoMod takes the actions that you tell it to, letting you return to what matters the most: bonding with your friends and community. 

This is only a small preview of everything AutoMod has to offer. For the full rundown of everything you can do with AutoMod, check out our intricate Help Center article here.

Get Back to Enjoying Your Community — Let AutoMod Handle It

With AutoMod, moderators of all skill levels can quickly set up auto-moderation right from your community’s server settings. Spend less time tirelessly monitoring dozens of channels and more time enjoying refreshing conversations and lifelong friendships in your community. 

AutoMod is available now on Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and on the web app. If you manage a Community server, you’ll find AutoMod within Server Settings. If your server isn’t a Community Server yet, you can enable the features within Server Settings > Community, then AutoMod will be available to you.

AutoMod’s capabilities will only get better as time goes on — keep an eye out in the future for new and exciting moderation upgrades being added to AutoMod’s toolshed.

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