How to Create, Setup, and Use Forums Channel on Discord

Discord has recently introduced a new feature called the forums channel, which allows server owners to create a dedicated space for organized conversations. Previously, Discord only supported text, voice, announcement, and stage channels. With the addition of the forums channel, server owners now have more options for engaging with their community. In this article, we will guide you through the process of creating, setting up, and using the forums channel on Discord.

Pre-Requisite to Forums Channel on Discord

To enable the forums channel on your Discord server, you need to enable the community option. By default, Discord only allows you to create text and voice channels. Here's how you can enable the community option:

  1. Open the Discord desktop app or website in your browser and select the server where you want to create a forums channel.
  2. Click on the server name at the top left corner and select “Server Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the Server Settings, choose the “Enable Community” option in the left sidebar.
  4. On the Community page, click on the “Get Started” button.
  5. Toggle on the checkboxes for “Verified email required” and “Scan media content from all members”. Then click on “Next”.
  6. Select the channels that Discord should send rules and guidelines, and community updates. If you don't have any channels for them, you can create one or select “Create one for me”. Then click “Next”.
  7. Enable the checkboxes for “Default notifications to Members only” and “Remove moderation permissions from @everyone”. Discord will automatically change the settings for you.
  8. Select the “I agree and understand” checkbox and click on the “Finish Setup” option.

Once you have completed these steps, the community options will be enabled on your Discord server, including the forums channel.

How to Create a Forum Channel on Discord

Once you have enabled the community option on Discord, you can create a forums channel. Here's how:

  1. Open the Discord server and click on the server name at the top left corner.
  2. Select the “Create Channel” option.
  3. Choose the “Forum” option from the list.
  4. Give a name to the forum channel and click on the “Create channel” button.

Congratulations! You have successfully created a forums channel for your Discord server. Now, let's move on to setting up the channel.

How to Setup a Forum Channel on Discord

Discord provides all the necessary settings to set up your forum channel. Here's how:

  1. Click on “Set recommended permissions” to decide which roles can access and post on the forum.
  2. Click on “Create post guidelines” to create rules for forum users.
  3. Click on “Set default reaction” to select the default emoji for users to react to posts.
  4. Use the “Make the first post” option to create an initial post on your forum.

Note that these settings may not be available once the first post is made. To access them later, click on the cog icon next to the forum channel in the left sidebar. From there, you can change the forum name, post guidelines, default reactions, permissions, and more. You can also create tags and set up slow mode to control posting frequency.

Remember to save all your changes by clicking on the “Save changes” button at the bottom of the settings page.

How to Use a Forum Channel on Discord

Using the forum channel on Discord is easy. Here's how:

  1. Open the forum channel and click on the “New post” button at the top to create a post.
  2. Add a title, message, and attach files to your post.
  3. Click on a post to open it in the side panel. You can react to the post and send messages like in a Discord thread.
  4. If you have posted the message, you can edit or delete it using the kebab menu (three-dot menu).

Remember that each role on the server may have a different level of access to the forum. By default, all users have complete access to the forum except for the forum settings, which are controlled by the server admin.

How to Delete a Forum Channel on Discord

If you no longer need the forum channel on your Discord server, you can delete it. Here's how:

  1. Click on the cog icon next to the forum channel to open the channel settings.
  2. Click on the “Delete channel” option.
  3. Confirm the deletion by clicking on the “Delete channel” button in the pop-up.

Please note that there won't be any confirmation pop-up, and the forum channel will be deleted immediately.

In Conclusion

The forums channel is a welcome addition to Discord, providing support for organized conversations within servers. While the forums channel is a great feature, it would be even better if Discord introduced more channel types, such as calendar and streaming channels. Another platform called Guilded already supports these features, along with the ability to attach large files. Nonetheless, the forums channel offers a valuable space for community engagement on Discord servers.