Discord gives servers a way to block spam and harmful content, will expand premium membership – Meczyki.Net

Discord is offering a native way for servers to detect and block harmful messages and spam in advance. equipment, called auto modeAvailable today and will allow anyone moderating one of Discord’s server-based communities to create a custom list of words that the new bot can scan and intercept.

When one of the target words is detected, the bot can automatically block that message so that it never hits the server, send an alert to a specific channel to give moderators a heads up or temporarily block their ability. Putting the user in a “timeout” by turning it off. to send a message. Discord will also provide a pre-built list of words and phrases that are commonly flagged by mods that can be easily triggered without creating a custom keyword list.

“I think one of the big pain points that we’ve heard from a lot of moderators is that they spend a lot of time policing their servers, as opposed to actually doing the things they want to do, such as running an event [and] Creating culture,” Jesse Wofford, Head of Maker Product Marketing, told Meczyki.Net.

Unlike existing tools, Discord’s Autobot can pre-scan a conversation, identifying anything with the target keyword before it appears in the chat. External devices previously did not have the necessary permissions to view messages before hitting a server and instead automatically moderated them a few seconds later. Discord says it will give its developer community the ability to build on Automod’s preemptive detection capability while the new native tool is out in the wild.

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“There are a lot of moderation bots on Discord and I think they are really doing a lot of the lifting for now,” Wofford said. “We’ve taken a lot of inspiration from them about what’s working for them and really chatted directly with the developers and chatted with our admins about what they’re like.”

Discord is rapidly building out some of the features that its users previously included in its core apps through external services. Users have long relied on the app’s external ecosystem of plug-in tools to do everything from scanning for harassment to welcoming new server members and DJing music within channels and play mini games,

Wofford says that Discord wants developers to “come along for the ride” and remain relevant, even as the company integrates features that external bots previously provided its community.

In addition to introducing Autobot, Discord also announced that it will be expanding premium membership, a Patreon-like way for active community members to pay for perks and additional server access.

This summer, Discord will start allowing more servers to enable premium subscriptions, but the company isn’t opening the feature up to anyone just yet. Discord will allow servers in the US with fewer than 500 members to apply for the program, but will still review those communities to ensure the rollout is going smoothly and that the company learns along the way.

“We want to make sure we’re very thoughtful about people coming in,” Wofford said. “We think we’re creating a really new paradigm for career monetization when it comes to ideas about the value of community that you can monetize. And I think we’re playing the long game here.”

Discord first announced a pilot program for premium subscriptions in December. The company began by giving a small group of communities access to a feature set that allows servers to make part or all of their content available only to paid members. Early servers that tested premium subscriptions included a game tutorial community, The Trans Community Center, and Stream Professor, which provides guides for those getting into livestreaming.

The idea is both to make the work of keeping a Discord community more “sustainable” and to bring in external payments that bring users into Discord itself for premium content on Patreon or elsewhere. Server administrators can set their own pricing based on what works for their community and what they plan to provide.

Through early feedback with its pilot program, Discord is also adding new features to premium memberships, including a new analytics dashboard, custom server emoji, and the ability to offer a free premium trial membership so that potential members can save money from purchasing. can try first.

also presenting a quarrel Two new resources for the mod and admins who manage communities: a community resource center that stocks them with educational information to help get servers up and running and a special center where community admins can interact with Discord employees, get news and participate in events.