A Discord server is an online space on the Discord app created for specific groups to connect. The server is divided into channels, which are dedicated to particular topics within the group. Imagine the server as a filing cabinet and each channel as a file folder in that cabinet.
When you join a new Discord server it can contain lots of channels, and this can get overwhelming for users. We all know what it’s like to get too many notifications on our phone or desktop.
Fortunately, there is a solution to the information overload you may experience on a Discord server. As a user, you have the option to tailor the content you see in a server to fit your preferences and interests. A handy way to do this is through self-assigned roles.
Self-Assign Roles on Discord—All Explained
Usually only channel admins are allowed to assign roles on Discord. Admins, or administrators, are the people who create and oversee a Discord server. They invite people to join the server and assign roles to the users. Roles on a Discord server help the admin organize users and ensure they get the content they want from the server.
In a server with hundreds or even thousands of users, it can be annoying and complicated for admins to change the permissions every time a user wants to add or subtract a role. To save the admins a lot of headaches, they can enable bots that allow users to do this chore themselves.
As a user, when you self-assign roles on Discord, you control what kind of content you receive through the server. Servers that give you this option will typically have a designated place for role selection, usually in the “Intro” or “Welcome” channel. The channel greeting will prompt you to select the roles you would like.
Types of Self-Assigned Roles
Some roles on a Discord server are administrative and come with the ability to make changes to the server. These roles are typically not self-assigned but are granted to people to whom the admin wants to delegate tasks.
The roles that you can self-assign tend not to be focused so much on granting you permissions but filtering server posts so that you only see the content you are interested in. Some roles are practical, and some are just for fun.
When you assign yourself a role on a Discord server, you are essentially giving the server bots a picture of what kind of user you are. This way, the bots will know what content to send you notifications about.
This is a fun one. Most servers have a selection of reactions that you can use to quickly respond to a post or a comment. These reactions are more than just emojis, though.
By enabling a Reaction Roles bot, the admin of a server can create roles that correspond to a reaction. When you visit the “Welcome” or “Intro” channel, you will see a key that equates roles with a certain reaction.
For example, the Welcome channel on a Harry Potter fandom server might have a prompt that says, “react with the color of your Hogwarts house.” You could then react with red, green, blue, or yellow in the reaction menu.
Depending on the reactions you choose on the server’s welcome page, the bot will assign you roles and let you access channels that interest you. For example, if you selected yellow in our theoretical Harry Potter server, you would be admitted into a Hufflepuff channel where you can discuss what good finders you all are. It’s a Hufflepuff thing. You wouldn’t understand.
Let’s say you are part of a server that focuses on a really broad topic, but you are only interested in a few sub-topics. An anime-related server might have sub-topics related to specific anime like My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist, or Cowboy Beebop. A server related to gaming could have sub-topics for particular games like Fate/Grand Order or Persona.
Assigning yourself roles based on your interests will ensure that you see posts and comments about the sub-topics you care about and won’t be bothered by content that doesn’t interest you. It’s like a funnel for your Discord server.
Some of the servers you follow probably have many events going on, some that you want to attend, and others that you aren’t interested in. If a server has self-assigned roles enabled, they often have different roles for each kind of event they organize or participate in.
Just like with interest-related roles, you can assign yourself certain roles based on what events you want to attend. Maybe you want to be alerted when someone on the server starts streaming a playthrough of Bloodborne, but you don’t want to receive alerts every time a gamer starts streaming Mario Party.
Event-based roles can get very specific. If you want to be alerted about an annual video game charity stream in your area, you can select a role that will filter out all the other events you aren’t interested in.
Dive Into the Server
You’ve found an awesome server that gives you access to your favorite content, but it comes with a lot of excess content that isn’t relevant to you. You could leave the server and save yourself the notification overload, but then you’d be missing out on the server channels you enjoy. Instead, weed out the deadwood with some self-assigned roles.
Once you get the hang of self-assigned roles, you can filter out unwanted content and tailor your Discord experience to suit your interests. You won’t have any backlog of notifications from topics and channels that aren’t relevant to you.
Whether you use Discord for a gaming community, D&D group, or theater company, there’s no limit to the customization you can bring to your feed by selecting self-assigned roles.