Discord is a communications and community-building service that supports voice and video streaming, commonly used in gaming communities, but also by many projects outside that industry.

FreeBSD runs a dedicated Discord "server", where its community members can socialise, obtain support or support others, learn, contribute, collaborate, and stay up to date with all things FreeBSD-related.

To join the server, click the invitation below:

Why Discord?

Discord boasts broadly accessible and unique features that the the community can enjoy without the steeper learning curves associated with other support and social mediums that can often deter or overwhelm newcomers.

It is popular with non-technical people and provides an opportunity to broaden FreeBSD's reach outside traditional spaces and audiences. Having a presence on Discord means the friction-less discovery of and access to FreeBSD to the broader Discord user community.

Guidelines & Rules

Our FreeBSD Discord server rules and guidelines are in addition, and complementary to, the FreeBSD Code of Conduct.

Channel Overview

Channels are organised into four high-level user-goal oriented categories, to help you find what you're looking for:

Can I Help?

Absolutely! We are keen for members to reach out and talk about how we can best leverage and improve the Discord experience. Some ideas we'd love people to get involved with include:

Even the smallest of ideas can go a long way, so get in touch on our Discord:#community channel.



Principles and guidelines that inform our behaviours, decision making and evolution:


Roadmap of things we're looking at to improve the experience on and management of our FreeBSD Discord server.

Include a link to the channel where people can participate and contribute to this.




Member Screening

New members must read/accept guidelines & CoC before being granted member role


Community Server Enabled

Additional community management and moderation features


Moderator 2FA Enabled

Require two-factor authentication for moderator actions


Server Discovery Member

Listed in in-app server search

Requires 7,000 members. May apply prior.

Partnership Program Member

Custom URL, Branding, Features, Perks

We currently meet 5 of 6 requirements with 'activity requirements' to go

Verified Server Enabled

Custom, unique URL, Invite Splash, and Verified Badge

TODO: Send an application when ready.

Automated News, Updates, Announcements Channel.

This is more of a data aggregator of things FreeBSD. Details yet to be worked on.


Channel Reorganisation

User Goal-oriented categories


Set topics in all channels


Announcement Setup

Determine best method to update members of discord changes/improvements

(./) Pinned messages in #community

New Member Screening

Use Discord native screening, simplifies perms


Review redbot

Review for Features/Maintained'ness/OSS/Framework


BOT: Moderation & Admin

Moderation and admin features

(./) Dyno

BOT: Feature: Statistics

Server, channel, member statistics

TODO: BotFeatureComparison

BOT: Feature: "Levels"

Gamification and activity/engagement encouragement

TODO: BotFeatureComparison

BOT: Review

Document selection criteria, candidates, assessment and decision basis on a bot framework / instance

Create under /BotReview


  • TODO: Document unique guidelines.
  • TODO: Describe complementary & link to existing community guidelines.

  • TODO: Procedures (do's and dont's) on how to handle certain situations?


See Also

Links to Discord client software (ports?).

Invite Sources

CategoryCommunity CategoryTeam

  1. This doesn't mean any moderation, potty mouths or not considering the impact of what we say (1)

  2. This essentially means voice, video, streaming, social content and services, interactivity and real-time collaboration (2)

  3. This means having to deal with discomfort, but it's worth it. (3)

  4. "Move fast(er) and minimise breakage". And have a contingency plan. (4)

  5. "pings" are costly. Don't spam. Provide REAL value. (5)

  6. Engagement is not a goal. Genuine, lasting community growth and quality is. (6)

  7. Solutions for undefined problems or without definitions of success are not valuable. Horse > Cart. (7)

  8. This is hard. (8)

Discord (last edited 2021-04-16 02:36:58 by KubilayKocak)