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How to Make a Discord Channel Read Only

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Written by Kelly Houstan

At the very first, glance, that makes a Discord channel read only seems to run counter to how the platform was designed. It’s a one-way conversation where you guys get to read chat, however, cannot react, contribute or say anything. Drill down a little and you begin to see that it actually makes a little sense when used correctly. Just read this article to know all about How to Make a Discord Channel Read Only. Let’s start!

Read-only Discord channels are ideal for larger clans or guilds that have a lot going on. Some of my old World of Warcraft guilds used to run read-only channels, like did my old Eve Corp. They would use it in order to outline basic information you needed to know in advance of a raid. Or also before you joined the raid channel. It actually gave you all the basic information that you needed to be up to speed on what was going on as well.

Used well, read-only Discord channels can be like a newsletter or briefing. Telling members what’s going on and making sure everyone is on the same page before a raid or event. In theory, it should prevent the majority of dumb questions people have before a raid. It never works like that of course but it’s a good theory.

How to Make a Discord Channel Read Only

In order to make a Discord channel read-only, you guys will have to be the server owner or administrator. Or also create a server where you guys have those permissions. Then we can also get to the configuration.

  • Just create a server or also choose the server that you can to make read-only.
  • Right-click the server and also choose Server Settings.
  • Choose Roles from the slider menu as well.
  • Then select the small ‘+’ next to Roles in the center pane of the new window.
  • Now name your new role something suitable and also save the changes.
  • Assign that role to a member of your server via the Roles menu on the left.
  • Choose Create Channel from the left menu and provide it a name. ‘Announcements’ is most of the time good.
  • You have to check the box next to #Text Channel and Create Channel.
  • Right tap on the new channel and choose the gear icon to access settings.
  • Select the Permissions tab and then choose @Everyone.
  • Now turn off the ability in order to Send Messages by hitting the red X. Leave Read Messages enabled.
  • Choose the ‘+’ icon next to the role and also add the Announcement role.
  • Permit Send Messages for Announcements and then save the changes.

Now you guys have denied write access to the @Everyone group which stops them from writing anything in the channel and that you guys are good to go. Just create the Announcements role and that permits it to write messages is where you guys can fill the channel with all the useful information you want to share. You can of course call your channel and also role anything you like, however, something descriptive like Announcements helps everyone.

Now you guys can create all your messages and have them display as people arrive or configure a bot in order to do it. As long as you guys use the Announcements role or create a particular role for the bot. Then your messages will be communicated as well.

MEE6 also has the ability to play messages to arrivals to a channel that can also be used in conjunction along with these settings on your new Announcements channel. They are actually called Welcome Messages and can be configured in order to display all the information that you want to communicate. Mostly, I counsel against announcing new members to a channel because it can put some people off joining. However, in an announcements channel that’s different actually.

What’s more

You guys could create a role for the MEE6 bot and also have it play all the important messages. That you want to communicate since people join and add supplementary information as you go. It’s just a simple setup process that needs you in order to invite MEE6 to join your announcements channel. Set up a role for it and turn on private messages to new users. You can also write as much as practical in that new message and go from there as well.

I’m sure there are many other bots out there that can also do the same thing. However, MEE6 is one of the best and most flexible bots out there so should be more than up to the job actually.

The process to make a Discord channel read-only is really straightforward. However, as always, there is a little more to it than just changing roles as well. Knowing what to communicate and also how is a really big part of how effective your channel will be. So just keep the messages short, concise and to the point and you should do fine as well.

Do you guys use announcement channels? Does your clan or guild actually? How can they implement them? Do they work or are they more annoying as well? Just tell us your thoughts on them below!


Well, That all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

Have a Good Day!

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