The Uphill Battle of a New Discord Server
Shameless plug for /r/mi_lon – the /r/me_irl for Toki Ponans
There are two types of Discord servers: those with less than 100 members, and those with 100 or more members.
As you near 100 members, things change – enough people are in your server to where you no longer have to actively go out of your way to advertise to get the server to grow. Your issues will change from those related to too few people to those related to too many people.
There are some things you absolutely need before hitting 100 people:
- At least one or two other top-level administrators.
- At least one moderation bot to assist moderation.
- A well-defined channel layout that will not be changed in the near future.
Getting past 100 members
The Ideal Method
Ideally, you would have an existing community of people that were looking for something unfulfilled by existing servers. If you have that community of people, you should do the following things:
- Tailor the server to meet the fulfillment that your existing community desires, without over tailoring.
- Getting a concrete staffing and setup ASAP is critical here – moreso than when you're starting from true scratch.
The From Scratch Method
If you don't know anyone interested in what server you're doing, you face a different set of arguably harder challenges than a server with a preexisting community.
- You need to get a critical mass of a few active members- these mates will be your lifeblood for a long time.
- You're more free to make changes until your server's concrete starts drying, so to speak. Enjoy this freedom and find what works before you have to start minding the community having to adapt.
- Partnerships are critical- partner with other servers your size.
Don't be afraid to celebrate hitting 100 people- you made the most critical milestone of a server, and you should be proud of it.
I would explain what to do after 100 people, but that's outside the scope of this blog post. Mi tawa! \o