Discord/Twitch etiquette.

  • Most of us use Twitch and or Discord at some time or another. It’s great to be able to communicate with your friends and viewers to create a fun environment whilst we’re streaming or just hanging out with each other.

    TwitchClub is intended to be an open, fun, welcoming space for everybody, but we need your help to keep it that way.

    Here are some guidelines we’d like you to use when interacting with other Twitchclub members (it might help you with other communities also).


  • We shouldn’t have to say this, but above all else, please use common sense. Just stop here and let that sink in for a second. Now go back and read that sentence again. Use common sense.


  • Most of these items cover both Twitch and Discord, text and voice communications, please apply them accordingly.


  • If you find yourself asking “Should I post (or say) this?”. Stop. Think about it, and if you’re still in doubt ask a moderator privately before posting or saying it. It’s better to err on the side of caution.

  • There are a multitude of characters on our Twitch and Discord channels, that come from all different races, creeds, nationalities, orientations, etc. and it’s important that no matter how funny or awesome you think it might be, we need to respect boundaries and act accordingly.


  • Never use anything regarded as “Hate speech”. Hate Speech encompasses, but is not limited to, any speech, text, gesture, or conduct likely to incite violence or prejudicial action against an individual or group because it disparages or intimidates an individual or a group. Examples would include things such as racism, sexism, religious debate, political debate, sexual orientation, etc.


  • At all times, be respectful. The real point is to communicate and help each other out, we don’t use Twitch or Discord to insult, taunt, or harass other people. Friendly banter is fine, just don’t make it personal.


  • If you notice that something you posted has been deleted, don’t repost it. It was deleted for a reason. Don’t complain about it in public chat. If you truly believe we’re in the wrong, simply send a moderator a private message and we can discuss it rationally.


  • If you see something posted that you think doesn’t fit within the guidelines posted by TwitchClub, don’t call out the original poster (that’s just asking for trouble), contact a moderator, and we’ll look into it.


  • Don’t ask to become a mod. That’s the most likely way to make sure it’ll never happen. When a new mod is needed, natural selection will dictate who is invited to the role.


  • Do not post in all caps, EVER (did you see what we did there?)!


  • Do not spoil the game being played or discussed. People hate spoilers. This can include hints, tips, or asking questions that lead to spoilers. If someone needs help, they’ll ask for it and it’s appropriate to offer a response then (but still refrain from spoilers where possible).


  • Do not tell the streamer to play something else. They picked the game they’re playing for a reason. If you only follow a streamer for a particular game, come back when they’re playing it. Do not sit in chat telling them they should play something else, it makes you look like a whiner, and who likes a whiner?


  • Be careful! Keep your personal information to yourself.


  • Do not publicly argue with a moderator, you’re only going to embarrass yourself. If you have a problem that you can’t solve via private messaging with that moderator, then contact either one of the owners (Discord), or the Streamer (Twitch) and find a resolution.


  • If the voice channel has streamers in it already, check the user’s Twitch stream first before joining. Ask them in their Twitch chat if you’re allowed to join the voice chat. We’re all pretty cool people and will usually be cool with you joining, but it’s still best to ask first. If the streamer isn’t streaming, and they’re just hanging with their friends, send them a private message on Discord just to make sure you’re not interrupting a private conversation.


  • In the event that you’re welcome to join a voice channel, check your mic. It’s extremely unprofessional and also annoying for everyone else if your background noise comes through our streams.


  • Check your microphone functions before you go online or into a channel. Check the volume level. Nobody needs to hear high pitch static for 20 seconds, or have you yelling “CAN ANYONE HEAR ME” at a level that would shatter windows.


  • Know how to mute your microphone. Nobody wants to hear bodily functions, eating, drinking, family members arguing in the background, your TV, your pets, etc.


  • We get that you may have a lot going on in your house, but there are plenty of tools to circumvent those disturbances from coming through your mic. Discord has a built in noise gate feature (settings>voice>UNCHECK “automatically determine input sensitivity”> set the slider so ONLY your voice comes through the mic) as well as push-to-talk (settings>voice>input mode>push-to-talk). If someone is vacuuming, or you’re having a bite to eat, or your pets/kids are freaking out in the background, consider that maybe now isn’t the best time to join a voice channel. Be considerate of others, and they’ll return the same respect and courtesy you show them.


  • Stay on topic. If you’re in a channel with 10 other people playing a game, and you absolutely must talk to your mother about why you didn’t do your homework, mute your mic. Other players don’t want to hear that conversation or know why your bed time should be later. Muting your mic can also save you from a lot of potential embarrassment.


  • Don’t talk over other people. The noise will just garble and nobody will understand either of you. Wait for a chance to speak, and give others a chance to do the same.


  • Use your “inside voice”. Unless your mic has serious issues, yelling into it will not allow anyone else to hear you better, in fact it will have the opposite effect. Nobody likes to hear fuzz and noise over their headset. Keep it audible, but not screaming.


  • There are no shortage of voice channels on the Discord server. If you and your friends want to just hang out and shoot the breeze, you’re more than welcome to do so in any empty channel. If you and your community would like your own channel and plan on using it frequently, ask one of the Discord owners and they’ll be more than happy to take care of that for you. We would much rather you have your own space than invade the space of others.


  • You don’t have to take it. Discord has a mute button. If someone is harassing you or annoying, let them know. If he/she doesn’t stop, mute them. Please do not get into an argument over the mic. If you feel that someone needs to intervene, contact a moderator, they’ll be more than happy to assist.


  • That said, keep in mind that other people can mute you. If you spend half the time making fart noises, or eating chips, don’t be surprised that nobody listened to anything you said. Chances are, you were muted and nobody heard you.


  • Voice chat is a powerful tool that can make or break a community. If you treat others with respect, you’ll find they’ll respect you even when you’re trying to hit them from across the map with a sniper rifle.


  • Last but not least, and this cannot be stressed enough: Please don’t self advertise in other people’s streams or channels. It is an incredibly disrespectful thing to do.

  • We have a channel specifically for that purpose, use it (#advertise_yourself_here).

  • Despite this, we still get people coming in to Twitch channels, announcing that they’re streaming, and then disappearing. We get it, you want to grow your community and get to the same place we’re trying to get, but there are infinitely better ways to go about it. We are all here to help each other, so don’t annoy other streamers by trying to steal their viewers. We’ve seen it done in all sorts of ways. If a streamer asks you in their channel, “What are you up to? How are you doing?” You don’t have to announce that you’re getting ready to stream. Right off the bat, that tells us that you’re not there to watch, you’re there to drum up hype for your own stream. Look at it this way. You wouldn’t walk into a store, and when the cashier asks you how you’re doing, you wouldn’t proclaim, “I’M DOING GREAT, JUST GETTING READY TO OPEN UP MY OWN STORE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET!”. It’s tacky as hell. It really is. In the grand scheme of things, we’re all small streamers here. You are going to lose serious respect every time you step on the heads of everyone else.


  • That all being said, this is a place for us to share ideas, congregate, and grow together. We owners and mods hold each other accountable to the exact same standards we hold everybody else to. Twitch Club belongs to all of us, and we can make this work, but we need your help to make it work. Those who can’t follow a couple of simple rules and be decent human beings to each other will only hold everyone else back, and as the leaders of this server, we won’t let that happen.


  • #TLDR

  • Use common sense.

  • Be respectful.

  • Use Wheaton’s law (don’t be a dick).