Welcome to the wild world of Discord. Originally designed for gamers, this social app has become the go-to meeting place for all sorts of niche communities - especially in Web3. Whether you are a collector interested in joining a project’s community or a creator looking to build a community around your own collection, your journey will begin on Discord.
A Discord server will typically include a variety of channels for different purposes: announcements, general chats, swapping, selling, project roadmap, showcasing, etc. Many servers use bots to help moderate and track member access and communications. Some servers may also use verification bots, so you’ll need to connect your wallet in order to participate.
In this post, we’ll walk you through the basics of a Discord server: from joining to navigating to participating.
You will join a Discord server by clicking on an invite link which you can usually find in a collection’s Magic Eden profile or Twitter bio. This will redirect you to your Discord app to accept the invite. Most Discord servers will have a few verification tasks you need to complete before joining the server, such as reading through a set of roles and reacting with a certain emoji. These tasks are set up to ensure that you aren’t a bot or a malicious actor.
Discord servers contain several channels - each of which contain different types of discussion or information. A channel may be a text or voice channel, some of which may be read or listen-only.
Because every server has its own unique channel structure, navigating a new server can take a bit of adjustment. These are a few common components to look out for:
The most popular type of Discord integration is a bot. Discord bots can serve a variety of functionalities within a server - moderation, price updates, verification, calendaring, role management, etc. They typically serve to automate tedious tasks or enhance channel structures. In addition to bots, some projects may use third-party integrations to further enhance the server experience.
One popular integration to Solana projects is Grape Protocol. Grape integrated into a Discord server provides a variety of wallet-connected functionalities. If you join a server that employs Grape, you will be prompted to connect a Solana wallet to continue. Once inside the server, you may have access to different channels depending on the presence or balance of NFTs in your wallet. This protocol enables proof of “skin in the game” member filtering, establishes token-gating for exclusive channels and introduces a variety of novel reward and moderation tools.
Solaland’s is another verification bot offering token-gated features to enhance the server experience, enabling roles and channels that are unique to the project. These features include private channels for verified holders of the NFTs, weighted roles based on how many NFTs a user holds, and roles based on attributes of the NFTs. Another discord integration is Solabots which allows server members to claim roles if they hold certain NFTs from the collection. Their Wallet Role Bot allows server members to claim roles if they are the owners of certain wallet addresses. Both of these integrations update roles automatically as items are sold.
Like any great tech-enabled endeavor, NFT projects are at risk of being scam targets. In the NFT landscape, there are a variety of tactics used to scam individuals of tokens, NFTs, and other valued assets. Here are some common ones to be aware of:
Discord is a great way to connect with fellow collectors, project members, and enthusiasts. It can help bring your NFTs to life and introduce you to new friends along the way. Try it out for yourself, and of course, do so with both curiosity and caution!