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Discord is a live chat system used by many WikiTreers.


Discord for WikiTree Members

What is Discord?

Discord is a popular chat program where users can chat by voice or text.

Forums or groups on Discord are called "servers." The WikiTree Discord Server is subdivided into "channels" for WikiTree projects, special events, and specific topics.

Why use Discord for genealogy collaboration?

Discord enables rapid, back-and-forth communication. This can be very helpful for collaboration. Also, the conversations on Discord can be light and enjoyable. Conversations in our G2G discussion forum and in comments on profiles need to stay more strictly focused on genealogy because they are tracked in profile activity feeds and stored forever on WikiTree.

It is important to note, though, that our community's courtesy guidelines and discussion rules still apply.

Why is it called "Discord"?

Many people wonder about the name. "Discord" is the opposite of harmonious collaboration.

One of the founders is quoted as saying, "it just sounds cool." Discord was originally created for young gamers, so a "cool" sounding name was important to them.

How to get started

Access the WikiTree Discord Server here.

On your first visit, you will need to register for a free account on Discord. When you're done, click this WikiTree Discord Server link again.

Do I need to download software?

No, but you can if you like.

Once you have a free account with Discord, you can download their desktop app or continue accessing it through your web browser. There is also an app for Apple and Android phones.

How to verify your WikiTree account

When you first enter the WikiTree Discord Server, you will see a list of "channels" on the left. Click to enter the wikitree-verification channel where you'll find instructions on how to edit your nickname and tag the WikiTree Team to get verified.

Once you are verified, "roles" will be added to your server profile within about five minutes. You'll know this has happened when you see additional channels visible on the left side panel. These roles are assigned based on the badges on your WikiTree profile.

Take your time looking around and use the general-chat channel if you have questions.

Project Leader Information

Here is additional information for project leaders and coordinators who want to use Discord for their group collaboration.

How to Invite Your Project Members to Discord

To invite your project members to the WikiTree Discord server, simply send them to this help page. The most recent sharing link will be kept up to date in the How to Get Started section.

How to Give Your Project Members Access to Your Project Channel

Once your project member has been verified by a member of the Team, their roles will be automatically assigned according to the project badges on their WikiTree profile. Role assignment takes 5 minutes or less.

Once they've received your project's role, they'll be able to see and participate in your project's channel(s).

How to Request Additional Project Channels

If you feel your project needs additional channels, please contact Eowyn.

How to Setup Your Own Server

Most projects don't need their own server. If you feel like your project would benefit from having its own, please contact Eowyn.

List of Additional Servers

For project servers please contact the Project Leader for an invitation:

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