APEX Discord Server Info
Our community has started a Discord server to help keep connected during this time. Here is the basic run down.
-What is Discord?
Discord is a free platform that enables easy group chats, voice communications and more. Right now we are largely using it for text based chatting (with plenty of links, pics, memes etc.) with the occasional voice chat now and then.
-How do I use it? Phone? PC? Web?
Discord offers many options to access their platform. You can install an app on your computer, phone or tablet, or just use about any web browser without having to install anything at all! For those just starting out, having a larger screen and the PC app or web browser version may be easier to use at first – It is much easier to get to all the options, but you can also use it on the phone at the same time! If you need more in-depth information about getting started with Discord, you can view the official Discord getting start guide here: https://support.discordapp.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033931551-Getting-Started
-How do I join my APEX friends on Discord?
We use the private server option, so to join our server, you must use the invite link here: https://discord.gg/SwvKdRA
If you already have a Discord account, it should add the APEX Server to your account – you will see an APEX logo on the left side of your client representing our server. If you do not already have a Discord account, you can easily create one after clicking on the invite link.
-Is it safe to use/post pics/share info?
While most people you find on Discord may be fellow APEX members, remember that Discord is not APEX, it is the Internet. We can’t control the Internet. We are unable to verify club membership, so carefully consider your risk/comfort level with sharing things online. Think of it this way, if you can follow these instructions to join our server, so could someone else!
-What if I want a different username than my normal Discord account? Should I get a new account?
Many users already have Discord for gaming or other social groups, but still want to keep everything on one account. Your username is visible to anyone who you connect with on Discord, so many users may not use their scene names. However, when you connect to a Discord server, you have the option of setting a “nickname” that is specific to that server. This allows you to use whatever name you want (and even add pronouns!) while being able to avoid potentially uncomfortable new conversation topics with your friends or family.
-Ok, I’m in! Now what?
By default you will be dropped into the Lobby. Here you can chat with others, share links, pictures, and more. You will find that all of our channels are marked “Not Safe For Work” and you will have to acknowledge that you are over 18 because of adult content. Since we have an ever expanding array of channels as varied as our membership, we have elected to make most of the channels “opt-in”.
So that you are able to self manage what channels you can see and access, we have setup a handy Apex Bot. This bot allows you to self-add Discord “roles” (think of permissions or access control system, not necessarily lifestyle roles) that will grant or remove access to channels without having to find someone to add or remove them for you.
The Apex Bot responds to commands that are sent as normal text messages in chat. All commands will start with an exclamation point – ! For example, to opt-in to the very popular APEX channels, type !apex and hit send. Apex Bot will then grant you the APEX role (it should respond with a message) and new channels will be available for you to chat in. There is also a !help command to find out all about the commands the bot has available.
We have also setup an entire “Kinky Fun” category of channels for those craving even more specific chat channels and topics. You can use the !kinkyfun command to quickly turn them all on. From here, you will find an ever expanding and changing list of channels based on informal user feedback and engagement. If there is way more than you are interested in, or you are only interested in specific channels, you can use the !vanilla command to remove kinkyfun.
If you wish to only have specific channels in the Kinky Fun category, you can not have kinkyfun role enabled – that turns all the channels on. There are commands to add or remove roles so you only have to see what channels you want to see. For the most fine tuned controls, try the !help selfrole command.
As of this writing there are a number of commands we have added to make adding and removing these self roles a little easier. Apex Bot refers to these as aliases, so for a current listing you can use the !alias list command to see what is currently setup.
For example, these commands add / remove individual channels:
!apex / !noapex — The Apex channels! (you probably want this)
!blood / !noblood — Blood play
!bootblacking / !nobootblacking — Boot blacking
!cigar / !nocigar — The League of the Leaf
!code / !nocode — Code, programming, computers…
!gaming / !nogaming — For the gamers
!little / !nolittle — Littles
!memes / !nomemes — The very popular memes channel
!music / !nomusic — Tunes!
!nsfw / !nonsfw — Another popular channel
!recipes / !norecipes — Recipes, cooking, FOOD
!rope / !norope — Gotta have a rope channel
!toys / !notoys — Toys, tools and fun
There are a few roles you can set that do not come with any channels or Discord authority but are there for you to show how you support our club. You can have all or none of them set as you choose, its up to you!
!dms — For DMs
!door — For Door
!orientation — Orientation team
!volunteer — We <3 our volunteers!
Sometimes new channels are setup before aliases, or things may move around, so if there isn’t an alias that works, you can always use !selfrole list to see all the options Apex Bot can grant you.