Chapter 3 Using Draupnir

3.1 Setting up Draupnir

After following the registration you will be invited to a Managment room for your draupnir. This room will be the most important room for using Draupnir. Most actions will happen within this room.

Do not leave or part from the management room.

Losing access to the management room means that you will lose access to your bot.

3.1.1 Inviting the bot to rooms

Commands are run in the management room by sending a message into the room.

Before we can get started you will need to invite the bot into your rooms, so that the bot can protect them.

In order for Draupnir to protect rooms, you will need to run the following command for each room that you want to protect:

!draupnir rooms add <room id or room alias>
You can only protect rooms you have admin access to. Abusing the bot for spam will also result in a ban from the service.

After you have protected your rooms, you will need to give your Draupnir bot the role of Admin. As Matrix uses a power level model, the simplist way to give Draupnir the required privileges is by providing the bot the Admin role. This is necessary because Draupnir requires the privilege to ban servers.

To do this we suggest running the following command in each room you invited the bot into:

/op 100

Make sure to use the userid of the bot that invited you to the managment room and not the user id you used from the email.

Alternatively you can find the bot in the user’s section of your client and provide it with the Admin role there.

For more advanced set-ups, read the spec covering power levels.

Our recommendation for advanced use cases is to keep the power level of the bot above 50 (moderators) and below 100 (admins), since admins cannot be demoted by a user of the same power level. This can, as an example, be done using the “Change server ACLs” permission option in Element-Web’s room settings.

3.1.2 Creating additional policy lists

The core feature of Draupnir is the use policy lists. Policy lists allow moderators to share or subscribe to moderation actions. In the most basic setup, policy lists can be thought of as a database of all your bans for your bot. However in a more advanced setup, policy lists allow you to share moderation decisions with other communities. This includes watching the lists from other communities in Matrix or collaborating with them on the same lists.

Draupnir should have already provided you with a policy list. You should be able to find your list by issuing the !draupnir status command, where it will then be listed under Subscribed and protected policy lists.

Although not necessary, later you may find that you need to create additional lists.

There is a list creation command dedicated for this.

!draupnir list create <shortcode> <alias localpart>
  • shortcode is a short name given to this list. It should be short and easy to type. However contrary to mjolnir you are likely not going to type it often.
  • alias localpart is the local part of the address draupnir is going to create for this list. This is useful if you ever want to share your policy list with other communities.

For example, the following command will create a policy list with the short code spam and the address

!draupnir list create spam my-community-spam-ban-list Subscribing to policy lists

Policy lists are a clever mechanism that allows moderation teams to ban users for different motives (e.g. one list for spam and one for coc). Such a distinction can be useful when several communities want to collaborate together.

Not all communities will share a similar Code of Conduct, but a lot of them will agree on what is spam. Being able to subscribe to another community’s spam list means your own community will be protected from spammers that the other community has already met, all while observing different code of conducts.

To subscribe to a public policy list, you need to retrieve the address of this list. That list being technically nothing more than a Matrix room, its address follows the usual #room_name:server.tld format.

Then to make draupnir follow this list, you need to issue the following command in its control room

!draupnir watch <room alias/ID>

For example to subscribe to the ban list maintained by the Matrix Foundation, you would issue the following command

!draupnir watch
An alternative list we suggest is the CME (Community Moderation Effort) list which is being managed by a group of active community members and has proven itself over time to be effective, fast and objective with their decissions. Their list has the alias

3.2 Moderating with Draupnir

If you are coming from a Mjolnir instance, you may just use the same commands as before. However draupnir in most cases has simpler ways of running commands which will be explained in the following sections.

3.2.1 Banning users

Users can be banned from your community by adding them to a policy list. When you ban a user from a room, a prompt will be shown in the management room for Draupnir asking if the ban should be added to a list. Selecting a list from this prompt will publish a policy, and the ban will be synchronised with all of your protected rooms.

Alternatively, the ban command can be used within the management room to ban users directly.

!draupnir ban entity list [...reason]
  • entity A Matrix user ID, a reference to a room (either an alias, room ID, or a URL), or a server name.
  • list A reference to a room (either an alias, room ID, or a URL) or a list shortcode.
  • reason A reason for the ban to be shown in the list (and potentially to other communities that are watching the list).

So to ban a user with the username we would write the following:

!draupnir ban list spam

3.2.2 Unbanning users

Users can be unbanned from your community conveniently by first unbanning the user from a protected room from your client interface. A prompt should then show in your management room which will allow you to easily remove all of the policies related to this user and unban them from all protected rooms.

Alternatively the unban command can be used from within the management room.

!draupnir unban entity list [--true]

This will remove a policy relating to the entity from a policy list. If the entity is a user, then it is likely that their membership has been set to ban in the protected rooms they were joined to. In order to force Draupnir to remove these “room level” bans, then an additional option of --true must be provided with the unban command.

3.2.3 Kicking users

3.2.4 Redacting users