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About view-only channels

Currently, you can only set up and manage view-only channels using Status desktop. Download Status desktop.

Channels are spaces for conversation, discussion and information sharing. By default, all community members with access to a channel can read and send messages.

As a community owner or admin, you can set a channel as view-only. To learn how to do that, check out Set up a view-only channel.

A read-only channel helps maintain clear, uninterrupted communication for specific purposes. While members can't respond directly in these channels, they are crucial in keeping your community informed and engaged.

View-only channel permission

When you set up a channel permission, only members who meet the criteria for that permission can perform the associated action within that channel.

This is how the View and View and post channel permissions work in your community.

Channel permission \ Member Members not meeting the criteria Members meeting the criteria Owner and admins
View and post

( view and post, view only, no access)


Members with view-only access to the channel can still react to messages in the channel with emojis.

Using a view-only channel

View-only channels can help keep your community organized and focused. Here are some ideas on how you can use view-only channels.

  • Community announcements and updates

    To keep important announcements or updates clutter-free, use a view-only channel. Only community owners and admins can write in these channels, ensuring your message is delivered without distractions.

  • Information sharing

    If there are specific resources or guidelines that members need to access regularly, a view-only channel is as a convenient and easy-to-find repository. For example, you can share information that new community members may find helpful.

  • Learning communities

    In learning communities, view-only channels allow owners to share exercises and training materials while keeping the conversation focused.

  • Voting or pooling areas

    Because members with view-only access can still react to messages in view-only channels, owners can use them for voting on different topics or proposals.